Saturday, September 3, 2011

Resin + Assemblage = Love!

This is another installment on my projects from the Create Retreat sponsored by Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  This class was called Resin Flooding Assemblage and it was taught by Belinda Spiwak.  Belinda was a very generous teacher and she created a calm easy going creative space for us to play in. 


I managed to start two pieces in the class that I have now completed.  The first one was made with a bird theme.  I love how the moss and bark I added provided such rich texture.  It is really hard to see the yummy finish the resin created on these assemblages.  I did photograph with a flash to try and capture the amazing texture and sheen both pieces have.

I fell in love with Tim's crackle paints.  These added a nice old looking crackle where they were added.  I wish that I had "blobbed" it on a bit more as Belinda had advised in her instruction.  

I found this project very freeing.  I was able to be a bit messy and haphazard in my background collage and I loved this aspect of the creation process. 

My second piece tapped into a bunch of vintage junque I had on hand.  I did get the large post office box plate from I said, a very generous instructor!  As many of you know, I love all things postal. 

I used my new rusting trick on Tim's feet and I love it.  Both of the boxes are Configurations from Tim's line of products as well.  I can't get enough of Mr. Holtz and his goodies.  I also discovered the joy of molding paste in this class.  While it is great to discover new products, it gets expensive! I left Create yearning for a bunch of new stuff. 

I often find it difficult sometimes to use my little treasures, but I just have to get over it.  After all, I still get to enjoy them, just in a bit of a different way. 

I finally used a piece of a typewriter I tore apart along the top of the piece.  The whistle has a long chain that I left free.  This was tricky to arrange while curing, but I love how it adds movement to the piece. 

There are so many goodies stuffed in these little compartments.  This piece is super heavy.  One thing I will not worry about is anything moving or falling off, the resin provides a super seal. I used Little Windows resin  in the bird piece and it was lovely, way easier to mix than the Easy Cast I used in the vintage one.   

I had to finish the backs of these pieces because they were a mess.  We had to pour the resin at home due to curing time, I did not think to check the backs, so needless to say I had some issues.  Nothing a bit of pretty paper and tissue tape can't fix.  

This was such a fantastic class.  I look forward to using resin a lot more in my work now that I have been exposed to how easy it really is.  I hope you enjoyed sharing in my Create experience. I have one more project to share with you, coming soon!




  1. Wow! The finished pieces came out so great. I love them both! You were awesome in class. It was wonderful meeting you. Hope to see you again soon.

  2. Wow, what fabulous work. So many pieces that all cohere so well into two large pieces. I love them both.

  3. HAVE I TOLD YOU THAT YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Luv it please come see me soon! Need a few ideas bonced off you. Like what is the best stuff to glue book pages together with.

  4. Wowzers! Gorgeous creations Rhea...Love those owls!! I've been hesitant to try a configuration but you have inspired me to give it a whirl :)

  5. Love em both.. They both turned out absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! You've got your creative MOJO going..

  6. Rhea, both pieces are beautiful!!!

  7. The two pieces are brilliant, love the bird one especially. Great work.

  8. WOW WOW WOW!!! They are both absolutely fantastic!!!

  9. wowsers....these pieces are fabulous! how creative.

  10. These are fabulous! You did such a great job on them. I really like the bird one with the bits of moss and such. And the compass did add such a great touch. Looks like you had a great time. Looking forward to seeing more of what you learned.

  11. Oh these are awesome!!! I've been wanting to try resin, will definitely have to do it soon!

  12. As great as the photos are, they're even more fantastic in real life. Great pieces!

  13. Wow! Looks like a lot of serious work! I can't imagine ever being this patient. Great work!


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