Pick of the Week: Skullery

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This week’s pick if faux taxidermy shop Scullery which sells necklaces and skull pieces cast out of resin. I have been following this shop for probably 4 years and just never bought a piece even after almost 2 years of having the same crow skull necklace in my basket. However I recently started following Scullery on Instagram and fell in love with what they’ve been doing recently with using multi-colored resin, glitter, even glow in the dark pieces and maybe soon color changing resin skulls. I was blown away by the newest unnatural skulls and was waiting on baited breath for the release of the pieces so I could find one to call my own. It arrived yesterday and I’m so in love with it, I didn’t even realize from the pictures online that my piece had glitter in it and it honestly looks and feels like a real skull to me and thankfully is not one. One thing I will mention is that even though they have an Etsy store it’s really only for their more tradition realistic pieces. If you like the unnatural skulls like my necklace you will want to check out their main website under Special Editions and follow them on Instagram because certain pieces are auctioned off and special additions are put up in bulk runs and usually the only updates are provided through Instagram. I actually missed the release of the past bundle of skulls by a few days (after waiting around 2 months for it). I still found a few pieces left that I could choose from and I was more than happy with my choice. However their skulls and crystals are limited and get bought the day of in droves so if you really want a certain piece I think it’s worth waiting around for. I can’t wait to see what else they do and am always excited to see what crystals they sell as well. I just adore my piece and if you are into taxidermy or bird skulls or know someone who is, I couldn’t recommend a better store worth checking out!

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Featured Artist: Andy Kehoe

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Featured Artist: Andy Kehoe

Today’s featured artist is Andy Kehoe of Pittsburgh, United States who makes fantastical resin paintings. He is another artist my friend Zara got me into last year whose work I absolutely fell in love with (the other artist being Pat Perry who I profiled two weeks ago).  His atmospheric paintings have a striking contrast between the subjects and their surroundings, the almost unsurmountable elements of nature (reminds me of the video game Journey if you are familiar). Now the true magic of Kehoe’s work I believe really happens when you see his paintings in person. I was very fortunate to see a piece last winter at a local gallery and I was blown away. Although that’s not to say his work doesn’t translate while online but due to his style of painting and the process involved it’s a different experience in person. His paintings are compiled of several layers of resin in which he paints only certain elements of the completed painting on each, building the overall image layer by layer. This gives his work this eerie 3D effect that while you can see the depth on the flat digital images and get a sense for it, it’s another thing completely in person. He is one of the few painters I am aware of who uses resin in this way and it works wonderfully with his aesthetic. For more information I highly recommend checking out his amazingly written bio (it involves pirates) and below is a selection of his work and links to where you can find more of his work.

Andy Kehoe (website)
Flickr (gallery)
Facebook (updates)
Etsy (prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Andy Kehoe
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Monthly DIY: Dried Flower Resin Bracelets

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For November’s DIY I wanted to share with you how to make your own dried flower resin bracelets.  I kept running into resin jewellery on Etsy that I wanted to buy but was far too expensive so I decided to figure out how to make my own using dried flowers and leaves.  It was easier than I imaged and there is so much creativity you can do to make one of kind bracelets.  This DIY I would say is a medium level but I will say right now beside 4 leaf clovers I’ve never dried anything before in my life and I’ve never made resin jewelry before either so knowledge of those two isn’t required but I would recommend researching safety for epoxy resin. I also have no idea why I decided this would be a great DIY to do in the Fall when all the really awesome flowers were over but there are plenty of Fall flowers too that work just as well in this project but you may want to hold off until next year. Another idea that I thought of as well is for those you with friends getting married or getting hitched yourself this is a great way to preserve your bride/bridesmaid bouquet. As well beside a few photos this tutorial is mostly done by video which is new for me so let me know in the comments what you think.

What You’ll Need:monthly diy

  • Epoxy resin
  • Dried flowers
  • Bracelet mold
  • Plastic cups
  • Stir sticks (toothpick, popsicle stick…)
  • Sand paper (120, 600, 1200 grit)
  • Straw
  • Mask, gloves, newspaper and wax paper
  • Tweezers (optional) Continue reading %s
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Monthly DIY: Resin Sticker Table

Resin Sticker Table monthly diyThis month’s DIY project isn’t exactly Halloween themed but I thought a resin sticker table felt along the same spirit as my favourite holiday.  This is a great and simple project to do to spruce up an old piece of furniture or a thrift store find.  The main reason I wanted to do this project is because my Ikea coffee table after 5 years was getting discolored and Ikea furniture isn’t exactly well known as an ideal surface to repaint so I thought I’d create a giant collage of some of my stickers that were piling up and not being used for anything. Hardly a new idea but I think when you use artist stickers you have so much room to be creative and unique. You can easily create themes as well (Sailor Moon table anyone?) or interesting geometric patterns and since this allows you to use homemade stickers that means you can print your own and create almost anything. The finish for my table will be resin as I fell in love with the glass like finish as well as being waterproof, and easy to clean. If you don’t want to get into resin territory which I understand as resin is a really hard material to get into and kind of scary (just me?), you can have a piece of glass cut to the size of your table and mount it on top, or simple use a sealer like Krylon Clear Coat or a top layer of ModPodge (the last two are not recommended if it’s a heavily used surface).  At the very bottom are all the artists if you are interested on where I picked up my stickers from!

What You’ll Need:monthly diy (1)

  • Table or desk
  • Stickers
  • ModPodge or any type of sealer/glue
  • Craft roller
  • Foam brushes
    Optional:
  • Epoxy resin
  • Blow torch
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Plastic tape
  • 2 x Plastic sheet

 

Cost:

$16 for the supplies not including resin and stickers, available at most craft/art stores . I collect stickers so it’s hard to say how much I’ve spent but most artists sell stickers around $1-3 each and books like Sticker Bomb are $20 for a few hundred medium to large stickers. You can print your own as well, stickers sheets for printers can be bought at Dollar stores or office supplies stores for under $10. I’d say for the stickers at least $30-$40. For a resin top including the resin, gloves, plastic sheets and blow torch (if you don’t have one) roughly $50 depending on size of the surface. To calculate how much Envirotex resin you will need to cover a surface, check here. This project is not a cheap one, so if just want a new table you may want to buy. This is more for creating  a permanent display of you sticker collection or creating unique themes that you wouldn’t be able to buy.  Continue reading %s

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Pick of the Week: KarolinFelix

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KarolinFelix is an artist from Dublin, Ireland who describes her art as “place of sideshows, circus arts & everything strange & dreamy. It doesn’t matter if you fell through the rabbit hole or walked through the old wardrobe”. She offers prints, necklaces, brooches, things for Blythe dolls, stickers and stuff in between. Her art is beautiful and dreamy and surreal. I love it. I decided to get some of her stamp style stickers and they are really impression in person.
Here is some shots of what I got:
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Check out my favourites from her store:


 

 

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