Thursday, March 22, 2018

Down The Rabbit Hole of Rainbow-licious Resin

We're in the midst of a convention drought here in Florida, gang; nothing since December, and the next big one isn't 'til May! DON'T THESE PEOPLE KNOW WE HAVE NEEDS?! I mean, do you know how long it's been since I took pictures of people in body paint carrying comically large space weaponry? TOO LONG, that's how long.

Anyway, since cons are also where I find most of the new art I feature here, this month I'm going to switch it up and show you a different kind of art I've recently become obsessed with: RESIN.

It all started when Josie Lewis, a rainbow-loving watercolor artist I follow on Instagram, started making "Rainbow Petris":

....and BAM. Instantly obsessed.

Josie has perfected the art of capturing these color explosions inside each clear resin disk, and she even has a Youtube channel now where she shows you how to make your own.


The secret is alcohol inks, dropped into the liquid resin before it cures.

Be sure to follow Josie's Petrified Rainbow IG account for lots more like these - and I also recommend her original art account for the best assortment of soothing rainbow timelapses anywhere.

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know I tried a few ink-in-resin pieces myself:

I hit a bunch of snags: everything from using the wrong molds to having too-thick ink, but I still had a few startling successes. I started thinking, "hey, these would be cool necklaces! I wonder if anyone else has tried that?"

YUP.

Enter Caitlyn of Galaxy Cat Craft, who was not only doing everything I thought would be cool to try one day, she was doing it WAY BETTER:

::droooool::

Look at those inner shadows! AH-mazing.



Caitlyn also makes them in several different shapes, including bees!




Best of all, though, her glazing videos over on Instagram will make your soul happy:

A post shared by Caitlyn (@galaxycatcraft) on
AHHHHHHHH. So good.

 Go give her a follow, then check out her Etsy shop to grab your own shiny.

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Next up, Lisa of Wrapped In Resin Art is combining more than just ink with resin:

LOOK HOW COOL.

Here she's combining an acrylic "dirty pour" with resin, which gives all those incredible color swirls.

Lisa also makes these oh-so-sparkly "Galaxy Cones":

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Plus she has paintings, nightlights, even phone pop sockets! 

Go follow Lisa on Instagram for more, then watch her Etsy shop if you want to snag one of these pretties for yourself! (Be warned: they go fast!)

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Which brings me to Rosa Murillo of Muro Jewelry, who is bringing even more twists to ink-and-resi
n by combining it with metal, wood, and concrete:

All the grabby hands. ALL OF THEM.

Here's she's combined an ocean blue resin with concrete - which looks just like beach sand:


Then her "Terrarium Series" has abstract metal wire embedded inside the resin:



This one reminds me of lily pads:


Gotta circle back to rainbows, though - and I'm loving Rosa's chunky copper bezel on this mini petri:


I mean... just look how gorgeous:

 

Go follow Muro Jewelry on Instagram for more of Rosa's work, and be sure to check out her online shop, too! (I know she just did a big craft show, so I'm hoping she lists more things there soon.)

I know it's been an unconventional art roundup this month, but I still have art to give away! So as always, comment below for a chance to win your choice of free art from my Pinterest Art Give-Away Board. In addition to one Wild Card winner, I'll also choose two more of you to win these:



So be sure to tell me in your comment if you like either/both of those, so I can enter you in those drawings, too. I'll ship anywhere, internationals welcome, and I'll announce all three winners in my very next post, so remember to check back! (Unclaimed art will go to the fastest commenter on Facebook. :D)

Happy commenting!


UPDATE: The give-away has ended!

 The winner of Harley Quinn is Amber Oakes
The winner of the steampunk octopus is Christia Kransky
And my wild card winner is Shaun Moody!

Congrats, you three, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!
 

