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There’s nothing like painting a micro mini model to make a Stablemate seem huge! I chose a blanket Appaloosa pattern with large spots and two-toned legs—this being one of Maggie’s pewter models the legs weren’t as nice as her newer resin models, so I didn’t want to highlight them with white socks. You may have seen photos of my reference on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/sarahtregay/spotted-mule/).

First, I “sketched” out the blanket shape in White Earth Pigment, using a silicone shaper tool dipped in the dust to draw it on. Any edits wiped off easily with a damp rag because I had sealed the basic bay pastel layer with Krylon Matte spray. 

Once I had the shape I wanted, I sealed the pigment in place and began to paint in with white and black acrylics, and mixing pastel dust with acrylic medium to get a brown “paint” that matched my basic bay. 

Here’s the little guy with his spots:
Micro mini mule now with acrylic and pastel details.

Since he is jumping, he needed something to jump! So I made a little jump on a base out of two matchsticks. It has tin jump cups and a little blanket that can be hung over athe pole for coon jumping. I made his halter before I painted him. It’s made out of kangaroo lace from Rio Rondo with a buckle from World of Model Horse Collecting (eBay shop). And if painting a micro mini made Stablemates look big, this tiny halter had me wishing I was making a Stablemate one.
Micro mini halter and jump on base
Best of luck painting your Maggie Bennett Micro Mini... and remember that you can enter her contest  until March 11 2018. Http://www.maggiebennett.com/microcontest

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