What is Black and White and read all over? – Well, it used to be the newspaper but now it is the coloring craze inspired by the art known as Zentangle™. This art form is used in so many avenues of healing, calming and creating a “Zen” like feel of mind and spirit. For many of us who loved to color as a child, this coloring craze is taking us back to the joys of the Crayola box with the sharpener in the back or perhaps a big tub of much loved crayons all dumped together. The original Zentangle™ was only done in black and white. So at CHA earlier this year, when the ICE Resin® Tissue Paper pack was debuted, I quickly turned to the back pages that had black images on white tissue. I was so happy to find some “Zen-inspired” designs. This tissue is a bit thicker and can create wonderful shaker boxes but it is also transparent enough that when it is in ICE Resin®, most of the tissue disappears and the image is what is left. Creating the white background couldn’t have been easier (and stress-free). Two to three drops of Dina Wakley Media (HB) Acrylic Paint stirred into the ICE Resin® gives the white background for the images. And to keep these bezels in simplicity and true Zen colors, annealed black wire, glass beads and the ICE Resin® leather cord were used to finish this piece. Let’s gather a few supplies, and create “Zen” with ICE Resin®.
Step 1: Place the 2 bezels on the studio sheet. Prepare ICE Resin® with the Acrylic Paint. Mix equal amounts of part A and part B in the disposable cup. Using the plastic stir stick and gently fold the two parts stirring for two minutes.
Step 2: Add 2 -3 drops of the White Paint and stir to incorporate. Set aside for five minutes to allow for some of the bubbles to dissolve.
Step 3: Fill ½ the depth of each bezel. Set aside to dry 6-8 hours.
Step 4: Select the tissue paper images and use the Bezel template to trace the bezel shape onto the back of the tissue. Cut out images.
Step 5: Once the bezels have dried, mix up a small amount of ICE Resin® as in Step 1 without the acrylic paint. Place bezels back on the studio sheet Using the stir stick, drop a small amount of Resin into the bezel, place your tissue paper image into the Resin and then add more to cover the tissue and fill the bezel. Let dry 6-8 hours.
Step 6: To join the two bezels- cut a piece of wire to desired length. Thread one bezel onto wire and loosely wrap to secure. Thread the second bezel onto the other end of the wire and wrap secure.
To create the bead dangles, cut a piece of annealed wire, select a charm and several beads. Thread the charm onto one end of the wire. With pliers, bring the shorter end of wire around the charm, create a loop and then wire wrap as desires. This can be done “messy” or evenly wrapped. Thread glass beads onto the long end. Thread this through the looped piece of wire from step 5. Bring the tail around the wire and wrap to close. Repeat for the 2nd dangle.
To create the connector, cut a piece of annealed wire. Create a loop at one end of the wire by wrapping the small end of the wire around the longer piece. Thread two beads, the bezels, two beads and create the loop at the other end of the wire. Wire wrap to secure.
Step 7: Cut two pieces of leather to desired size. **I doubled each side of the leather. Thread each piece of leather through the open end of the connector. Bring ends to meet and using ICE Resin® leather adhesive, glue clasp. Set aside to dry. Using a small piece of wire, wire wrap the leather near the connector to secure the leather and for the necklace to lay flat.
Chantal lives in Rowlett, Texas and is married to Scott. They have three children, 3 dogs and 5 sweet little hens. Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Home, Sew Somerset, Apronology, Haute Handbags, Belle Armoire and Green Craft. She is currently on the ICE Resin® 2016 Design Team, the Gauche Alchemy Design Team and is a regular contributor to Bella Crafts Quarterly. For teaching engagements, you may contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her blog at chantaljohnson.blogspot.com or become her friend on Facebook to see her latest inspirations and see the joy in daily living.