145 comments:

  1. These finds are gorgeous, thank you for sharing! I'd like to be entered in to receive one of your lovely art pieces please, and the steampunk octopus dance is adorable!These finds are gorgeous, thank you for sharing! I'd like to be entered in to receive one of your lovely art pieces please, and the steampunk octopus dance is adorable!

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  2. Love both of those geeky grabs! And if I were to choose, I’d go for the Toothless “Dragon and the Butterfly” for sure. Toothless always has such a special place in my heart <3

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  3. I love those! Especially the last artist!

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  4. Wow, that's some amazing art, both in this post and on the Pinterest page. I would be honored to win any and all of them, including both of the above prints. (What is it about Harley Quinn, man? She's so...sexy and endearing and screwed up all at once.)

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  5. These make me want to go grab some resin and inks right now and have a go myself, so pretty.

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  6. I want to try and make all the things, but thankfully I know better. I love that Harley print!

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  7. I'd love to have the chance for either something from the general board or Octopus Dance. Thanks! 😊

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  8. Wow this resin art is stunning. I would love to have a chance either from pinterest board or dancing octopus. I may have just a place for it ;). Thank you :)

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  9. I've been experimenting with resin for the last couple of years so I'm always thrilled to see new techniques. MUST TRY, because these are so beautiful! And please enter me in the wild card and Harley Quinn print! Thanks! <3

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  10. I want to try those things but I never know where to start! It looks so dauting! I love the concrete necklace!

    Also, would love to also be in for the octopus drawing!

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  11. you always find the best stuff. I have a few empty walls in my house that I am tempted to fill completely with fun art, but I need to start collecting!

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  12. I'd love either print, or the wild card. Gorgeous resin pieces!!

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  13. Beautiful ! Enter me for the wildcard plus the other drawings !

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  14. I would LOVE the steampunk octo dance! Off to look at pretties on Instagram now!

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  15. OMG these are mesmerizing, how have I never seen them before??
    Oh and if you didn’t see the news but the MFA in St Pete is hosting the Star Wars Power of Costume display thru April 1st and it is amazing - kept thinking of you guys while we saw it! Get thee over here quick and please let me know if you do so we can meet up! :)

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    1. Forgot to note - I’m game for the wildcard drawing, love all the Toothless prints and the Star Wars artwork!

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  16. I'd love to be entered for the wild card drawing and the and the octopus dance as well! Thank you!

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  17. Put me in for the Wildcard drawing, please. Wow, these resin artists are way talented!

    Amy LD

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  18. I'd love the steampunk octopus dance or the wild card!

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  19. I'd love any piece of art, pintrest board, or the two specifics! As always, you find the greatest stuff to feature!

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  20. I can think of 4 or 5 things from the Pinterest Board I’d like!

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  21. Must but one of those necklaces!

    Also would love some art and a chance at Harley's painting.

    Thanks!

    -Bernadette

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  22. Wow, they really do look like rainbow mould/bacteria filled dishes!

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  23. Wow! Those are absolutely beautiful! <3 Please add me to the Steampunk Octopus Dance and wildcard drawings please :).

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  24. These are gorgeous! Gonna go scope out some of that jewelry. And put me in the wildcard as always, please!

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  25. Just wow... and also Wild Card drawing, please!!

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  26. Anything with bright colors is a win in my book!

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  27. I love the resin art. So beautiful! The octopus art is also very cute!

    -Donna W.

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  28. Oh man oh man oh man, I want ALL OF THESE

    *grabby hands*
    *grabby feet*
    *grabby soul*

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  29. Love the resin art! And I LOVE the steampunk octopus!

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  30. I'd love to be in the entry for the wild card and for the steampunk art! Thank you for sharing these awesome resin pieces!

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  31. GORGEOUS! The jewelry blows me away- so beautiful. And I love the Steampunk Octopus!

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  32. Lovely art as always! Please enter me in the Octopus Dance drawing as well as the wildcard drawing - still hoping for Parnell's Supergirl :)

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  33. Oh my goodness, those are beautiful! I love all the swirls of color...just stunning!

