A funny thing happened in Paris...

Well, actually MANY funny things happened in Paris in the Springtime, but a couple things relate to my new resin art product line.

I gifted both our very generous art retreat hostess, Monica Gill of You Shine Studio, and Julia Thelen, our amazing chef, one of our Paris Art Journal Kits. When Julia made the comment, “this resin is so soft and smooth!” Not soft, like pliable and rubbery, but smooth to the touch.

You see, much like saying Band-Aids or Xerox, not all resins are created equally. Sure, they are “resin”, but our resin produces a softer touch than many expect or are used to. It does not have inert fillers that allow more expensive (or cheap!) resins to “stretch” further in terms of quantity. Our resin isn’t brittle, nor does it have that typical “plastic-y” feel we have all come to know…. think Sorry game tokens, or Monopoly houses and hotels. *** side note: I LOVE playing board games!!! ha ha

All our resins - the opaque, matte-finish white, the crystal-clear, and the frosted-clear are ALL Premium, Made in the USA resins. We have been casting resin for over 30-years - for our own artworks, for commissioned pieces, theme park applications worldwide, entertainment companies, industrial & prototyping designers, and the high-end automotive industry. Resin is second-nature to our production team here in Southern Oregon. We love it!

The other funny thing that happened in Paris…. my friend, Kendra, and I were sitting at a cute sidewalk coffee shop one morning. We were taking a little break from brocante (street flea market) shopping. BOY! Were we in for some surprises! If you ever get a chance to shop the streets of Paris, DO!!!

While sitting and chatting, we spied a lovely, but HEAVY, stone bust. I took a few photos and emailed them to the studio with a quick note “something like this would be amazing in miniature … cast in resin!”

Well, by the time I was home, a week or so later, my crew had it sculpted and into final design waiting for my final input and approval. DONE! Bella was born. And she is cast in that soft and smooth resin we love!

Paris Art Journal by Janice Martin

Yesterday, I shared about our Artisan Team Member Janice Martin. I am excited to showcase her completion of our Rusty Monkey Studio Originals, cast resin la Ville Lumiere (the city of lights) Paris Journal. This lovely kit comes complete with a fully detailed front cover, back cover, cast-in canvas over-lay texture with an inset pocket, 8 thick die cut chipboard pages, and 2, 2” silver binder rings. The size is perfect for all your photos up to 5”x7”.

The front cover is an engraved 1879 map of the 17th Arrondissement in Paris with the title Paris embossed. The back cover has substantially embossed Fleur de Lis texture. All of this detail is perfect for painting, inking, and metal leafing.

I hope you enjoy looking through her beautiful keepsake of our trip to Paris in 2018. You might even recognize a few of the gals within…