In this article, I will talk to you some more about how to make a cheap-looking piece of miniature furniture look more expensive and fancier with bas relief art.
I will walk you through it step by step in this small tutorial. You don’t actually have to be a carving artist, the way it’s done in my tutorial is very easy, so keep on reading!
But first, what is ‘bas relief art’ though.
The best definition is this quote from the Cambridge dictionary: ” A type of art in which shapes are cut from the surrounding stone so that they stand out slightly against a flat surface, or a work of art done in this way”. (same goes for any other material like wood).
To be more specific, I would advise taking a closer look at this Youtube video below, where Ellie Ellis gives you an introduction on bas relief art.
If you would like to freshen up a miniature piece, like a small wardrobe, with some bas relief, then continue with the small tutorial below.
In a few steps, you can already get a new look!
1. Clean up your miniature furniture
It’s really obvious that first of all, you would need to remove all layers of paint, glue residues, and other bumps from your old piece of furniture by sanding them.
2. Applying the bas relief art.
The second step is applying the bas-relief. Subtle enough to look like wood carving, but without the àctual wood carving, because it takes a lot of practice and requires a very steady hand.
The relief is applied to the sanded piece of furniture, where any cracks are already sealed with a very small amount of filler. Filler can be applied very easily with a small spatula, piece of cardboard, or our fingers. Let it dry well and then sand it some more with a fine grain.
3. Glue scrapbooking sticker sheets on the miniature
On the piece of furniture, we get to work with sticker sheets, mostly known for making cards (scrapbooking).
Many hobbyists already have these at home but if not every hobby store can quickly provide you with a nice supply. Especially edges and corners are very nice to work with on mini furniture.
Remove the stickers from the sticker sheet with tweezers and, if necessary, trim them with a scalpel or a fine pair of scissors.
Glue them along wide edges, where the wood is actually too thick to be beautiful. A corner here and there on doors, sides, and top of the top and the piece of furniture immediately looks very different!
Do not worry about the color difference between silver and gold colored stickers, because they will soon be repainted and then you will no longer see them.
Only black stickers are a bit tricky because the paint here will be a bit harder to cover up.
There’s like a see of scrapbooking stickers on Etsy!
4. The finishing touch
Fun things can also be done with a thin layer of jewelry glue, which can be purchased in bottles that have a spout that you can dose.
Where the curls of the stickers may have an extra sphere, a drop of glue can be applied. This glue will dry up like a ball. If you have a steady hand, you can even make edges with this glue by spraying a whole row of balls, commas, or other shapes next to each other on the mini furniture.
You don’t always need to buy new miniature furniture if you would like something ‘new’ or if you want to freshen up your dollhouse.
Applying the end result of the relief will not look that great, but just wait a while, in the next article we will talk about paint and how to make your bras relief peace look like new! Here is part 2, where we finish it and make it look like new!
Do you have any questions about this method to apply bas relief art or any other dollhouse or miniature-related questions? Feel free to leave your comment in the comment section!
I wish you happy crafting!