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  34. Beautiful Jewelry! Please enter me for the wildcard.

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  35. Those are ridiculously pretty!! I would love to be the wildcard winner!!

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  36. My husband and I just started a geeky art wall, and it could use another piece! I'd love to be entered into the wildcard drawing!

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  37. I'd love to win the Steampunk octopus for my sister's birthday. She just made my 6 dancing wolves for "Beauty & The Beast" so she deserves a nice reward.

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  38. If you love Rosa Muro's work , check out Josh Simpson's blown glass worlds. AMAZING!

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  39. Leah in WilliamsburgMarch 23, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Wow, those resin things are gorgeous! It makes me want to try the technique (because I need another hobby right now like I need a hole in my head).

    Please enter me for the wildcard drawing. Thank you.

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  40. I tried resin... once. Never again, my fingers and my kitchen table have never been the same!

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  41. Please put me in for all the drawings. I love your teal & orange resin piece. It looks like an orange mountain of lava exploding in the sea. Love, love, love the jewelry art round-up. I follow a number of jewelry makers on Instagram. Now I have more to add to my list :^}

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  42. Juliesmith.singer88March 23, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Wildcard please!

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  43. I've been seeing the resin pieces you've been posting on instagram, and I think they're really cool! Not really my style as far as something I'd wear, but they look really pretty and fun to try! I'd like to be entered in the wildcard, please. :)

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  44. Never tried resin before but would love to in the near future. Looks so cool to try. Both art prints are amazing.

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  45. These resin pieces are sooooo pretty!

    Please enter me for both art prints, and the wildcard!

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  46. I so want to try doing something with resin! I hate being too poor to craft! These are all gorgeous!

    For the art giveaway I love everything Dr Who, Steampunk, Marvel, DC or Art Nouveau. That steampunk octopus dance and Harley are both great!

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  47. I love your art roundup! The concrete resin is amazing.

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  48. Oh, I'm so in for all of the art drawings, but that steampunk octopus dance is so cute!

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  49. Beautiful! The way the ink forms "strands" in the resin reminds me of the extreme close-up photos of peoples' eyeballs. I don't know if it would be technically possible to do, or how much control you have over the ink, but a giant resin eyeball would be so cool!

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  50. These resin pieces are gorgeous! Loving Steampunk Octopus Dance and all of the Star Wars art on your board (particularly the AT-AT Walk...my youngest has a similar shirt that is his favorite).

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  51. The resin are is gorgeous! I really want to learn how to play with resin some day.

    Oh that steampunk octopus gets my vote, put me in the running towards that please! :)

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  52. Wow, all the pretty colors :) . I have a friend that would absolutely love the Octopus print so please put me in the drawing for that, too :)

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  53. So cool! I didn't know this existed and now I have a dangerous hankering for a new hobby...

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  54. Yes, major grabby hands on all those resin jewels! :)
    -Zippy (I'm happy to win whatever you and John choose for me!)

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  55. I have resin and I have Alcohol Inks, now just need some talent from somewhere. Thanks for showing this new (to me) craft. Still hoping to win a Doctor Who poster one month.

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  56. Would love either bonus piece, and I want to eat all the resin pieces they look like the most marvellous rock candy

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  57. The resin looks amazing! Please sign me up for the giveaway board drawing.

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  58. Well this whole post made my soul happy - which is much needed right now. Thank you.

    Also, I would love to win the Harley Quinn piece. I was actually wearing my HQ converse today, as a pick-me-up ;)

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  59. Wow those resin pieces are beyond gorgeous! <3

    And I love both the octopus and Harley Quinn prints too!

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  60. This makes me want to break out my resin for sure. And i’d be happy to win any of the art pieces.

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  61. Please sign me up for the main drawing and the octopus.

    I love the resin, but I think I definitely do not have the patience for it.

