The word "miniature" originally did not refer to size, it was derived from the word "minium" kind of red lead pigment that was used in decorating hand written books in old times those decorations were very small and accurate, so the minium decorations were identified with small paintings.
There are miniature art societies around the world, these organizations operate according to certain regulations with small differences.
A miniature work of art must have high level of composition and master of the technique used.
The object painted should not be larger than 1/6 of its real size, painting of very small objects should carry the character of a miniature.
In general the size of the painting will not be larger than 12.5X17.5cm including frame.
The frames should be of high standard and corresponding with the painting.
The miniature with all its details must stand up to the closest inspection whilst at the same time hold its composition and tonal balance when viewed from afar.
My miniatures are drawn on Ivorine, a white semi transparent composition, and I color them with papers, all kind of colored, textured, transparent, opaque papers, using an extra strong glue and varnish finess for protection. You have to look at the miniature in a second look to realize that it is made of hundreds of pieces of paper. It takes a long time, lots of patience and discipline to execute a miniature.
Different subjects and variety of materials are used to create and preserve the world of miniatures which brings us so much pleasure.
More about the miniatures
It is claimed that in high level of miniature, each detail is a miniature too so that with a magnifying glass the most tiny brush stroke can be seen. A miniature should be executed in a very clean place and often the artist has to hold his breath before touching the miniature.
Also it is said that miniature refers mainly to the technique and the size is in the second place so that a painting size 30 cm may also be a miniature. Traditionally a miniature is a work of art that you can hold in the palm of your hand but certainly there are larger works of art that have the character of a miniature, and should be referred to as the art of miniature.