Monday, April 7, 2014

The New FREE Spring Issue of Creative Miniaturist Out Now!!



Hello and welcome to the Spring 2014 Issue of Creative Miniaturist!

Just released today, the new Spring issue is all about
clearing out the clutter of Winter with miniatures in mind!

Reduce, Re-use & Recycle!

Instead of throwing it away, you can take ordinary household items
and create wonderful dollhouse miniatures instead!!

Just click on the Spring Issue below and enjoy!



And remember, go here for a quick How-To to download the
FREE e-zine from its host site, ISSUU




Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Miniature Items!!

I have listed some new items on my "table" at the Online Mini Miniature Show at reduced prices!

The show ends tomorrow evening so make sure you visit soon!

http://aminiminiatureshow.weebly.com/diane-costanza-studio.html








Happy Shopping!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Online Mini Show Going On Right Now!



A Mini Miniature Show
Going On Now!

 March 20th - 23rd!


http://aminiminiatureshow.weebly.com/diane-costanza-studio.html

Just click on "DEALERS" and choose your scale!



Diane Costanza Studio
has an online show table
with great deals on all my miniatures!

All New Miniatures Available!!





Sunday, March 16, 2014

FREE AD Opportunity From Creative Miniaturist e-Zine!!


There is still time to send in your information for a FREE business card ad in the Spring issue of Creative Miniaturist! The April 1st due date is coming up fast, though!




So send me your name or business name, contact info, any additional copy you would like to run in the ad, as well as any art of your wonderful miniatures you would like to include That's it! I will create the ad and send it to you for approval.

This is a great opportunity to promote your miniatures or blog at no charge, so take advantage and send those ads in to diane@dianecostanza.com!


Friday, February 7, 2014

How to Download or Print from ISSUU


Hello and thank you for the wonderful support you all have blessed me with on the release of the first issue of Creative Miniaturist©!

I have received several questions regarding how to view or download the file on the ISSUU.com site.

You can download the magazine by opening the page into full screen mode. At the top of the window will be a menu that appears when you hover over that area. All the way to the right, choose the icon second to last and that is a drop down menu that has an option to download the magazine. The file will still be only 150 dpi, but legible on a computer screen. 




ISSUU does have a pay-to-print option ($6.15) at the bottom of the opening screen next to the "follow" button if you were so inclined. But as I said, the resolution is only 150 dpi, so it may not be that crisp. I will personally purchase a copy and let you know how it looks.


Because ISSUU requires the files to be no larger than 150 dpi, I have placed a high resolution 300 dpi print version of the printies on the sidebar here on the Creative Miniaturist© blog and here on Diane Costanza Studio blog, as well, for everyone to download free. Just remember that the printie is for your personal use only and should never be duplicated for profit or sold alone or as part of a printie group. You may share it with a friend, though :-)...

Also, please note that all the links in the issue are live and clickable. Just hover over the url and/or word and the url will appear in blue. Please take the opportunity to visit the sites of  the wonderful ladies who contribute their time and talents to making Creative Miniaturist© such a wonderful first edition!





Hope that helps!

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New One Inch Scale Artist Sets!

Hello my friends,


I have just re-listed some of my more popular
miniature accessories in my Etsy Shop
and added some NEW items, as well.


Introducing the Artist Collection:
3 different sets of art supplies for the 1/12 scale artist!

For the Miniature Calligrapher:



For the Miniature Watercolor Artist:



For the Miniature Sketch Artist:





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Free Advertising Offer in New Mini e-Zine!

We are almost ready to release the first-ever,
online issue of Creative Miniaturist©,
a completely FREE e-Zine with a focus on creating
dollhouse miniatures on a shoestring budget.


Because this FREE online e-zine was created as just another outlet
for sharing all the creative knowledge within the miniature community,
I am offering FREE “business card size” (3.5” x 2”) advertising
to anyone interested in getting the word out about all
the wonderful miniatures they create.


