Unlike the previous exercises where I am recording surfaces in castings this exercise is different. I am recording or casting the shape inside the Mold. I carried own working with resin as I enjoy the smooth transparency of the end result. It is messy and smelly and it takes a lot planing but nevertheless I enjoy it.

I started of with a latex Mold in a shape of a rose. Resin works well for recording small details. I placed a flower inside the resin to add another dimension to this sample. I have learnt that when using flowers in resin I should dry the flowers first. What I have noticed is that the flowers loose their colours once the resin dries, this is a shame as the original colour of the flower was a deep purple. After some research I realised that there is a resin spray that you can use on the flowers to protect them. Something to consider next time I use resin! Another thing I would be changing is next time I will be using organic resin although more expensive it is kinder to the environment and my family.

The result is pretty, just what I expected! No surprises. I enjoy the transparency and the clearness of the resin. I even enjoy some of the bubbles inside on the flower, it almost looked like pearls immerse in water.

I decided that the previous sample was just to straight forward so I wanted to learn how to do my own mould with latex, for some reason I added some ink to my mould to change the yellow almost like skin colour of the latex. I painted latex on the top of my decanter (about ten layers) and once dried I poured some resin inside the Mold. I was very happy with the results. This sample is not perfect as somewhere along the line I must of moved the mould making the resin not levelled. It is also a small sample (about 8cm) but I still see it as a success. I love that I was able to record the pattern from inside the mould. I enjoy the symmetry of the surface pattern. The sample is translucent like ice and slippery so it reflects the colour that is closest to.

I could not resist to experiment with a selection of moulds making my own from any container that I could find around my house. Inside the moulds I placed some leaves from the garden and some dandelions and any other flowers I could find.

Above: i enjoy the imperfections and un-evenness of my samples. They look very organic and I deliberately made sure I didn’t cover the entire flower surface so that I could feel the bumpy texture. I experimented with placing all sorts of objects into my moulds to see what the results were.

i can’t manage to record the effect of the light shining through these samples! It’s so frustrating. The effect when the sun is shining is beautiful.

Some of the samples are not so successful, I experimented with resin paint but I didn’t read the instructions properly and in some samples the paint wouldn’t dry as I didn’t mix the right amount. It’s ok because through these mistakes is where I have learnt the most. I experimented with different sizes and I learnt that the bigger the surface the quicker the resin sets.

I have also realised that the simpler the better with resin. I have tried to add glitter and different layers etc and the best results are the simple ones (in my opinion).

Above: i used some plaster and poured it in a sock. I really like the simplicity of this sample. I enjoy the texture and the colour. I added some ink in the plaster before it set.

More explorations with plaster in a food bag. I like the effect of the folds. This concept is new for me. I usually like to control the way I want my samples to end up looking like. With this way of working I have no real control, when pouring the plaster into a bag apart from tying it from different angles and in different ways I have no idea of what the result is until It has dried and I open the sample. In some weird way I enjoy the luck of control (although hard) as it is just trial and error, less stressful!

Above: I used the same method but this time I poured my plaster into a bubble wrap bag in a round bowl. The fine plaster has recorded every bubble just as I expect it to.

After doing the samples with plaster in a bag I wanted to see what results I could get with resin. What would these look like? Would the resin even set as there was hardly no air in the bag. So I did the same as above and added some yellow petals and tied the bag with thread. I enjoy these samples. I like that the petals have concentrated in one area (on the top) given the sample an accent of colour and detail. I enjoy the light and shadows. These samples are very tactile.

I carried own exploring this time moving away from what the brief was asking me to do. I used some of my drawings (since studying with OCA I have been drawing an illustration each day). I experimented with layering. I placed a photocopy of one of my drawings at the bottom of my container and then poured some resin, I then arranged some flowers and then another layer of resin and so on. The result is interesting. I was thinking of Ophelia in Williams Shakespeare’s story. I enjoy the idea of these samples. The flowers faded in colour after the resin dried but the result is still interesting. I still need to learn how to perfect this method but it has been a lot of fun experimenting. I would like to use resin again and incorporate it to my work. Maybe one day making my own buttons or maybe incorporate layers of resin in my drawings. This part of the course has given me an opportunity to explore these materials and media that I have not used before. From this point I just need more practice, refinement and of course time.

below: examples of Dustin Yelling’s art. I enjoy how he has cut his drawings and used a layering method in between the resin to achieve a 3D sculpture. This is what I was attempting to do with my ophelia. I enjoy how Dusting Yelling has perfected this method and the resin is clear like glass. It takes a lot of control and careful placement of every piece of paper to achieve this effect. I find working with resin exiting!