The Bottom of the Cup

by Nancy Franck.
(Wooster, Ohio USA)

It all started at a Christmas ornament workshop. We began by pouring craft paint into clear glass ornaments.

 Wine and Heritage. This piece came out the love of wine and her Native American lineage.

Wine and Heritage. This piece came out the love of wine and her Native American lineage.

We swirled it around a little and turned the ornament over so it could drain into a paper cup. While the finished product was beautiful – what was left in the bottom of the cup was more interesting to me.

Caption: In Honour ~ In Memory: The multi-faceted world of Cancer.

Caption: In Honour ~ In Memory: The multi-faceted world of Cancer.

This is how “Paint Drops” was born. That was in 2009. Since then the journey has taken me to insect wings (Khepri), flower petals (Petals) and bicycle spokes (OutSpoken).

Caption: For a Friend. Favourite colours and shapes were used to design this birthday gift, using \"Stay In\" ear wires.

Caption: For a Friend. Favourite colours and shapes were used to design this birthday gift, using \”Stay In\” ear wires.

OutSpoken Paint Drops. This stationary bracelet has a bicycle spoke for the cuff.

OutSpoken Paint Drops. This stationary bracelet has a bicycle spoke for the cuff.

I think the most fun I have with Paint Drops is including people in the process: choosing colours, shapes, sizes – dropping the paint and seeing their delight with the end result knowing they had a hand in creating their piece.

Nancy Franck
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  • Nancy, what an interesting and unusual way of creating color design. I love the different looks you can get with your Paint Drops technique – I’m sure no two of them are ever the same. Do people often ask you, “What kind of stone is that?” 🙂

  • Nancy says:

    What a fun way to make your designs! I love them! 😀

  • coraNation says:

    I love your words AND your work. It’s wonderful how creativity speaks to us in the most unexpected ways. The pieces you’ve shown here are the definition of art. I love them.

  • Jeanne Lyons says:

    I love the colors and using left over paint but I guess I don’t quite get it…what is the paint put on?

  • Nancy Franck says:

    Rena – The question I most often get is: Is that enamel?

  • Nancy Franck says:

    Jeanne – That could be the $64,000 secret question, but the short answer is I “drop” the paint onto a ceramic tile. It dries and forms a skin. A shape is cut from that skin and could be applied to an existing bezel or to a custom-designed backing. Great question – thanks!

  • Colleen says:

    I love your idea of “painting” your pieces!

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