Step 1 Make a crown shaped chipboard "canvas"
It started out with this 5" x 6" crown shaped chipboard, "canvas", for lack of a better term.
Step 2 Use Amazing Mold Putty to create mold
I started off with this vintage Chalkware Salt Shaker that I picked up at a thrift store a few years ago – cute isn't he? Well I needed him to be flat on the back and light enough to use on the project... so out came the Amazing Mold Putty. I quickly molded him making sure the Amazing Mold Putty covered him at least half way up the sides. I then laid him down on the table to flatten the back of the putty so the mold wouldn't shift when filling with resin.
Step 3 Remove cast from mold and make bees with resin
Once cured, I removed the salt shaker from the mold. I then mixed some Amazing Casting Resin and made a couple of bees using another mold from a previous project. These resin castings are ready to use in about 10 minutes.
Step 4 Add texture using modeling paste
Using a honeycomb stencil and some modeling paste, I added some texture to the background. I then decided on the placement of the handmade elements for my design.
Step 5 Glue down embellishments
I glued down the elements then added some graphite texture paste around them and around the edges and let it all dry.
Step 6 Cover piece in Gesso
Then I covered the entire piece with some Gesso to give a uniform surface to paint on.
Step 7 Paint entire piece
Now the fun begins! I painted the entire piece with some yellow acrylic paint, followed by some orange acrylic paint, and then spritzed the entire piece with some water and let it run down the "canvas". I finished it off with a little spray of some Pearl Shimmer and some Silver Spark Metallic Luster.
For the finishing touch – I mixed some Amazing Clear Cast Resin with a bit of Alumilite Dye (yellow with the tiniest touch of orange), and let it set in the mixing cup for roughly an hour to thicken up. I needed it to to be thick and not runny for this step. I placed "drips" of this "honey" in some strategic places and then tilted the "canvas" at an angle so the "honey" would "drip". You need the resin to be thick in order for it to not run off your piece or level out.