A while ago I started what I am now calling my motivational art journal. The concept behind it was IF you DO, you will BE. A little acronym I came up with to encourage myself during a very anxious time of life. The letters stand for Intention, Focus, Direction, Organization, Balance, Excellence. Although I am still battling anxiety on a daily basis, I have defined and documented my intention and am moving forward onto trying to FOCUS.
I created this page in my journal after reading a quote by Alexander Graham Bell that said “Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought into focus.” It really spoke to my heart as I realized my lack of mental dedication when faced with a task to complete. From now on when I am struggling with completion, I will think of this image and its message. It seems as though in order to truly shine, one must focus all of their attention on intention.
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Glitz Gold
yellow, orange and green paint
1. Cut a piece of a map to fit the chipboard and glue it down.
2. Paint bottom section of chipboard green.
3. Apply a small amount of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto a sponge.
4. Dab a thin layer of Iced Enamels™ Medium over the sunburst stencil.
5. Sprinkle the Gold Glitz Iced Enamels™ over the entire area.
6. Tap off excess powder and fuse Iced Enamels™with a heat gun.
7. Paint the white sun rays yellow, and their edges orange.
8. Print a quote on a laser printer and individually cut out each word.
9. Glue button head down, then all of the words in a radial pattern.
10. Write out your word out over the grassy area and embellish.
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana Allen, Crafty Cutie
Count Your Blessings Bookmark with Number Silhouettes,Rue Romantique Bezel, and ICE Resin by Polly Hendrickson
I have always loved to read, and this year, I’m trying to be more thankful for all of the blessings in my life. I decided to make a bookmark using this gorgeous bezel from Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique™ bezel collection, and I absolutely love these metal scrapbooking numbers. I thought it would be fun to make something whimsical that I can use to remind me to be thankful as I go through my day, so I chose to make something that is functional as well as ornamental!
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Mixing Cups, Popsicle Sticks, and Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels® Medium
ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique, Pewter Relique, and German Silver Relique, and Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal, and Iced Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver and Copper
Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel
Scissors and a Page from an old book
STAZ-ON Ink Pad in Emerald City with Number Stamp
Black Jax and Green Jax
Small Eyelets and Eyelet Setter
Jump Rings and Chain Nose Pliers
Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
4 Ott Steel Wool
Organza Ribbons: Raspberry, Ivory, Brown
1) Use the Steel Wool to scrub the surface of each number as well as the surface of the Rue Romantique™ bezel.
2) Take the numbers “7” and “9” and paint Black Jax on them and set them aside to darken. Take the Rue Romantique™ Large Filigree Oval Bezel and lightly paint it with Green Jax and set aside to patina.
3) Take the number “8” and paint it lightly with ICED Enamels® Medium. Allow to dry. (Once the numbers “7” and “9” have darkened to your liking, add the ICED Enamels® Medium to them as well.)
4) For the number “7”, begin with the ICED Enamels® German Silver Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Copper, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Add a thin layer of ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver. Heat with Heat Gun and let cool.
5) For the number “8”, use the ICED Enamels® Relique in Pewter. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
6) For the number “9”, use the ICED Enamels® in Ivory Relique. Sprinkle it lightly over the number, and use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool. Next, use the ICED Enamels® Relique Glitz Powders in Silver, sprinkling a small amount over the number in the desired areas. Use the Heat Gun to heat it until you see it adhere to the number. Let cool.
7) Mix and prepare ICE Resin® according to package directions. Set aside. Cut the page from the old book to fit into the bezel opening. Cover the number “6” stamp with the STAZ-ON Ink in Emerald City, and stamp the number in the desired spot on the paper. Use a small amount of ICE Resin® in the bottom of the bezel and insert the stamped paper.
8) Add the ICED Enamels® Shattered Inclusions in Fire Opal around the edges to frame the number. Gently drip the ICE Resin® into the bezel being careful not to over fill. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
9) Using the disposable paint brush, lightly paint a very small amount of ICE Resin® over the surface of each number. Allow to set 8 to 12 hours.
