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?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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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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