New Miniature Labels Due For Release This Month

Following on from the theme of dolls house miniature labels MyTinyWorld have designed a beautiful range of miniature poison labels – perfect for all of our dolls house miniature 1:12th scale glass jars.

Each sheet will contain 12 main poison labels, 8 – 12 small skull icons and 4 – 5 “poison” strips.  Actual number depends on which of the three sets you choose.

Each set is printed on high quality self adhesive vinyl – even the smallest text is readable!

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These sets are based on genuine poison labels we own and have completely rebuilt from scratch to create yet another range of desirable quality miniature labels.

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Ok, the long awaited guide to creating our herb labels!

Jellyka Estrya Handwriting FontAs mentioned previously, these labels are pretty complex to create mainly due to the fact we have to make them small enough to be used as dolls house miniatures, but having said that, they are a whole lot of fun.  I originally had the idea to create these miniature labels after I designed the Apothecary range of dolls house miniature medical labels.  That range was a best seller right from the start as people could finally add a decent apothecary to their dolls house with real, high quality purpose designed glass jars, flasks and bottles AND have authentic period labels to go on them!

Well, we expanded that range to over 400 labels in the end producing them in pretty much every scale from 1:48th up to lifesize (Halloween parties used the real big ones!).   After I had got pretty fed up creating the nice (but plain) chemists labels I decided it was time for a challenge.  I needed something that no one else had done, something that would once again push the boundries of what people expect in 1:12th scale dolls house miniatures.

Well, I am into herbs and have a huge collection in my garden (woefully neglected due to my dolls house duties!) and the idea was born.  I would do a herb range.  Right away I decided I did not just want to write things like “Sage” and “Thyme” on a white label and say “da daaa” my new range of herb labels.  I’d leave that for the unambitious competitors!

At this point for whatever reason my daughter happened by and asked a me a question, one which lit all the bulbs in my house with that “enlightened moment”.  “What plant is it you can use to get rid of the pain if you are stung by stinging nettles?”, she asked.   There it was, the idea, do a range of herbs with their old traditional uses – both magical and medical.

So there began the journey that led to this beautiful and unique range of dolls house miniature magic labels.

Enough talk.  A quick note that if you click an image you should be taken to a larger version!

MyTinyWorld Herb Labels Pictures Stage 1
Right from the startI decided to make the labels look old. There are 3 techniques I could use to achieve this;

Colour – a 100 years ago or so full colour printing was not used (things were hand coloured), so I need to restrict the design to one or two colours. I opted for brown and shades thereof.

Fonts – Although I used a bit of artistic licence with fonts in general I stuck to old fashioned serif based fonts that had the look and feel of days gone by.

Weathering – Adding faults, blemishes, stains, rips and general wear and tear effects. Coupled with good colours and fonts weathering can really make the difference to whether the labels work or they don’t.

Above you can see a series of six images of the St Johns Wort label showing the various definable stages involved in making each label.

Picture 1 shows the basic label I have designed.  It is elongated to fit on our bottles and jars and I have added shadow around the whole border and label edge to give the label some definition.

In Picture 2 I have added lines to divide the label in 3 areas; the top for the title and herb picture, the middle for the herb property and the bottom for the “branding”.  I have also dropped the branding in place – Magik Faerie (both spelt the old english way) based in Dartmoor (as dartmoor has a long history of druids and magic) and finally the “what-we-sell” tag – Herbs, Potions and Magical Ingredients.  This allows me to expand this range of labels quite considerably!

Bernard Condensed Agency FB Font

Jellyka Estrya Handwriting FontFonts used for this are Bernard Condensed Agency FB and Jellyka Estrya Handwriting.

Picture 3 shows the addition of the herb title and the herb properties.  The properties were researched on the internet (google is your friend!) and it took combining information from over 20 sources to produce a central list with generally agreed upon properties. Fonts used are shown below. Teutonic Number 4 for the title (even the font name sounds old!) and Oldstyle HPLHS for the Properties.

Teutonic Number 4 FontOldstyle HPLHS FontPicture 4 shows me dropping in the image of St Johns Wort into the middle section.  The image as shown below is created from a general image of the plant (1 – below), which is then has the background cutout (2 – below), then with the use of the clone tool multiple additional leaves and flowers added.  Once the image is cleaned up and looking smart the hue and saturation of the image is modified to remove all colour and give it the pale brown look so it fits with the label (3 – below).

