The second issue of Create With Me magazine by Stampington & Co. hit the newsstands Jan. 1, and I’m pleased to tell you that I have an article in there about preserving your children’s (or grandchildren’s) artwork with ICE Resin.
The article is the very first art collaboration between me and my 2-year-old daughter. We color together every morning before the babysitter arrives, and I’ve been saving her best scribbles since she was old enough to hold a crayon. Some of my favorite drawings of hers come from when we use the Faber-Castell Gelatos, these are luscious deeply pigmented color sticks that glide on like lipstick and turn so heavenly watercolorish when hit with a dab of water on a paintbrush. One morning when using the Gelatos in blue and green, Miss B created a really lovely canvas that looked like stems and leaves — all that was missing were the flowers.
I scanned her artwork and added a pretty flower brush in Photoshop Elements. It looked so pretty that I decided to make a necklace. I chose a gorgeous hammered bronze SLK open bezel so I could make the piece two-sided, the front of her artwork and the back a photo of my inquisitive little girl. I used the method for pouring a backless bezel (found in detail in my book Explore, Create, Resinate and also on our ICE Resin website on video), and then finished off the necklace with some cream and blue vintage rosary chain and a wirewrapped glass foil heart.
Obviously, my project is a little advanced because I chose to use the backless bezel and make it a double-sided piece, but this would be so cute of kid’s artwork sized down and put into any of our mixed-metal bezels or even our new white bronze heart bezel.
The grandparents are so thrilled to see their baby girl in the magazine that I had to give IOU cards to them at Christmas for copies of the magazine. She can’t sign her name yet, but you can bet the are still going to ask her to autograph their copies. As for my signature? I doubt it. My family rarely reads my articles (“oh, honey, are you still writing about that odd jewelry and what do you call it…assemble something… of yours?”), but I know I’ve hit a home run with this issue.
If you have children or are friends with a teacher, a copy of Create With Me is a great gift “just because.”