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.
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?"
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:
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:
AHHHHHHHH. So good.
Go give her a follow, then check out her Etsy shop to grab your own shiny.
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":
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!)
Which brings me to Rosa Murillo of Muro Jewelry, who is bringing even more twists to ink-and-resin 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:
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!