MyTinyWorld Herb Labels Pictures Stage 2

Picture 5 in the series of 6 shows weathering being added.  I use various brushes to achieve these effects including a coffee cup ring (top left of the picture going through the J and W of the title), 3 or 4 different liquid spill brushes and a couple of cross hatch brushes to allow large scale ageing.  (see image below for examples of brushes used)

MyTinyWorld Herb Labels Different Brushes

The label is now essentially finished at picture 5.  In this instance however I decided to further weather the image by making some of the text look like it worn away resulting in a rather battered looking label!  Picture 6 at the top of the page shows the final label including the text fading.  Below you will find the sequence of how we weather the text.

MyTinyWorld Herb Labels Stage 3

In Step 1 we start by typing the text we want in a standard font (arial) and laying it out how we want to be in the final version.  Step two the brand name and location font are changed to our selected font (Bernard Condensed Agency FB).  Step 3 we change the Herbs and Potions line to the correct font (Jellyka Estrya Handwriting).  Step 4 sees us changing the colour to match the label.  Finally using the eraser tool on various  transparency  settings in step 5, rub off the parts of the text we want to weather.

Once we drag this text block onto the label the background shows through giving the completed weathered look.

So, there you have it.  A quick overview of how the Dolls House Miniature Herb and Magic Labels are created.

Any questions please ask away!

 

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Ever wondered how we make our labels?

We have often been asked how we make our unique range of dolls house miniature labels, packets, posters and packaging so detailed and realistic.   Of particular interest is our range of miniature Magic Herb Labels which feature real herbs with real “magic” properties as passed down by generations for hundreds of years.

Camphor, Cascara Segrada, Cassia and Cats Claw Labels

At the moment there are 40 unique miniature magic labels in this range, with a further 40 in development.  Eventually there will be early 200 to collect which when used with our vast range of miniature glass specially made for dolls house gives a truly stunning effect.

Each label can take up to 4 hours to fully research and design. Each label is individually aged so that no two labels in the set look the same. We use special digital brushes to create effects such as water damage, fading, age spots and general weathering.

In the next post I will take you through the process of researching, designing and making of these beautiful dolls house miniature labels.

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Making Our Dolls House Miniature Ceramics

A row of molds sitting on more blocks of molds

A row of molds sitting on more blocks of molds

MyTinyWorld have what is probably the largest collection of handmade and hand painted dolls house miniature ceramics available any where in the world.

Each and every piece is lovingly made and goes through up to 20 processes and multiple quality control procedures before it is ready for sale.  We have created a page dedicated to showing how our range of humble dolls house miniature ceramics are made  from the first block of raw clay to the finished glossy ceramic. The page can be found here and it includes a detailed narrative along with a series of photos to help customers understand that every piece of ceramic that they buy from us is a miniature masterpiece and deserves to be center of any scene it is part of!

Currently we offer our dolls house miniature ceramics in 15 main collections; Aqua Marine, Bamboo, Blue Edged, Blue Spotted, Cockerel, Earthenware, Green, Green Spotted, Hint of Pink, Metallic, Pink, Salmon, Stoneware, white and yellow.  Each of these sets contains many different sizes of plates, cups, bowls and cooking vessels.

We are working on 18 new collections all of which are hand painted with unique and beautiful designs which we showcased at the  International Dolls House Show in Arnhem, Holland in March 2011. These new collections not only have outstanding hand painted designs they are much thinner than the previous collections allowing for a much better representation of scale.

Interestingly we have seen a recent surge in sales of teapots, cups and saucers and small plates being sold to non-miniaturists.  Who is buying them I hear you ask?  Why?  Well the answer is jewellery makers!  Sometimes it feels like we are supplying the entire Italian charm bracelet market with our dolls house miniature ceramics and bakery items!  For all you miniaturists out there with an artistic flair, it is well worth investing a little effort and time into turning some of your cute minis into fashionable and highly sought after jewellery.

We are currently on the verge of launching some beautiful miniature gummy bears for use as earrings, phone charms and bracelets – take a look at the photos on our facebook page www.facebook.com/mytinyworld or click here for a direct link to the photo album on facebook.

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