10) Drill or punch holes in the numbers for the Eyelets. Insert the Eyelets into the holes, attach the numbers to the Eyelet, and using the Eyelet Setter and hammer, gently tap until the Eyelet is set.
11) Attach the numbers at the number “7” to the bezel using the Jump Ring and the Chain Nose Pliers.
12) Cut Organza Ribbon into desired lengths and tie to the top of the bezel.
What are you thankful for?
You’ll find the instructions for Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Shaker Box Bezel on page 87 of her book, Resin Alchemy.
Sandy Martin, an accomplished artist and member of our ICE Resin Creative Team in 2013, was an ardent student. She made these beautiful shaker box pendants.
What would you place inside a shaker bezel of your own? Confetti from a special party? Sand from that Hawaiian beach? Words?
What kind of necklace would you string each of these lovelies on? Ribbon? Wire? Leather?
Whenever I am lucky enough to travel I always make time to stop at flea markets.
I used an old eyelet hook for button shoes and a tag I found in an Ohio flea market.
The double jump onto the leather cord was called for to balance the weight of the tag and ICE Resin filled bezel. I also filled it with paper torn from a bag and canvas fabric.
Silver and bronze gave the necklace a nice contrast and a masculine feel.
Mr. Siley, I wonder what kind of mail you received so long ago?
It seems that no matter how precise I try to measure, I always end up with a little extra resin when I’m working on a project. And one of my favorite ways to use that resin is to create paper beads! The possibilities are endless, from simple embellishments to including them inside of a bezel or even making a bracelet!
My favorite papers to use are printed tissue papers (or make your own!) and old books because these types of paper absorb the resin so well, hold their shape, and have a beautiful antiqued finish when dry.
Patterns for paper beads can be found on the internet, but for most of my work I like to either free hand tear the paper or just free form cut a long triangle. One helpful hint is to have a good length, at least 7 or 8 inches long. This will give you enough paper to make the bead strong enough for using in your work.
Paper to create beads (old books, tissue paper, printed scrapbook paper, etc.)
Non- stick craft sheet or plastic bags (thin, from the grocery store)
Wire and tools
Embellishments, beads, etc.
Skewer or awl (to wrap paper around)
1. Cut/tear paper to desired width and length, approximately 7 inches long.
2. Mix ICE Resin® following manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Lay paper down onto non-stick work surface and coat with resin. For thinner weight papers, the resin will naturally soak into the paper. If using a thicker weight paper it may be necessary to coat both sides of the paper.
4. Use a skewer or tip of an awl to wrap the end of the bead around. NOTE: if cut in a triangular shape, start with the widest end.
5. Begin to roll the paper onto the skewer, trying to keep a tight tension while rolling. Once the bead has started taking shape, the skewer can be removed.
6. Continue rolling the bead until the end has been reached; add additional resin if needed to hold the end down.
7. Allow paper bead to cure completely.
8. Embellish paper beads with wire, beads, etc.
• Using a small skewer will create a smaller hole in the bead which is more helpful for stringing when complete.
• Small clamps can be used if needed to hold the ends down while drying.
• Unfold a paper clip to create a stand for curing the paper beads.
• Do not leave the bead on the skewer – it will be very difficult to remove when dry.
I hope you had fun!
John Creighton-Petersen, Art New Wave
It is easy to use ICE Resin® and German Glass Glitter, create a gorgeous bracelet!
Start with Art Mechanique™ small hobnail bezels designed by Susan Lenart Kazmer in bronze and pewter.
Mix your Ice Resin and coat the inside of each bezel. Then pour in the glitter.
Before the pieces cured, I added in Crystal Clear Gem Brads, then I let all the pieces dry overnight.
Connect the pieces with jump rings to complete the bracelet.
Kathy Cano-Murillo, the Crafty Chica
Oh my GOODNESS I am just in love with Iced Enamels and the new Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter!
