New things on the horEYEzon!!
I've recently constructed this orb like object that excites me so much, I just want to make more and more of them. Paint around them to have an iris effect. Maybe use string; I've always wanted to play with thread and resin. My original aim for this experiment was to achieve something that looked like dewdrops on flower petals and I've observed some of the large bubbles that freeze in the resin cast to resemble that look. I thought maybe I could control large bubble distribution if I found a perfect window between the resin's curing process. I've yet to find that perfect window, but I did stumble upon a few other discoveries along the way.
Since learning about epoxy resin, I've found so many other amazing artists who play with resin that I've become huge fans of. 2 months ago, I attempted to do my version of Josie Lewis' petri dish and it came out a COMPLETE FAILURE. Not only with my alcohol inks but also with the silicone molds I've purchased. I made sure they were shiny inside but pulling out the casted resin lead me to all ripped molds... That and the half-inch thickness I got from them had all these tiny bubbles that I thought I had gotten rid of.
I attempted the silicone molds a few more times but my instinct was telling me to just move on. Without self-realizing, I think I've always wanted to attempt something really thick, like Sebastian Wahl and Marc Scheff! I did have bigger 10x10 square silicone molds, but if I wanted to fill the whole mold with resin, I imagined that I would need some kind of wooden brace to keep the mold a perfect square since it sat pretty flimsy.
During those few attempts, I did take the time to have fun and cast the most random things; tinsel, beads, wet paint, glitter, Orbeez... casting Orbeez was a SUPER FUN discovery that came pretty close to my water dewdrop look. It lead me to think that I could use large spherical ice to make a hollow mold... Big mistake, don't use ice... I know the rule that mixing water and resin is really bad but I guess I'm a natural rule breaker. In my head, I thought the ice would never melt (obviously not thinking from this world). So I went back to Orbeez!
Orbeez are made of a superabsorbent polymer that holds water really well, but can release the water if left to dry in the sun. So I ended up buying jumbo sized Orbeez and letting them sit in epoxy in a dark cold place. I got myself a roll of sheathing tape, had some wood cut for me at Lowe's, purchased some F-clamps and BAM!! The perfect, customizable mold, courtesy of studying Black Forest Wood Company videos. I casted one jumbo Orbeez ball at a 2 inch cube leaving a little room at the top to remove the Orbeez ball after curing. I stuck a small circular mirror behind it and there I was. Inside this weird hollow casted resin ball.
What should I do next? How should I present this? Ideas started to rush in. From there, ideas just kept getting bigger with more and more doors opening. I felt this way before when I first learned about Art Resin, watching their Featured Artist video on Bruce Riley. At the time, I didn't know anything about acrylic pours, epoxy resin or that Art Resin was even a brand. All I picked up was that whatever Bruce was doing and whatever materials he was working with was BADASS and that I needed to be doing what he was doing too. Fast-forward 2 years into me discovering this super cool Orbeez hollow ball and I can still get that rush of inspiration and open possibility.
Now, I just want to expand my mold and make more! I want to perfect this and play around with colors and mirrors. Eliminate all the tiny bubbles... Something I've picked up from writing this post; stir slow! Even if it takes 20 minutes to mix thoroughly. STIR SLOWLY!!! I am also practicing patience...
The possibilities one can achieve with Art Resin or epoxy resin, in general, are literally endless!! I've recently returned from Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI and met a fellow epoxy resin artist who works with it in micro sizes. He uses tweezers to place the smallest sized gears and places them so intricately over these beautiful pocket watches. I was blown away. From micro, to small, to big, to massive!!!! If anyone is curious about this medium and why it's so wonderful, I'll leave a link to their site so you can see for yourself. :)
HAPPY ART MAKING!!