What Size are Miniatures?

Maximum Size Limit of Framed Paintings: 6″ X 4.5″ (15 X 11.5 cm) 

And 8″ (20cm) For Sculpture, Across The Longest Length.

The definition of Miniature Art is not absolute, but can be explained as artwork within the size remit of 6 X 4.5″ and must be of exquisite, fine detail.

Here are some examples of Miniature Artwork by Members

What Books are Available?

Two very helpful books for Beginners are:

‘Painting Miniatures’ by Pauline Denyer-Baker Des RCA

This book gives plenty of clear information on all aspects of Miniature Painting. Pauline’s book is available from Amazon – (£16.99)

‘The Techniques Of Painting Miniatures’ By Sue Burton

This book is out of print but is still available on Amazon. It also deals with all aspects of Miniature Painting by drawing on the experience of 28 leading Miniaturists’.

Are there Demonstrations I can Attend?

During The Royal Society Of Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Annual Exhibition, our artist members will be in the gallery each day to demonstrate their Miniature technique and answer questions. 

Details are updated every year and published on the website.

Will I Need A Magnifying Glass?

Most Miniaturists use a magnifying glass, whether hand-held, on a flexi-stand or strapped around the head. Generally they will have a magnification of x3 or x4 and the size of the lens does not necessarily mean greater magnification, although there may be less distortion on larger lenses which will also give a greater area for viewing through. These may be purchased from a model shop or craft shop. Again, there may not be a great deal of choice in smaller shops but most options will be found online. Larger magnifiers may have a built in light as well, and light is an important point to consider.


Some artists may only work during daylight hours and have maximum daylight in the work room. The reality however is that for most of the winter months, an artificial light source is necessary, and a daylight bulb is by far the best. There is little or no colour bias, and it is much easier on the eyes. Daylight bulbs can be purchased from craft shops, and a good selection of daylight lamps is also available from the Daylight Company.