Video of an Art Resin Pour on my Mini PoP Painting "Kiss of Gold" ~ real time video up on YouTube
I found out about the Art Resin product on Instagram when other artists I follow started using it, and the results were so fabulous I had to give it a try myself! I've played around with it a little on a couple of other Mini PoP paintings (6"x6" on mounted board), but the most recent pour on the "Kiss of Gold" Mini PoP is by far the best, because of the deep contrast between the black background and the metallic gold. Art Resin does something amazing with gold, it makes it come alive and the texture and shine become more pronounced. It adds a whole new element to the art that I never thought possible, so now all of my Mini PoPs are going to be finished with Art Resin :)
There are several crucial steps to getting the perfect result with Art Resin. The first step for me, because I am doing my Mini PoPs, is to tape off the sides so that none of the resin gets onto them, I do this because I need a perfectly flat service in order for these little beauties to be able to stand on their own, whether on a desk, shelf, etc. The Art Resin creates a slight dome effect and would make the Mini PoPs not as stable to stand up. The next step is of utmost importance to get an even pour and that is to make sure that the surface of the artwork is perfectly level. Next I mix the resin as instructed and pour onto the surface of the painting, I spread it out to cover the entire surface and then break out the torch! Yes, a torch, it makes the biggest difference to heat the surface of the resin in order to remove any bubbles and get that perfect undisturbed glossy look. Bubbles will create a foggy appearance and interfere with the feeling of depth that the perfectly clean pour creates. Once all the bubbles are removed I cover the art with a cardboard box to keep the dust out. I periodically check for a couple of hours while the resin is still in a liquid stage to make sure no new bubbles have risen up, and if so hit them again with the torch
I waited about 5 hours and let the resin settle enough that pulling the tape away wouldn't disturb the surface, but still flexible enough to be able to easily remove the tape that had drips of resin on it. And it worked out perfectly, the painting stands on it's own with no issues at all, gotta love it when something works out just the way you wanted :)
If you are looking for a new and unique way to really make your art pop and stand out this is it! I love it when I find new products that take my art to a whole new level and Art Resin definitely does that, give it a try!!
As many of you know I am a HUGE fan of the remarkably ingenious Genie Canvas. It has revolutionized the way I, and so many other artists paint, it allows us to be able to create huge, oversized paintings and ship them for a fraction of what they would normally cost to ship, and since they ship rolled in a tube they are well protected. And not only are they shipped in a tube, but you have everything ready to mount the art and have it hanging on the wall within literally minutes...genius!!
And they now come in an easy open tube! This is such a great improvement versus using tape and having to securely re-tape the lid. I love the fact that Genie Canvas is always coming up with ways to improve their product, to make it the most efficient and easiest large canvas for both artists and the art collectors. To learn more about Genie Canvas visit their site.
Here is a quick little video demonstrating the new easy off lid, such a time saver and super easy to use. Now I can't wait to get started painting on the canvas itself!
I have a tendency to always be moving and rearranging my studio to fit whatever style, size art I am working on. And right now I have a brand new, oversized studio suite!! We just moved to a new house that needs a complete cosmetic redo, but first thing was to get my studio ready for work.
It's absolutely perfect for any art I might be working on, and I get to have my office back in the same space again! For the past few years I had the office space in a room next to the studio which isn't the most convenient. Now, everything is all in one place and I even have a full bathroom and huge walk-in closet, my own little artist retreat :) But, I am having to share my closet space with my husband and I's clothes for the time being, while our regular closet is being worked on. And I will be getting a new desk and some cabinets, so the look and feel of the studio will change once everything is finalized, but I don't mind, I'm just happy to have such a lovely space to work in.
Here's a quick little video tour of the current state of the studio, and now I'm going to break out that big blue tube and get to painting a new abstract PoP Art painting!! (the blue tube houses the most amazing oversized canvases from Genie Canvas!)
As we are now in the busiest shopping time of the year, we are all looking for those great deals on the perfect gift, but this is also a great time to stock up on your Business and Art Supplies at unbeatable prices!
Here are some great deals to take advantage of from my go to suppliers; and also remember to keep a look out from some of YOUR favorite art and business supply retailers too.
STAPLES (business supplies): Is currently having a buy 2 get one 50% off on ink and toner, I just stocked up on my Epson 1400 printer ink!
DICK BLICK (art supplies): And, Dick Blick just HAPPENS to carry one of my all time favorite canvases ever, the Genie Canvas!! Up to 20% off and Free shipping on orders over $89 ~ I need to go take stock of all my art supplies and see what I need or may need soon.
STICKER YOU (custom stickers): I just LOVE the quality and pricing at Sticker You. I usually purchase some fun stickers as giveaways or for sponsoring my MAD Outfitters Mountain biking team members. The quality is amazing and the fact that you can get die cut, transparent backing stickers custom made just for you is great! They are having a 40% off EVERYTHING sale right now! I need to reorder some biking stickers and maybe some mailing stickers too.
Be sure to sign up for all your favorite art supply and business supply retailers newsletters so you can always know when they are having the best deals all year long. This is the perfect time to stock up for the New Year, it will get you motivated to create new art and help on lowering that dreaded tax bill come April, a Win-Win!
Please share with me and my readers any great deals/sales you come across in the comments section, thank you!!