A couple of weeks ago I did a Technique Tuesday video where I shared how to create an ICE Resin ocean. The inspiration for this idea came to me after thanking a dear friend for blowing wind in my sails. You can watch the faux ocean technique video here.
After completing the video, I had a beautiful night sky background and a magical blue ocean to work with. I was so excited to complete the rest of what I had envisioned, that I worked on it diligently until it felt finished. I love the way it turned out and how simple it is to make anything, including fabric, look fabulous with Iced Enamels.
Basically, I just cut the bird body and boat out of one of my kiddos old jeans, painted it, added the Iced Enamels Medium and Iced Enamels to the bird’s beak, hearts and the boat’s sail, heated it and viola! I then attached all of the pieces, including the cute little forks, number and heart charms with the answer to all of life’s problems, ICE Resin.
My Supply list:
ICE Resin®, 8 oz. Kit
Iced Enamel™ s Medium, 1 oz
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ : Carnelian and Garnet Relique
Opal and Fire Opal Shattered Inclusions plus Chartreuse Mica
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter: Sky Blue and Silver
Art Mechanique™ Connections: Gem Brads
Art Mechanique™ Charms: Brass Tableware
Art Mechanique™ Number Silhouettes
Rue Romantique™ Heart Shaped Faux Lock
Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana Allen aka Crafty Cutie
I am a hopeless romantic, and I love hearts! I have always liked collecting them, and decided to use the Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver to make a pair of earrings. I wanted them to be rustic, so to achieve the look of earrings from the old days, I used a two pieces of Vintage ceiling tiles as their base. I also wanted to incorporate the color red to add to the romantic feel of the earrings, which I did by using the Iced Enamels in Garnet Relique.
Polly Hendrickson, Jewelry Design
2 1-inch pieces of Vintage Ceiling Tiles, with sharp edges filed to smooth them
2 Mixed Metal Hobnail Heart Bezels in Antique Silver, Small
2 Multicolored Gem Brads, 4 mm, in Gold
Disposable Paint Brushes
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ in Garnet Relique AND Ivory Relique
Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter, Silver
Black Sharpie Marker
Words from an old book or newspaper and White Glue
20 gauge Sterling Silver Wire for Ear Wires and 4 Jump Rings
Torch, for balling ends of wire
Ball Peen Hammer and Drill or Hole Punch Pliers
1) Cut out 2, 1 inch pieces of the Vintage Ceiling Tiles. Be sure to use your Metal File to smooth the rough edges.
2) Choose the words you want to use from an old book or newspaper. Tear them out, keeping their rough edges for a rustic look. Lightly blacken the edges of the words with the Sharpie Marker.
3) Inside of the heart bezels, lightly paint the ICED Enamels® Medium. Once dry, sprinkle the Iced Enamels® Ivory Relique into the bezels. Heat with the heat gun until they have “melted” and attached to the bezel bottom. Allow to cool.
4) Add one word to each heart and use a very small amount of glue to adhere them to the bottom of the hearts. Let dry.
5) Sprinkle the Art Mechanique™ German Glass Glitter in Silver over the words, using as much or as little as you would like. TIP: A little goes a long way!
6) Mix the ICE Resin® according to package directions. Gently stir with the popsicle stick and let sit for a few minutes to allow any air bubbles to rise to the surface.
7) Using the disposable paint brushes, lightly paint the ICE Resin® over the Iced Enamels® in Garnet Relique. This will seal and protect the Iced Enamels®.
8) Pour the rest of the ICE Resin® into the bezels being careful not to over fill, but just until you have a nice dome. Allow to dry at room temperature according to package directions.
9) Once the tile is dry, punch or drill a hole at the top of the tile where you would like to hang the earring.
10) Punch or drill another small hole at the top corner of the tile and insert the 2 Multicolored Gem Brads, one on each earring.
11) Open the jump rings and insert one in the hole for the ear wire, and add the bezel before closing it. Attach another jump ring to hang from the ear wire. Repeat on opposite earring.
