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Dragon Flames – Ice Resin Paper Home

July 1st, 2011 by Nikki Smith

Meet my pet dragon:

My Pet Dragon

The inspiration for this home was two-fold: our broken A/C with temps above 100 degrees, and fire which can both warm and destroy.

It was 103° outside, two small kiddos at home, the A/C didn’t work (and the repair company that worked on it didn’t return our calls for over a week!), and then I made the mistake of cooking something on the stove-top…I should have had a PBJ sandwich…

Ice-resin paper home

This piece is constructed from tissue paper treated with ice resin which creates a translucent effect.  An inner support was built out of a transparency sheet cut and hinged to shape, and flame-colored parchment leaves form a separate base and perfect accent.

This is one of my entries in the Cloth Paper Scissors “Home Sweet Home” challenge.

I have a burnin' desire...oh oh oh, heart's on fire...

Hot summer days, winter evenings by the fireside…What memories does this evoke for you? Let me know in the comments below!

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3 Responses to “Dragon Flames – Ice Resin Paper Home”

  1. spindelmaker says:

    I love these, they look awesome! Good luck with your entry!

  2. Jenny Lee says:

    Your entries are beautiful. I recently purchased some ice resin, but I am scared to use it! I love the transparent and delicate look of what you have done. There are so many amazing houses entered in the CPS challenge. I don’t have high hopes for mine, but as always these challenges push me to expand as an artist, so I always try to do them. Sometimes I get lucky! I really like your work. Keep going with it!

  3. Nikki Smith says:

    Hi Jenny, your house was one of my favorites!! I fully expect to see it in the next magazine. And yes, I agree, these challenges are great motivation to experiment with new techniques and lots of fun, too. As for the ice resin, I recommend clearing a big workspace, laying down some garbage bags to protect your surface and having a collection of interesting papers handy. (Tissue papers, napkins, old book pages, sheet music, your own art printed on thin [not photo] paper [be sure to use a fixative if an inkjet print] etc.) Whenever you’ve finished the main piece(s) that you wanted to work on, you can use the remaining ice resin to coat some paper that you can use in future projects. The hard part is resisting the urge to touch everything while it’s drying. 😉 Just experiment and have fun!

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