Creative Play: Time, resin, and acrylic paints!

Creative play is a necessary part of my daily activities. I need more creative time!!!! Deadlines and daily life steal time, but instead of becoming complacent, I must figure out a way to balance my life more effectively.

Facebook wastes time, but where else would I get all of that creative input, before changing out of my pajamas? I won’t give it up any time soon! I try not to get swallowed up by Pinterest and Instagram, despite the fact, that they’re extremely hard to resist!

Enough of my whining! Let’s talk about Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, bezels and acrylic paints. I held an impromptu, Resin Open Studio on Friday (for students from my Pebeo Fantasy paint workshop). In my Sunday class, we messed about with Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, glitter and paper. The ideas were flowing, laughter was rampant, yet nobody had time for lunch except for me! I forgot to take photos on Friday, but remembered to bring my camera along on Sunday.

Creative Play

Creative Play

Creative Play

Creative Play

Creative Play

I like to use workshop time, to finish off projects started in previous sessions, and also to experiment. The empty looking, Nunn Design Bezel, has a thin layer of clear resin, in the bottom. It’s just waiting for another layer of goodies!

Creative Play

Did you know that if you pour too much resin on a ceramic tile, you will end up with a large puddle? Not a real problem, as I remembered to raise the tile off the surface. Did you know that plastic bottle caps, are perfect for this? I discovered (no photo available), that if you place a cardboard box (to act as a dust cover), over a freshly poured CD (resin over top of a previously painted CD), you’d better be sure that the edge of the box, clears the surface of the resin. Now I have a nasty piece of cardboard, embedded in my resin! Rats! It only happens to your favourites!

Motoring along with my creative play, I finally started working on postcards, for an international swap. They include old book pages, masking tape, and many layers of acrylic paint. Next, a stamped element, then a quick spray of fixative. It’s cruel I know, but I’ll send them off into the world ‘nekkid’ (without an envelope). Paint layers are added, via a monoprint technique, and using a permanent gelatine plate, called a Gelli Plate. I had leftover paint on the plate, so instead of wasting it, took another series of prints, with that beautiful blue! My favourite colour! By the way, if anyone is interested in learning more about Gelli printing, check out my March 23rd session!

Creative Play

Creative Play

l love red, so couldn’t resist making this paper collage postcard! More about that in May!

Enough already! It’s time to quieten my mind, and get it ready for another exciting week of creative play! How are you planning to exercise your creativity this week?

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