Posted on | November 10, 2014 | 2 Comments
Hello Fellow Jewelry Makers, I recently took four fantastic classes from Jen Cushman at CREATE in Dallas, Texas. I painted, played, “resined” and enameled everything I brought including the paper towels that were intended for clean- up, feathers from my sweet little hens and white tissue paper. As Jen said “I was hooked – line and sinker.” By the third class, I was experimenting with the painted paper towels that now were also stamped and torn to fit inside the bezel, iced enamels/resin and my feathers.
My first attempt was trial and (a few) errors. I discovered that the metal shield was too dark and that the paper towels didn’t show. I placed 2 feathers in the shield, one white and one black with white stripes. To my surprise, as I poured the resin, I gasped as the white one totally disappeared as if it had never been there. What to do? The result was ok but not the wow that I had envisioned. So during the fourth class, I started over and began to correct the darkness, find the light and create that one of a kind piece using my painted and stamped paper towels and my little feathers once again.
To lighten the shield, I used Ivory Iced Enamel Relique as the background. Once I placed the paper towels on the cooled background- there was light and it was good! I decided that one feather was enough for the focus and chose a striped one once again. Adding a little torn piece of white tissue stamped with “love” was just the word I needed. The rhinestone chain added another element of light. As I poured the resin, the light was there, the feather was there and it was all very good!!
To complete this piece, I used a silver chain with ribbon and lace woven through the chain. Keeping the light feathery feel, I used pearls and both clear and serene blue crystal beads. One heart dangled from the chain to bring the idea of love full circle.
I love to use the things around me that bring a smile to my face and give light and life to the heart. My style has been described as sweet sentiment with strength. With ICE Resin and Iced Enamels along with found and loved objects such as my feathers, ribbons and words, I am able to create those pieces that accomplish both.
Chantal Johnson is a mixed media artist living in Rowlett, Texas. She is married and has three children. Her work has been featured in Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Somerset Home, Green Crafts and Somerset Studio. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com