Painting Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Miniature

painting Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in miniature
“Mona Lisa after Da Vinci”

I finished my miniature painting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” this past week, and must say that I thoroughly enjoyed painting this tiny version of da Vinci’s beautiful masterpiece! Like so many others, I have been fascinated with this mysterious painting as long as I can remember, so it was truly delightful to be able to actually paint it in miniature. It was a brilliant exercise in learning and trying to figure out what colors Da Vinci used to create this most famous painting.

Numerous layers of thin watercolor were used in the darker areas to achieve the rich, luminous colors like the ones in the original. And as you’ll be able to see in the video below, literally thousands of dots or stipples of color applied with my wee paintbrush were used to build up the values of the face and hands. I think perhaps one of the most challenging things to paint was the wee delicate stitching along the neckline of her dress! I actually painted little ‘U’s” that were closed at the top, to make it look like the real deal. I decided the best way to share with you how I accomplished this miniature Mona, would be through a time-lapse video. So here you go . . . enjoy!

~ In The Studio ~

Presently on my easel is a miniature version in progress, of Vermeer’s “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, so the fun journey of recreating masterworks in miniature continues! I’m also delighted to have recently received a dog commission which I’m very excited about doing, and will be sharing my progress on it with you as well very soon!

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4 thoughts on “Painting Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in Miniature

  1. Hi Rachelle
    What implement did you use in the final stages of your Mona Lisa miniature? It didn’t look like a brush. Were you using white then? And what paper are you working on. I’ extremely impressed with your painting Rachelle – especially with the likeness. What size is the painting? x

    1. Hi Bill,
      Thank you so very much, that means so much coming from you!! 😊 I used a Princeton mini-detailer 3/0 round in the final stages and painted it on hot press Crescent watercolor board. It measures 3 ½ X 2 ½ inches. I sure had great fun painting it!
      Hugs 🤗

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