Book Review: Explore, Create, Resinate

Jen Cushman, now’s resident ICE resin expert, discusses how to use resin in your mixed media projects in her book, Explore, Create, Resinate. Of course, that means our resident acquisitions art editor turned senior content developer and tryer of all things new, Tonia Jenny–formerly known as Tonia Davenport–had to try it, with excellent results. She has even considered making a second project, perhaps some jewelry, such as earrings, using the resin techniques again.

When Jen Cushman first gave me a copy of her beautiful, self-published book, Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques using Ice Resin, I was excited to see what it looked like, though I have to admit, I wasn’t so sure I’d actually be creating anything with resin anytime soon because I’ve had less-than-stellar results with it in the past. But now. . .look! I’ve made something and thanks to Jen’s helpful tips in her book, I didn’t even mess any part of my project up! Ice Resin really is a great resin, as I’m sure many of you already know and in her book, Jen really does a great job of explaining how to use the product with great success.

If you’ve been wondering what makes Ice Resin different from other brands of resin, Jen explains that. Want to know nifty tips and tricks for mixing and pouring resin? How to embed things in resin and how to add color? How about working with open-backed bezels? Yep, it’s all in here. Plus, there’s sanity-saving information on dealing with overspills and even help for saving your project when you thought it was ruined.

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And if all of that helpful technical stuff wasn’t enough, there are also many beautiful and inspiring examples of using resin from a talented design team (Kecia Deveney, Deryn Mentock, Kristen Robinson, Jane Salley and Barbe Saint John) to give you plenty of examples of just what you can do with resin.

I think I may even make a second project . . .


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3 Responses to Book Review: Explore, Create, Resinate

  1. flowergirl0214 says:

    Hi everyone!! I have just recently started learning about mixed media arts and I have to admit I am in LOVE! I would be so interested to learn about using ICE resin, I adore necklaces and rings and things like that, so I would imagine that there would be soooooo many gorgeous things that could be created with that product. Then also having access to a wonderful book like that would provide a tonne of creative insipiration. Awesome.


  2. jananewton says:

    Springtime! Inspiration and sunshine are flowing strong! I’m ready to play with ICE RESIN! I admit, I have held back for ages due to the expense of ICE…my fear? Maybe my project isn’t worthy, after all cheaper resins seem less risky and still shine real pretty. ICE RESIN, however, seems jewel like, crystal clear and worthy of the finest embedments (is that a noun? a new word, to heck with spell check!)
    Time to take a risk, try something really exciting and even a little scary….ICE I NEED YOU!

  3. Mary says:

    this sounds like an awesome book!!