Tiny Portrait Project

I found a rubber stamp at Paper Source one day and purchased it. Why? Just cause it was cool.

I finally found a use for it the other day, and I stamped up some pieces of white cardboard we had lying around:

First you mix up some acrylic paint and thin it out with water- to about milk consistency. Alternatively, you can use ink- either liquid or from a stamp pad. If you are using paint or liquid ink, coat a roller with it and then coat your rubber stamp.

Stamp away!

portrait collage

I had Fen draw any sort of portrait she wanted to at first. Then I had her paint general portrait shapes with watercolor and go back into them later with Sharpie for the facial details.

watercolor head


For the last portrait, I had her choose an animal she wanted to paint a portrait of, and she chose a duck. Quack.

tiny portrait paintings



Finally, she decided to add her own little detail in the form of a speech bubble.


tiny painted portrait

This was a fun, quick project, and one that is suitable for use with a bunch of different media. I think it would be fun to try small potato prints inside the frame prints- cut loosely to portrait shapes. Or you could even use the acrylic medium transfer technique.

More frame stamps:
Chalk Frame Rubber Stamp
Border Rubber Stamp Set - Set of 3

Oval Placecard Border Rubber Stamp

What do you think?


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  1. Anyone else would just see an oval but you see a frame for mini portraits. That is why you are so talented Artchoo! Love your blog and your wonderful ideas! You can make beautiful art out of anything!

  2. Awesome project. I love the portrait on the bottom left. I think I identify with the frazzled hair.

  3. Wahoo! Rubber stamp revolution. I’m loving rubber stamps lately. If I didn’t already have too much yarn stashed away, I would focus my sights on collecting rubber stamps.

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