11.21.2013

Plays well with others

Two weeks ago I hosted another one of my art parties...an opportunity to get together with artist friends, play and create, drink wine, eat great food, play and create some more...

I usually plan a loose idea for playtime...but everyone is free to follow their own muse.  This particular afternoon was all about resin...I was itching to play with it and wanted the comfort of the crowd with my experimentation...so I supplied a big drawer of collage fodder, a variety of bases for the foundation of said creation and a quart of resin...and we went to work...





























I provided a good selection of foundations...
metal jar caps, orange juice can lids, curtain rings, tart tins, bottle caps...





Here's Shelley of From the Alley to the Gallery creating a pair of earrings...Shelley had worked with resin quite a bit so had some handy tips to pass along...using a straw to blow onto the newly poured resin (carbon dioxide releases the bubbles that form on the surface) is easier than pushing your face that close to the resin...its not good to be inhaling the fumes!












Wendy of Silver Spike Studio contemplated what to use in a special memento for her daughter...














The finished masterpiece from John of artjuvenation...

Kudos here to John...he is a published artist!  Seth Apter's new book, "The Mixed-Media Artist", features three of John's collages...I've been enjoying perusing a copy of the book that I won (!) on Seth's blog...art eye-candy on every page...








































Here are the ones I completed...I used the curtain rings as a base by attaching a backing of cardboard with a strong adhesive, letting it dry completely before I poured the resin...I thought that with the eyehook on top, it could be a tree ornament.  My experiment with the OJ can lid left a little to be desired...I overfilled the cavity, which made quite a mess as it dripped over...also the glitter is a tad distracting...I won't even show you the ones I tried to make using old ironstone saucers...I thought the resin would stay contained in the saucer indentation...no such luck!

But the best part was just the chance to get together...Wendy's email to me afterward sums it up best...

Art is good.
Getting together with artists is sublime.
Hanging with like minded people is invigorating.
Eating well is wonderful.
Drinking is grand...well, the sparkling stuff is, for sure,
Learning new techniques brings joy.

yes, it was a good day to play well with others...and I didn't even run with scissors...


12 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun....I can tell everyone is having a good time...they are so intent. I love the samples and it looks like one would get a lot of variety out of the materials available.

    I get together with a friend to craft every month or so and it is so freeing. Thanks for giving us a peak at the fun.

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    1. Karen - it is great to get together with others to create - so glad you have a friend to join you for a monthly day of fun...

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  2. It looks like a fun time! Wendy taught my first mixed media art journaling class. She is wonderful! I loved her email about the time spent together making art.

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    1. Mindy - yes, Wendy is both talent and a barrel full of fun! always adds so much to the group!

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  3. Hi Amy,

    I loved our Sunday afternoon of creating. Thank you for hosting it. Since seeing you I have decided to add niches to my altered book that I am creating and will do some resin assemblage collages in each niches container. Thanks for the idea! I share our resin project with my altered book group and they loved it.

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    1. John - I can't wait to see what your altered book will reveal - such an assemblage of art, inspiration and resin!

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  4. These are fab, Amy! Great to see our John busy at work, too.

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  5. What a fab idea! I like all of your creations. I really like the OJ can lid. I don't find the glitter distracting at all.

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    1. thanks Jana ...always so glad when you stop by...and you glitter girl - of course you love the glitter!

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  6. Looks like you all had a good time playing with resin and basking in the creative spirit in the room. Wish I could have joined you!

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  7. I have some resin that I've never tried to use. Not even sure what I had in mind for sure right now! I'd love to have friends to create with, that is such a gift!

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  8. Love the title of this post, Amy. It could go on your epitaph! xo Carole

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