I love France. At first I thought I loved only Paris (and I do) but I really love France, especially the area around Toulouse.
I also love to make jewelry, hammer on metal, put resin on
paper to see what happens, and make rivets, so going to Susan’s class in France
was perfect for me. The week prior to the workshop I rented myself an apartment
in Paris and made serious collecting visits to flea markets! The rest of the
group was there, too, and we took the train together to lovely Toulouse. Then
some of us bravely drove rental cars to Durfort, and the rest of us were
passengers. (I hate to drive, even in the US).
Susan taught us techniques and provided critiques and ideas every day of class, and shared materials with us too. Then we made various pieces or parts of pieces, and ate for the rest of the day! (I am not kidding). The class was small, with lots of individual
attention and a certain amount of classmate cross-pollination. But since each
of us had brought different treasures from home AND discovered our own
treasures en route, at Paris flea markets and other important sites of
treasures (ahem, the train from Paris had PINK toilet paper with an
interesting, uh, rustic texture), we worked on an entertaining range of
The village of Durfort is small, quiet and lovely, in the Midi-Pyrenees region, where the Cathars met their unfortunate, Inquisition-driven end in about 1220. There is also a tiny running water ditch running down the middle of the street! Gwen Gibson is a friendly
and accommodating hostess. The village is nestled against a very dark mountain,
and La Cascade sits on a nice loud stream, background music for good sleeping!
Our workshop included meals cooked for us by Chef Nese – it was the height of luxury to be gently called to a meal, knowing that Nese had made some delicious but secretly healthy dishes, the table was set, the wine had breathed, and all I had to do was put down my tools and go sit down! I slept like a drugged princess, played around in the
open studio at all hours of the day and night, had field trips to local markets
and vides grenier (attic emptying-outs, what we would call garage
sales), and threw myself into the experience!
It was completely worth it – for the place, the content, the activities, the food, and the rich ambience of creativity! I cannot wait to go again!
Do I need a UV lamp to use this product?
No. ICE Resin is a two part Epoxy resin not a 1
part UV Cure resin. They are two completely different chemical formulas. ICE
Resin cures by proper measuring and mixing of part A resin and part B
hardener. Using a UV light will not speed the curing time of ICE Resin.
we received so many amazing applications we needed a little extra time to sort
through everything and insure we had seen and absorbed all the creativity that
was shared with us. Truly, we cannot thank everyone enough for sharing a piece
of themselves with us in this process. It is our hope all of those who were not
chosen will continue to not only create with ICE Resin but share photos with us
via our Flickr Pool.
creations from this group of talented individuals.
To make resin paper, have all your supplies ready on your open work space.
- ICE Resin® kit
- Paper – Gather your papers before doing your resin pour.
- Plastic garbage bags – Tape these to your worktable. The oil coating on the bags keep the paper from sticking to you work surface during drying.
- Inexpensive sponges – Cut into small pieces.
- Latex gloves – Keep your hands from getting sticky while applying ICE Resin®
- Baby wipes – Handy for those Oops! Moments…
- Step 1: Lay your papers onto the garbage bags and mix up a full mixing cup of ICE Resin®.
Step 2: Go slow and pour a small amount of resin onto the center of your paper. Use your sponge to work the resin towards the edges. Keep your application thin. You can also dip your sponge piece into the resin and begin to apply it to the smaller pieces. Within seconds of wiping on the resin you will see the paper begin to darken and become more translucent. This is good.
Step 3: Continue to cover the paper with the resin. When you are finished with one side, flip it over and resin the back. You can tell when you need to add more resin because there will be some opaque spots in the paper where the resin has not seeped into the fibers.
Tip: Whichever side you use in your artwork is the side that should dry facing up.
Important note about PHOTOGRAPHS: If you are working with photographs and you want them to retain their color you must seal the image first.
Once your paper has dried (6 to 10 hours) you can use it inside bezels, to make fairy wings, jewelry, for your scrapbook pages, in any form of mixed media art that feeds your soul. You are the unfettered artist!
The book “Explore, Create, Resinate” by Jen Cushman is available to assist you on your artistic ICE Resin path.
Having a lively arch charm:
Jake von Slatt is the Proprietor over at The Steampunk Workshop. His Steampunk Vacuum Tube Guitar Amp immediately makes my mind whirl with the possibilities of what the band might look like on stage.
The ivy will surely make the wearer of this corset by theatrical costume and couture bridal wear designer, Theresa Blake, provocative. Theresa’s company is Rossetti.