If you don’t have a business card already created,
no worries, I will lay it out for you!
Just send your name, email address, web addresses and
any images you would like to include, like a logo
or a picture of your mini creations,
and I will add it to the Creative Miniaturist© ad pages.

The due date for this first Winter 2014 issue is February 1st!

Can’t make that deadline? Again, no worries!
We’ll just add you to the next Spring 2014 issue, with a deadline of April 25th.

Check out the Creative Miniaturist© blog to download the Deadline Schedule: 
http://creativeminiaturist.blogspot.com

Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this completely FREE offer
to get your name or shop out there in the miniature world?
It is a completely hassle free way to advertise!

Want to become even more involved in the content of Creative Miniaturist©?

Do you love to write? Do you enjoy putting together miniature tutorials?
Do you have a lot of creative knowledge to share in future issues of Creative Miniaturist©?

Just drop me an email with any and all of your wonderful ideas
for tutorials or articles for creating miniatures inexpensively!
Those ideas can be as small as a great tip or hint to a
fully-loaded step-by-step tutorial.
No ideas are ever too small or too large here at Creative Miniaturist©! 

diane@dianecostanza.com.


Let’s all work together to create something fabulous
for everyone to share here within our Huge Tiny World!


Diane

Sunday, December 29, 2013

My New Year's Mini Projects

In addition to launching my new e-Zine, Creative Miniaturist, and creating minis for my Etsy Shop, I have "resolved" to work on some of my own personal miniatures for my own enjoyment alone.


PROJECT #1

First on the list is to put together my McKinley dollhouse. I have had this dollhouse box stored under our bed for years. It was a Christmas gift from Andrew years ago and every now and then he asks me when I will be putting it together and my answer is always "When I get some time."
The McKinley by Greenleaf

Well, as you and I both know, time is what you make it. I must make the time for this project this year, for Andrew.

I love this dollhouse because it is made to hang on the wall. It is quite shallow in depth, so it functions more as a shelf than a dollhouse, so is perfect for displaying my mini collection of children's toys. I now just need to find the wall space!

I have been gathering together miniature toys for several years and have quite a collection, so have decided that the McKinley will be a toy shop. I already have several shop fixtures as well, so the toys now only needs a home. The toys are from various mini artisans and major manufacturers. Others are not even intended as minis, but fit well into the theme as they are.

I have a lot of work to do!


PROJECT #2

The other project that comes to mind is to finish my fairytale cottage. It is 3/4 done, but still needs some brick work done on the chimney and exterior, not to mention a base for the whole piece. I also have to mend the leading in the windows (more on that in another post,)
add front porch posts, create fairytale furnishings and accessories, etc.



I'll post pix and how I did it as I continue to work on the cottage.


PROJECT #3

This project is really more of a challenge. I have always wanted to produce a trash to treasure room box. That is, a miniature room box created entirely from found objects. I want to be able to create an entire scene using only what I already have here in my home and studio to create furnishings and accessories. I don't want to have to purchase anything except perhaps glue if I run out.


I believe it will be easier if I do a contemporary or modern scene so that I won't be restricted by historic accuracy. Pretty much anything goes in an ultra-modern home. Although I don't normally gravitate to modern decor, I think for this project it will be fun to see what I can come up with by using such random objects as a napkin ring and a cereal box originally meant for the garbage.


What miniature projects do you have planned for 2014?




Friday, December 27, 2013

Still Looking For Miniature Artists To Feature!!

Happy Holidays to all my readers!

I am hard at work creating my miniature themed e-zine,
Creative Miniaturist and hope to launch it this January.
For a more in depth explanation of this project,
read my original post here.


I am still in search of miniature artists to be featured
and would love to hear from anyone that is interested in
being interviewed or has a project to share, with the
option of having their work posted on my site as well
as in the e-zine.

If you have any questions or interested,
just contact me via my email.



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