Updated: Nov 13, 2019
This is really exciting. First, this is our first international fluid artist spotlight. I feel so continental right now. Second, this artist is incredible. I have so much reverence for the resin artists. Resin is not very forgiving, if you haven't tried resin before you should note, it's way harder than it looks. Philosophically, we share the same reservations about the environmental impact of our craft. She considers the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) and that's someone I can get behind! Her work has so many interesting elements. Sometimes fluid art can appear to have a scene with lots of different things going on at once. This is something that rings true for her work although it is not overly busy. In fact, her pieces bring a sense of calm and also intrigue. See for yourself and if you dig her art as much as I do, click the link below to learn more about Caroline Bond, resin art badass.
What drew you to fluid art in the beginning?
I had been doing pencil portraits for years but felt so uninspired by the process. I wanted to make big abstracts with lots of colour but didn't know where to start. Fluid acrylic pours were just starting to become a 'thing' so I watched a couple of Youtube videos and just got going! I felt free in my artist process for the first time, it felt wonderful.
What type(s) of fluid art do you prefer (ie. acrylic pours, alcohol inks, etc....)
I adore the look of alcohol inks but have never mastered them myself. My favourite is resin, I feel like I found my own style with it now.
What is your process like?
Pretty free and intuitive. I like that there's only so much technique you can learn from others, the rest comes down to experimenting and reacting to what's happening in front of you.
How has fluid art affected you?
It has given me the confidence to explore my creativity and branch out. It's also given me a platform to put my art out there and connect with other artists, which I love.
What are some of your favorite fluid art products?
I work almost exclusively with Mastercast 1-2-1 by Eli-Chem Resins and Mica powders by Resin8UK
Do you have any tips for beginners?
Just dive in and have a go! And please protect yourself - wear a full face mask and gloves if you are working with chemicals, especially if you are heating them with a blow torch or heat gun.
What have been your frustrations with fluid art?
My biggest worry/frustration is about the environmental impact of fluid art. I try to keep my waste to a minimum and use reuseable materials wherever I can.