…how about opera gloves…
And of course,
stimulating to the palate:
Here’s wishing you tomorrows filled with something that makes them deliciously piquant!
The ICE Resin office is just a few days from being ready for
the world and my studio space is no longer the place I long to create but the
space where I am creating. It is an amazing feeling—a studio with places to
store all my findings, found objects, gauges of copper and silver wire wrapped
in spools and more!
Even more exciting to me is the fact that the new character
and figurative pieces that have engaged my mind this past year or so have the
space to emerge and become three dimensional on the scale that they deserve.
Ideas that began in my mind move into my art journal as
sketches (similar to this ballerina sketch) before I can reform metals and fill
in hollow forms. The faces that will materialize will be cast in a different
light than what I have created before.
The journey of self-growth is a continuous process.
Thanks for joining me.
Book: “Art at the Speed of Life: Motivation and Inspiration for Creating Mixed Media Art Every Day”
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If you could learn to create art in any medium you have not tried (or have not mastered), what would it be?
I think sculpting in clay would be amazing. Turning two dimensional art into 3D would help me explore my work in even greater depth.
What artist you would like to study with (living or dead) and why?
Leonardo da Vinci. I’m drawn to his sketches of women and would love to learn from the master himself-what better teacher?
What key piece of advice have you learned in your creative journey that you share with others?
That you just have to start. Quit waiting for that perfect moment when all the stars align and get on with the business of creating. You don’t have to have a lot of spare time to create. Use the time you do have to fit creativity into your life. Weave it in with the things you have to do. You’d be amazed at what you can accomplish!
What adornment could you not go without?
Earings, I don’t feel ‘dresssed’ without them.
What 5 items do you have in your studio that you use nearly every day?
My basket of pens/pencils
Come back next Saturday and get Star Struck again!
Diane Cook of Rosa & Josie’s did not charm this Texas
Scissortail to fly into her locket and lay a pearl egg in a Dupioni silk nest
just for our Ice Queen Zine; she made it for Bead Soup. We love the realism Diane
used creating the nest, how the silk threads sticking up are reminiscent of
twigs. The piece also suggests waiting—waiting for the next day, waiting for
her mate to return, waiting for the egg to hatch.
HELP! I noticed some large
bubbles in my resin when it was almost fully cured. A friend told me to use a
heat gun on it to pop the bubbles. I tried it, but all it did was crack my
resin, and turn it yellow. Can this be fixed?
Oh no, I’m so sorry that has happened to you. We do not recommend using a heat gun or match to “pop bubbles” in our resin. First, heat will cause your resin to turn yellow, second because liquid resin could burn and cured resin will melt and crack as you experienced.
Sadly, your current project can’t be fixed, but you can use ATTACK solvent to dissolve the resin and save your bezel and try again.
After you pour a resin project, be sure to check your bezel after about an hour to make sure there aren’t any surprise bubbles. If there are bubbles, you can gently coax them out with a tooth pick.
P.S. Remember! The ICE Queen is still here to answer all of your questions, she’s simply moved from Tuesdays to Thursdays.
ICE Resin’s new home is decorated in robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown.
The hardware store at 678 Grand Street was once the hub of
Vermillion, Ohio. In the 1800s farmers came there for seed, builders for tools,
and plumbers for pipe. Two years ago the hardware store went out of business. It
sat vacant for many months until Susan Lenart Kazmer was drawn in by the
building’s façade and saw the potential to remodel its open space on her terms.
Now, 678 Grand Street
is home to the new office of ICE Resin® and Susan’s studio. By October 1st
the antique French doors and wall around them will divide the business side of
ICE Resin® from the studio side where a tightrope walker will climb out of
Susan’s psyche, into her fingers, onto the metals and ascend the high wire.
When you place an order for ICE Resin® Kim will process your order
while Barbe handles customer service.
For her part, Susan is thrilled about using the expanded
space for a dual purpose. When she needs something from the office for the
first time in twenty years she won’t have to get in her car and drive.
The color scheme is robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown
accented by a French chandelier, an old cello case Susan found at Overland
College and artistic columns done over the utilitarian ones holding up the
roof. Susan has enjoyed seeking the perfect pieces of furniture to complement
her new digs. Interior designer Nanette Coleman was at hand when Susan wanted
“It feels good. It feels right. I am excited about this new beginning,” Susan said.keep looking »