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.
Follow her on Instagram: @chic_ink_
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