12) Cut approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches of Sterling Silver Wire and use the torch to ball the end of the wire. Form the wire in the shape of the ear wire, and hammer lightly on the end and near the curve to finish the ear wire.
What kind of mixed media found object finds so you have in your studio that you could cold enamel and make into earrings?
I love all the summer flowers in bloom! Our house is not very conducive to filling vases with flowers; I just don’t have the room to set them about. Since I seem to always be in the kitchen fixing meals and doing endless amounts of dishes, I always wanted to have flowers on my windowsill, but it is so small, so…..I decided to make my own tiny little dressed up vases out of my empty vanilla and essential oil bottles. While I was making these I thought how fun would these be as place settings for baby or bridal showers!
Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut on Facebook
Tools and Materials:
Art Mechanique™ House Silhouettes
Art Mechanique™ Dress on Hanger Silhouettes
Rue Romantique™ Small Scrolled Oval
Various size bottles
Opaque Silk Ribbon Bundle
Iced Enamels™ Ivory Relique
Iced Enamels™ Garnet Relique
Iced Enamels™ Pewter Relique
Iced Enamels™ Carnelian Relique
Iced Enamels™ Medium
StazOn Ink in Spiced Chai, St. Valentine and Orange Zest
Flip Book: Belles Dames Francaise
Art Mechanique™ Micro Fasteners
Nylon jaw bracelet bending pliers
Metal hole punch
Bowl of water
1. Heat up the Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes to anneal them. Quench in water and slightly bend them around a ring mandrel with a rawhide mallet so they curve in the shape of the bottle. For the small scrolled oval, I used the nylon bending plyers.
2. Using a disposable paintbrush, apply Iced Enamels™ Medium to the front of the silhouettes without the cutout. Sprinkle with Iced Enamels™. For the house I used Garnet and Pewter Relique and for the dress I used Carnelian and Pewter Relique. Using a craft gun, melt the enameling powder and let cool.
3. Using the cut out silhouettes as a pattern, trace the shape onto selected page from the Belles Dames Francaise flip book or other ephemera and trim to shape. Cover with Paper Sealer and apply to cut out silhouettes and let dry. For the words, I used a lighter to singe the edges of the paper and then I smudged various colors of StazOn inks along the edges.
4. For the small scrolled oval, trim ephemera to size and glue into bezel.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions and using a disposable paint brush, apply a layer over the pieces with the Iced Enamels™, over the silhouettes with the cut out and in the small scrolled oval. Apply rhinestone chain as desired and let dry.
6. Punch holes in both layers of the silhouettes, making sure the holes line up. Connect together with microfasteners.
7. Using craft glue, attach ribbons/lace around bottles. Attach silhouettes and bezel on top of ribbons/lace with either glue or resin and let dry.
8. Fill with your favorite flowers and enjoy!
Tools & Materials:
ICE Resin® 1 oz. syringe
ICED Enamels™ Medium
ICE Resin® Silhouettes – Houses
White gel pen
1.Firstly use the sanding block and give the House a light sand
2. Apply a light coat of ICED Enamels Medium with the paint brush)
4. With a heat gun heat the powder until it melts.
5. Use the Alcohol wipe on the enamel it tones down the colour for a different look all together
6. Mix the ICE Resin®, into a cup and then stir for 2 minutes.
7. Let the resin sit for 5 minutes to allow air bubbles to dissipate.
8. With a craft stick slowly add the resin onto the House silhouette and then allow it to lay flat on textured mat.
9. Pour any leftover resin onto the mat.
10. Let Piece dry for 24 hours and cure for 3 days.
11. Using the Stazon ink pad, rub around the edges. This creates a shadow to the edge and will make it pop. Allow to dry.
12. Use a white gel pen and add decoration
13. Add some transparencies to the window of the House.
I have loved house shapes for I don’t know how long, and when the new Sihouettes where brought out I had to have them. I combine these with the ICED Enamels and they looked amazing. For those of you that know me know Ii love the Number 8 for my mum it was her birthday,and also I like vintage so I toned this house down with a special technique !
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
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