How To Apply Bas Relief Art – A Small Tutorial

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.

Bas Relief Art

 

Final Conclusion

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!

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I wish you happy crafting!

Best regards,

Lizzy

19 thoughts on “How To Apply Bas Relief Art – A Small Tutorial”

  1. Wow this is coolest article on art! The steps you gave made it look more easier to make it(though it isn’t 😂) 

    I admire the fact that it’s economical; you don’t have to buy miniature furniture all the time you need one and also you can make for others and make cool cash from it. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing the final touch on your next article.

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    • Hi Evagreene, 

      Thank you for your compliments! And indeed making miniatures don’t necessarily have to be expensive. I will prove that even more in the future when I will make a page about how to recycle for example little pieces of plastic or items that you would otherwise throw away in the trash, and make miniatures with them! Happy crafting!

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  2. Omg, I love doll house. I am so happy that my parents still kept mine. I also love the polly pocket and the Japanese Sylvania doll house with the little squirrel family. Good old times. Anyways, thank you so much for the tips to clean them. When I go home tonight I am going to clean it. Cheers!

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  3. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I’m not an artist but I made beautiful artwork by bas relief art in the woods .It’s really cool to see these works of art .And to learn it, I have seen some tutorials from which my Betty found it very easy to learn .To do this I first cleaned my miniature furnishings and then applied bas relief art .Then the filler is easily applied with a small spatula, a piece of cardboard, then dried well and then sanded a little more with a fine grain. I’ve done a lot of hobbies and I don’t think a shopkeeper can fix me too soon. To me it feels great to do so .These corner doors, side and top and the piece furniture immediately look very different which adds a lot of beauty. And through your article I am very grateful to know more details .

    Lastly I would like to say that I have gained a lot of knowledge on how to apply bas relief art through your article and I will definitely follow these and share new experiences with you soon.

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  4. I have heard a little about reviving old miniature furniture to life using the bras relief method. To be honest, you make the process feel really easy. I have quite a number of these miniature lying around and I’ll surely be applying the bras relief method on them. I can’t wait for the paint tutorial. Thanks 

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    • Hello Rhain,

      I am more then happy to have helped you out with my tutorial and I will talk to you later for sure about paint ! 

      Kind regards,

      Lizzy 

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  5. Constructing miniature doll houses can be very exciting but there are so many intricate details. Applying bas relief art is definitely an example of an careful detail that goes along with the process. As such I think your post here is extremely useful for those who are applying bas relief art to their project. Building a doll house can be a fun activity to do with a child and learning how apply art can be educational as well. It’s amazing what some glue and something like sticker sheets can do to improve an existing item, which will keep costs lower as well. This is excellent advice and I will save your post for the next dollhouse project. Keep up the good work!

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  6. I admire art when it’s all done and beautiful but I am not good at creating art. But my daughter is very into art, she is an architectural designer and she is very good with her hands. I’m sure she will be very interested in bas relief art. I will send her the link of this post. Thanks for this post. 

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    • Hello Julliet, thanks for your comment and I wish your daughter much luck with all her artwork !

      kind regards, 

      Lizzy

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  7. I’m so glad I found your website today, I love miniature houses and I always wanted to learn how to make one.

    I have a grand daughter, who is only almost 2 years old, so I have time to build a miniature house for her! 

    I really loved to read your article about how to apply bas relief art on miniature furnitures, I never thought that could be done, but I see you have and it looks fantastic.

    I hope you’ll be sharing more tutorials to help us to make some small furnitures young and old people will love!

    What do you recommend me to do, build by myself a miniature house or to buy a miniature house kit, can you recommend me one, thank you!

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  8. Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful information. Such minor work can be done to enhance the beauty of the home. There are many things that can be done in hobbies, including this one. After reading your article, the hobby was aroused and I am so happy.How To Apply for Bus Relief In Very Easy Articles.

    Think You Again for Giving Needle a Wonderful Article.

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  9. Very interesting and unique content!  Great job at explaining something that is completely foreign to me.  I feel like I would be able to go out and try this for myself with the information you provided.  

    I think for me it would help to see some video examples of the process, but still it was thoroughly explained in your wording.  How long have you been doing this?  Do you have any examples of some pieces that you’ve worked on?  Makes me want to give it a shot and see how well I could do at this.  I have a friend who likes to wood carve and I think he would be interested in your site too.  I will send him your way!

    Thanks so much for the site!  Look forward to reading more, and hopefully seeing something you’ve personally worked on!

    Thanks so much for the site!  Look forward to reading more.

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    • Hi Andy, thank you for the compliments! The plan is to make a youtube channel soon, so keep an eye on my site for more to come! 

      Meanwhile, I will be posting more work from myself here: my personal work and on my new twitter here : my twitter . 

      thank you !

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  10. I’m so glad I found your website today, I love miniature houses and I always wanted to learn how to make one. I admire art when it’s all done and beautiful but I am not good at creating art. I really loved to read your article about how to apply bas relief art on miniature furnitures, I never thought that could be done, but I see you have and it looks fantastic. Thanks so much for the site! Look forward to reading more.

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  11. Very interesting and unique content! Great job at explaining something that is completely foreign to me. I feel like I would be able to go out and try this for myself with the information you provided. Such minor work can be done to enhance the beauty of the home. There are many things that can be done in hobbies, including this one. After reading your article, the hobby was aroused and I am so happy. Thanks so much for the site! Look forward to reading more.

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    • Hello Lalita,

      Thank you for all your positive comments and I wish you happy crafting for dollhouses and miniatures!

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  12. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. The cost effectiveness of the process is what intrigues me. Steps well explained and almost anyone can do it. I just can’t wait for the next phase. I would like to share this article with some of my friends. Thank you for the post

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