Working with resin can be addictive! I spent the early part of this year creating jewelry, coasters and even some containers! Because I have to add a hand painted touch to everything I do, most of my creations go beyond glitter and resin tints. Most of these designs are available for sale at the amazing Shrine of the Pines Gift Shop in Baldwin, Michigan during the 2021 season.
To say I enjoyed creating these is putting it mildly! I managed to use natural materials, such as birch bark, shells, sand and other elements. For some of these pieces, I used a mold to create the form, painted on the hardened resin and then added a coat of resin to embed the art. I also used a layering technique for the lighthouse pendants I made, adding art to each layer for a 3D effect.
Adding metallic pigment to your resin makes the surface lustrous! It makes a beautiful, shimmering background to paint on, and it’s perfect for winter scenes and holiday projects. Just about any painting looks dazzling on a shimmering backdrop.
Although this page is image intensive, these are just samples of the things I made! Painting on resin is incredible, it is such a smooth surface; yet, a challenge because many of these pieces are quite small. Scroll down to see them all!
Embellishing them was so much fun! For the birch designs, I simply coated birch bark with UV resin, painted designs on the first layer and then added more coats of resin to seal the acrylic paintings I created. As you can see by all the images, I got carried away! My birch bark creations had a tendancy to curl. This was great for things I wanted to curve, but a challenge for things I didn’t wish to curl.
Another thing I tried was combining resin with woodburning. For one necklace, I woodburned waves in a circle and filled the inside with tiny metal shapes embedded in resin. It’s great when I can combine art mediums like this!
I also managed to print a couple of my paintings onto a transparency to embed in resin. This was an interesting process, and a way to enjoy art work in the form of a necklace. I plan on creating more of these in the future, as I have been busy creating fine art that can be used for this purpose. This miniature painting embedded in resin is from an acrylic painting I made years ago.
I hope you enjoy looking at everything I enjoyed making! Do you work in resin? How do you use it? Drop me a line!