Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Resin Paper Series #2

Hi all, it is Karen Bearse, back with another installment of my paper series.  Today we are going to examine using resin on glossy surfaces, handmade paper, and another napkin idea.

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Here is the first paper we are playing with- magazine paper:

This is a page from Entertainment Weekly advertising the show "Legends" with Sean Bean, (love him little plug-hee hee).  I applied the EasyCast® Resin with a piece of kitchen sponge as in my last post.  Interesting when dried, the resin looks like water spilled on the page and was repelled and beaded quite a bit.  Very cool!  On the backside it is actually fairly smooth.  However for a light weight paper it did not become transparent.

Next up, a photo printed on glossy paper.  I was very surprised that the photo did not bleed or smear at all.  It looks almost like a laminate only there is some texture from the sponge and a few bubbles.  Like the magazine transparency was not affected.  Next time I would use my heat gun just a little to remove bubbles and potentially smooth out the resin.  However I like the look and will try potentially putting more texture in, using a texture tool, when the resin is slightly dry-hum.  For now I would use this is in a project life or mini book and just punch holes adding the photo with no page protector.  The resin protects the photo quite nicely. 

  Here is a tag with acrylic paint on top.  This had surprisingly a bit of the same effect with the resin being repelled in places, but not beading just some empty spaces.  It does add lovely shine and texture.  If I wanted to cover the tag completely I could just spread a second coat.

Next up a playing card.  Yup you guessed it with the glossy surface the resin reacts like the magazine page.  Beading and leaving a cool texture. 

I switched gears with my next paper and covered a hand made paper with gold metallic. The resin/paper is quite transparent and the feel of the paper is roughly textured.  Very cool, I see using this with die cuts or as paper in a mini. 

Interestingly, the resin process did change the color of the paper from bright blue to a beautiful teal color.  The metallic remained almost identical to the original but as the base color is darker the metallic pops more. 

 Lastly, I went back to the napkins.  I left the napkin layers intact and applied a heavier layer of resin.  This is great & creates a strong plastic like page.  The lines in the napkin were left intact which I had hoped the resin would smooth things out.  I want to figure out how to get rid of the lines.  Can you iron paper napkins?

Now I have a nice folder full of fun resin/papers that I will be playing with.  Take some time this week to play with EasyCast® Resin!!!!

3 comments:

  1. yes, you can iron paper, put your iron in silk/acetate setting and iron paper with a towel/bed sheet over it

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    1. Great tip- thanks for letting me know!

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