Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to a couple of artists who have tagged us on Instagram ... and then we share their work with the world!
Congratulations to artist Colette Cseke ... our first lucky winner for February! Colette is a resin artist from Ottawa who makes stunning resin art using alcohol ink. Self-taught, Colette's love of creating art started in her childhood and was encouraged by her mother, an art educator. These days, Colette balances a full time career with her art business: "most evenings and weekends, you can find me listening to music while creating something new and exciting! It’s a hobby that I love."
A unique and special kind of magic occurs when alcohol inks are dropped into resin: beautiful, blooming shapes are formed resembling coral or an underwater world, forever suspended in the cured resin. Colette says: "My favourite part is taking a cured coaster out of its mold. You can never fully predict what each coaster will look like which makes it such an exciting part. Each one is a surprise!"
Colette became hooked on alcohol ink and resin about 2 years ago. Colette says: "the entire process is mesmerizing and there's so much room for experimentation." In fact, Colette says that much of her growth and learning has come from experimenting and the problem solving that results from making mistakes.
In Colette's words: "For me, creating art is therapeutic. It’s a way for me to clear my head and relax after a busy day. It is an outlet for me to explore my creative side, be innovative, and have fun! I hope my colourful creations sparks happiness in viewers and inspires them to explore their creative side as well! :) Most of my art, such as my alcohol ink coasters, serve a functional purpose. I like the idea of my art being useful, while bringing a pop of colour and fun into the homes and work spaces of others."
Colette uses acrylic paint marker to paint mandalas, flowers and other designs on her cured coasters. Once the paint has dried, she pours a final topcoat of resin to seal it:
Colette says: "I started off creating art solely because I enjoyed it. Over time, others started to reach out to me about bringing my pieces into their home or work space. I love that my art makes others happy. I hope that in the future I can continue to create and that others continue to love and support my art business. The support of others has really motivated me to continue to pursue what I love."
In addition to coasters, Colette uses the same alcohol ink techniques to create bookmarks, keychains, pop sockets and magnets:
Colette sells her work and takes custom orders and requests through Etsy and Instagram.
Congratulations on your win, Colette!
Don't forget ... tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next monthly winner!!