@ chic_ink_ Is Our Instagram Winner!

Congratulations to artist Sophie Blume, our latest Instagram winner! Sophie is an alcohol ink artist from Austin, Texas who always loved art but didn't believe she had the skills to create it herself.

In 2020, at the beginning of quarantine, a book changed everything for her: "I read a book about mindset and how the best athletes, students, and artists are great because they practice a lot. Not because they are natural talents. Since I had so much time on my hands I gave it a shot and this was the start of my artistic journey!"

Creating art gave Sophie a mindset shift that had a ripple effect in her life:
"Since I never thought that I could make beautiful art until now, it's helped shape my mindset on a lot of different areas in my life. Being creative and continuously working on my artistic skills has shown me that I can accomplish whatever I set my sights on."

She started her business Chic Ink shortly after, building it around her full-time hours. 
Self-taught, she has learned her skills through trial and error: " I wish I could go back in time and take a few art classes to learn the fundamentals of composition and color theory. It's something I am still considering!"

Sophie originally started painting with watercolors until she discovered alcohol ink:
 "I love painting with alcohol inks because they are so forgiving. Unlike other mediums that are very technically challenging, alcohol inks, like many abstract forms of art, are free flowing. I find this so relaxing!"

She discovered resin shortly after through other artists on social media: "There was definitely a learning curve when it came to using resin. At first I made a lot of pieces that didn't set correctly or had bubbles. I remember being so defeated when I would ruin a piece of art but it made me want to figure out the process even more!

"It took me a few months to really refine the process and I realized that not all brands of resin are created equally. Now I love using resin because it makes my alcohol ink pieces POP and makes the painting look multi-dimensional." 

Sophie's process typically starts by creating a painting using alcohol ink, metallic embellishments and isopropyl alcohol. Once the painting is complete, it is adhered to a base to become a wall hanging, a charcuterie board, a tray or a coaster. She then covers the surface of the painting in resin.
Sophie says: "I hope that people feel inspired by my work to try something new! I'm so passionate about this type of art and I want other people to find their passion too." 
To see more of Sophie's work:
Visit her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ChicInkArt
Follow her on Instagram: @chic_ink_

Congratulations on your win, Sophie!

To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 

Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!

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About the author: Joanne Wright

I'm Joanne, the Marketing Content Writer at ArtResin. Originally from Canada, my home is now Indianapolis, Indiana. My love of all things creative and my entrepreneurial heart means I’ve worn many hats over the years including fashion producer & stylist, retail store owner, t-shirt designer, and even vegan baker! I...