OMG Resin geodes!!!!!
About six weeks ago I was flicking through facebook when I saw a magnificent piece of art that I just wanted, I needed to create. It was Mrs Colorberry, and I watched the timelapse of her making a geode over and over again and decided to try it myself because it was just too beautiful not to.
I wasn't too sure about using MDF so I used plywood, I think it was 12mm thick. I primed it ready to accept the resin. If I didn't prime the wood it would just suck everything up like the Bermuda Triangle. I use gesso now but for this one I used a paint and prime spray paint, white.
I googled for geode images that I really liked, the blue seemed to make me happy lol. So I then drew out some lines which I wanted to the resin to follow, lol, resin to follow, lol.
I didn't cut a hole in the middle of the geode this time because I wasn't sure it would work, so I decided to use resin with black resin dye to pretend to be the hole in the middle. I actually let this dry overnight so it wouldn't mix with the next colours, that pesky resin, always wanting to self level.
Then the next day I attempted to do the blue and white resin layers, using a heat gun to mix them together so they looked natural and pretty. Remember, gloves, mask when using resin and a heat gun. Even if the resin says it's ok the colours you are mixing in it may not be. Better to be safe than sorry. Also make sure the piece you are working on is level and in a safe and secure spot covered from wind and dust.
I have these awesome resin pigments from Solid solutions in Australia, they make the most beautiful colours ever!!! solid solutions resin and dyes
This is my attempt at the middle and keeping the resin within the lines, hmmm, so far not too bad lol. The rocks I placed around the area I wanted the resin to cover, they were some clear rocks.
This is the next layer, though still technically the first layer, I used blue rocks, blue dye in the resin and white dye as well, and of course glitter.
I had the plywood sitting on my painting mason jars, yeah, don't do that, if there is resin dripping over the side it collects around the rim of the jars, and makes it super hard to remove when dry.
After the layers above had dried I then decided to do the black edge, which I didn't want mixing with anything. I also had black sand that I put on the edges of the geode to make it seem more realistic and natural.
I wanted this geode to be the most beautiful thing I ever made, so I ensured that all the layers were dry before adding the next. The next layers were resin and glitter, mmmmm glitter, so pretty.
Then I just placed some more gems and glitter in each of the layers, and then followed all of this with a few clear coat resin layers to make it smooth.
The base was made by my husband and son out of lightweight aluminum. The end product is a layer filled, shiny glittery monster which I have fallen deeply in love with.
So shiny and glass like....mmmmmmmm
I love the iridescent glitter that makes it look green from one angle and blue from another. I am super proud of this baby.
Moral of the story, don't burn yourself, follow the reference picture, don't put so much glitter on the final layer. Do enjoy it, make layers and have fun.
Next up on the blog will be my Peter Stormare oil painting. This is the painting that made me realise that I love to paint, and I want to get better.
Have a great week, an artists week.