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  62. I need Harley Quinn in my life, I collect her!

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  63. Oh my goodness, those are gorgeous and make me wish I actually wore jewelry. I could always just display them though. Hmmm...you've got me inspired!

    I would love to be entered in the main drawing and for the Steampunk Octopus Dance. He's so stinking cute!

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  64. Omg ... I love these. Off to go shopping!

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  65. Wow. I am so impressed with those resin pieces! Please enter me in the octopus and wildcard drawings!

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  66. These are so freaking cool! Thanks for sharing!

    Please enter me in the wild card drawing... and I would NOT be mad to get that Steam Punk Octopus dance print. *swoon

    --Piper P from Washington State

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  67. I love all the swirly colors! Thanks for sharing. Please enter me in the Wild Card and Harley Quinn drawings.

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  68. If you like resin art, check out Positive Couple on facebook. They make interesting furniture combining wood, resin, glass, and metal. Last week they even used vegetables!

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  69. All the shiny rainbows! The octopus print is also super cute!

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  70. I need to hang the terrarium ones in my windows.
    That octopus is super cute.

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  71. Harley Quinn would be awesome! And my bank account is sobbing right now...

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  72. I can't get enough of the colors! Love that each one is unique too! Great roundup!

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  73. That's a lot of resin.

    I'd love to get the octopus dance.

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  74. That resin jewellery is awesome!
    And I'd love either print!

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  75. If only I had time what awesome art! Please can I enter all 3 draws

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  76. Ack, those colors! I love the one where they used concrete to make a beach. Please enter me for the wildcard drawing, thanks!

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  77. My fave resin: https://www.mysecretwood.com/

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  78. These are definitely making me want to play with resin!

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  79. These are super gorgeous!! Also, that Harley Quinn art is perfect for the obsessed Harley fan (me)!

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  80. Ooo shinies! Enter me for the steampunk octopus as well, please!

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  81. Thanks to your lovely influence, I've started using the phrase "grabby hands" IRL! ^_^ Would love the chance to win in the wild card as well as both the dancing octopus & Harley prints. As always, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful finds!!!

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  82. I like everything this month - and I want to go spend money on Etsy on all the things...! It's the best sort of dilemma. Thank you!

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  83. The resin stuff is cool! Just a wildcard entry for me this month.

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  84. I've been loving your experiments on Instagram. Can't wait to see more!

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  85. Sweet, I love all of these. Would love to win either one of the drawings. :)

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  86. Those resin pieces are all stunning. I'd love to try making some of them one day. If I'm lucky enough to be chosen, I'd love to have the Travel by TARDIS poster please.

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  87. I've wanted to try resin, but I'm intimidated by it! I just need to dive in.

    Please enter me for all 3 giveaways. Thanks!

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  88. My daughter LOVES Harley. She’d flip if I won that for her!

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  89. I love the last set of resins. There remind me of moss. Also adore the Harley.

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  90. I really like the octopus picture.

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  91. Wow, I love all of the pretties. Throw me in the drawings, please!!

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  92. Please add me to the wildcard and the Harley drawings.

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  93. Ooh! Please enter me in for the Steampunk and octopus dance! Also I love alcohol inks!

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  94. I love the Belle print by Bi Pri Art. I also love the steampunk octopus dance.

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  95. I recently just got my own piece of resin pour art, it’s so fun! I’d love to be entered in both wildcard and Hayley!

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  96. Very fun! I would love to give a home to the octopus!

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  97. Those were so cool!! I love the steampunk octopus!!!

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  98. I'm still crossing my fingers for the wild card pick.

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  99. My boyfriend and I have been talking about messing with resin because of all the gorgeous pots with wood all over imgur... now I have to add this to the list too!

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  100. Open question for anyone and everyone who has done resin work: Does anyone know of a good resin for people with sensitive skin?

