Tiny People

Tiny Houses. Tiny Furniture. Now…Tiny People.

I made these figures by creating a framework of crushed paper, rolled papers, and tape. Then I did papier mache over them, and painted them with acrylics. I left their arms, legs, and heads mostly unpainted. The heads in particular are made from grocery bag paper.

They are of varying sizes, since I made up things as I went along. They can certainly live in a Tiny House and use Tiny Furniture, though. Because as you know, in the small world, everything fits and we don’t worry about perfection.

Here is the group so far. You may say, why are they all women? And I will say, Because.

I decided to give them all a favorite outfit of mine, the dress/tunic over leggings. Comfortable in all situations.

I especially like the lime green/pink combo. It was inspired by the Lilly Pulitzer look I first saw in my college days, worn by residents of the Philadelphia Main Line town where my college was located, and I loved it the minute I saw it.

Here is a closeup of one of the figures:

This group also includes a cat:

Here is the whole group and the furniture I mentioned in previous posts.

11 thoughts on “Tiny People

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I tried a few options in making their heads and they looked…odd, if not just awful. So I quick tried this twist idea and just letting the paper kind of shape itself and it turned out just like I wanted. I love the idea of them as wearing party hats.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Of course I adore the cat! I like the way the characters all have a commonality to them, as if they are a family or community, but also have their own personalities and styles.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’m still feeling out how to make people. Right now I want to make them standing up, I hate to trap someone in a seated position, say. I’m enjoying making their outfits.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I really enjoy making them (I like making all kinds of figures, really, I’m glad to have another method to use when I want to make some people!). I also like painting outfits for them. I have learned some things about constructing figures from these people, and I’m starting to feel more sure of myself with how to go about it (so they don’t fall apart, for one thing). Looking forward to making more.

  2. marissthequilter

    Ah. Of course there have to be tiny people to live in those delightful, furnished tiny houses. And what a gorgeous group they are. I believe they are so happy to have been created that they are dancing!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I love that interpretation. I was afraid that they were maybe awkward or not proportioned right but as time passes I feel their personalities and quirkiness and I’m looking forward to making more.

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