Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Resin Canvas.....

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I've been playing catch up on my blog posts and realized I never posted this one.  I created this canvas FOR.E.VER. ago, and completely forgot about it.

In January, while at CHA, I was hanging out at the Amazing Crafting Products booth with Susan Brown.  She had created a 'Mold Rubber Printing Plate' and I was intrigued by the process and creative possibilities.  Susan was a super sweetheart and made me my very own Rubber Plate.  I carefully carried home with me and couldn't wait to create something with it.

At the show, Susan had added paint to the top of the rubber and let it dry.  She then covered it with a thin layer of Casting Resin.  I loved this idea, but what if you used Clear Cast Resin?  Then you could see the color/pattern underneath the resin.  So I went to work.....

Here's my rubber plate with acrylic paint.

And when the paint was dry, with a Amazing Mold Putty 'border' to contain the resin.

Okay - this is where I need to confess.  I had NEVER used the Clear Cast Resin before this project, so I wasn't quite sure what I was doing.  Soooooo, when I poured the resin into the mold, it was thicker than I wanted.  Here's the clear resin cast.

My original intent with the resin, was to cut it into small (1"x1") pieces, but because it was thicker than I expected, I had a hard time cutting it.  So while it was still 'soft' and curing, I cut it into pieces I could manage.  The pieces were not 'perfect' squares, so I accepted them the way they were.  :)

I did love how the paint was embedded into the resin, and the great texture that was created, but because my original plan wasn't working, I wasn't sure what to do with my pieces. 

How about a canvas?  You can never go wrong with a canvas.

So I took a raw canvas and painted it with watercolors.  I thought this would create an interesting background behind the resin pieces.

But, I wasn't getting the effect I was looking for.  On to idea #2.

How about doodles?  I love doodles!

So I drew randomly shaped flowers (with Montana Markers) on each square.

I really liked how this was looking.  Now what?

I placed the painted resin pieces on my canvas in a pleasing design.  I drew around each rectangle and painted it in with white paint.  I then outlined each square with black.

I threw in some floral doodles around the squares and outside edge!

I really LOVE how this turned out.  A project 'failure' into a piece of art that I really love.

So what project failure have you created that was turned into a piece of art?  I'd love to see them.

As always, thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

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