    I have only tried Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin, and while I've had success with it, I find that it makes my skin break out into a very itchy rash if even a drop of it touches my skin before it cures. I really enjoy doing resin stuff (So satisfying when you pull out a successful cast!), but I can't keep risking becoming the Phantom of the Opera every time I use it. If anyone knows of a better alternative, I would love to know!

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  101. Obsessed with the resin and metal jewelry!

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  102. Love that Rocket to the Moon on the Pinterest board.

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  103. Beautiful rainbows!

    I'm not so into the Harley but the dancing octopus and general board are great

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  104. Omg I neeeeeed that dancing octo print! Please sign me up for that give away!

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  105. Oooh, the rainbows are candy for my eyes!

    I'd really really like the Steampunk Octopus Dance! If you do the Wild Card draw second, I'd like to be entered into both the Steampunk Octopus Dance and the Wild Card draw, please and thank you! :)

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  106. All of the pretties! I’d love to win either of the extra pieces of art as well!

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  107. I love Cute as a button! It's gorgeous. My daughter would love it on her bedroom wall!

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  108. Wooo! Sign me up for any and every! I love the steampunk octopus! Reminds me of Otto and Victoria.

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  109. Hi Jen!

    I'm crying right now. I'm in shock and in disbelief that I was featured in an article. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is truly soul enriching to see my art finding it's way to every corner of the world.

    Thank you.

    Caitlyn

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  110. These are all beautiful, but there is also something unsettling about the texture inside lol. I think it's lovely from afar but I can't look at them close up lol.

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  111. Alcohol inks are great, but they're not lightfast so you should look into UV protecting varnishes. Just a heads up.

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  112. I could go for the wild card! Thanks for everything!

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  113. I have all the stuff for resin in my big pile of crafts-to-try...you know, the one I keep ignoring!
    And the TARDIS art prints are calling my name!

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  114. Aargh, I've just self-imposed a ban on trying new craft stuff until I've reduced my stash, and then here you are, forcing me to go buy resin and alcohol inks because these are SO GOOD.

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  115. Oh wow, these are so beautiful!! It makes me want to run out and buy resin and alcohol inks to try it myself.... So gorgeous! (please enter me into the wildcard drawing--thank you!)

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  116. Count me in please! and for the Harley Quinn. Di from Castleton, North Yorks

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  117. Rainbow fun = swoon! I also love the octopus print and over half your give-away board :)

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  118. Makes me want to try it out myself... love this!!

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  119. Steampunk octopus!!!!! Plus all the rainbows! So much love.

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  120. Please throw my hat into the ring for the wild card and octopus print!

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  121. The rainbows are mesmerizing <3

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  122. Love all the colourful resins! Would like the Harley Quinn print too :D!

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  123. Put me in the wildcard draw please!

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  124. I can't wait to see what else you do with resin.

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  125. Off to check my bank account and Google how to make resin and ink pieces.... Love the pieces on your art board, especially the Stanley Morrison and the Tiki Room pieces. Your wild card octopus is adorable too!

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  126. Please enter me to win all the things! The little steampunk octo is beyond cuteness and would really make my day to win.

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  127. All the rainbows! All of them! And the terrarium pendants! Must. Not. Buy. Must. Restrain.

    These are very cool, thank you! I've never worked with resin, the one thing I want to do with it to start with is preserve the real four-leaf clover I found years ago and kept pressed. I don't really know how to do that though. But you made me think I seriously need to look into that and start messin' with resin :P

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  128. Oh my, those resin pieces are beautiful!

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  129. Yes, that's a rabbit hole worth going down. I'm glad that you tell us it takes a lot of practice and trial and error for these projects. Of course the artists make the final project seem so easy. That's why we have artists! I'm looking forward to seeing the results of your experiments.

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  130. I would love the AT-AT Walk print!

    ~jeccaess

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  131. Steampunk Octopus!! *ahem* I mean, do pick me, if you should feel it desirable. *ahem*

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