In creating tiny art, I have discovered over time the great benefits of working small. As creatives, it is often quite natural to take on the new work with a large canvas, a nice big sheet of paper, etc. To be able to utilize our medium and explore all these tools is part of the process. However, there are some valuable take-aways to having the opportunity to explore the world of creating smaller artworks. Whether it is trying a sketch in a tiny sketchbook, creating your very own miniature journal, or diving into a small 4-inch square canvas, there is a new way our eyes and hands react to such an interaction with the smaller artwork.
Filippo Lorenzin and Marianna Benetti spent their 14th day in quarantine meticulously hand-making a miniature art gallery for their pet gerbils, Pandoro & Tiramisù.
– Original Article Bored Panda “Gerbil Art Museum”.
Some of the most interesting discoveries were so new to me and hope they will be just as new and exciting to expand your art world. A few of the surprising but absolutely useful discoveries are so worth exploring for anyone such as:
- There is often the notable concern of the cost of materials particularly when we are beginning our art journey. Eliminating this fear of costly materials by the use of a smaller format is a wonderful place to begin or simply take a detour to refresh our artistic eye. I have long believed in the ability to learn as much as one can without the unnecessary concern of having the best materials or largest material to create and explore with. Learning or exploring with art materials one can afford will give you a more relaxed and confident approach to your work.
- There is also an advantage to working small as means to learning possibly quicker than with the use of large materials. For example, an array of small canvases or papers present an opportunity to create not only quickly but with less hesitation as the process creates the necessary mistakes and learning curves we all need. To do this with more inexpensive and smaller materials is a very organic and faster way to explore new things.
- And yes, you can work faster and can complete more artworks! Here is where we are faced with the typical problems and resolutions and discoveries in a much smaller and faster format once again. Here is an example of why the learning process can propel us in ways we may not have been able to if we were using only larger materials.
- Our mental process in decision making and mark making comes into play with working smaller. As our decision making, eye-hand coordination, muscle memory speeds up, so does the learning process of style, form, and play. To be able to play with color, composition, and completion of works in a smaller and quicker way is invaluable in our art journeys.
Finally, I would say that enjoy that the pressure is off. The ability to working small eliminates a lot of the unnecessary pressures so that we may begin to see clearly why we create and how we can grow in our artistic journeys.