Resin to the Occasion
In May of this year, a local non-profit that supports adults with disabilities held their tenth annual fundraiser. The program focuses on three main fields, life skills, employment and of course the arts. I thought it would only be fitting to donate an artistic project to their silent auction, so I created a custom set of resin petri coasters for the event.
The Resin Petri dish project has to be one of the simplest and most stunning projects I have ever done. Seriously. It's two steps and stellar results. Who can argue with that!? Alcohol Ink and Resin have a funny relationship. If you get any depth of resin and drop in some alcohol ink, it starts to 'swim' around. Did you ever do that milk, food dye, and soap experiment as a kid? It's like the artists version of that!
The beauty of this project is that the art creates itself, you just sort of guide it along the way. I selected 3-4 colors for each dish and layered drips in over several minutes. The key to the "drip" effect is white ink. Color pigments are lighter, and tend to float along the surface of the resin. I started with colored inks, followed by white, which inherently is a much heavier pigment. The white drags the color pigments towards the bottom of the dish- which ultimately becomes the top of the project- leaving behind unique drips and pillars.
After curing for 24 hours, the coasters are ready to demold. Resin tends to creep up the walls of the mold while curing, so the bottoms have to be sanded to smooth the edges. I finished these with 4 small felt feet to protect the surface below. The responses I have gotten to them have been overwhlmingly positive. I hope they are happy at their new home!