Last fall my friend asked me to make a custom resin art of a “satanic bearded lady.” This is what I came up with!
My friend collects art of bearded women and I was happy to expand his collection. I don’t recall if he asked me specifically to use a photo of Clémentine Delait or if that’s just the photo of a bearded lady that I was drawn to on Google. I printed it on a page of a book called Library of Health from 1923. I chose a page that was related to the hair, which you can see on her shoulder.
I often use the nimbus in my art. I achieved this in resin by setting my printed image in my empty mold and making a light scratch in the surface with my fingernail where I wanted her head to be. For the background of this piece I mixed transparent black resin dyed with alcohol ink and shimmery gold resin dyed with expired eye shadow. I poured these colors anywhere I didn’t want my halo. For the halo I filled the leftover empty space with transparent blue resin dyed with alcohol ink. Into the center of that space I added some clear resin mixed with shimmery mermaid glitter (similar here.) I let the background cure overnight.
The next day I added all of my paper elements. I cut out my subject’s eyes (sorry, Clémentine, it’s for my art.) I added a piece of holographic foil cardstock behind the space to make it look like her eyes are glowing. I covered the entire image with packing tape, front and back, to protect it from the resin. I added the dimensional mushroom stickers and a snake sticker from Halloween. The moon is made from copper glitter scrapbooking paper. I didn’t cover this with tape and it didn’t distort in the resin. I covered everything with clear resin except for the bottom, which is made of clear resin mixed with aquarium sand and some star shaped glitter.
I always put a saw tooth hanger on the back of these in case the recipient wants to hang it. Honestly they look so much cooler in front of a light source so I also include a plate stand for displaying on a shelf. To affix the hanger I wait until the piece is totally cured, then turn it face-down onto a flat surface. I use a tiny bit of resin to stick it to the back, making sure to hide it behind one of my paper elements.
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