Layers of resin and paint are needed to create a 3D effect.
Did you know that you can put fishes in teacups, saucers and bowls and go on long vacations? You don’t have to change water or feed your koi, goldfish or turtles. That’s because these pets are works of art.
The fishes are made from resin and painted with acrylics; the crystal clear water is cured resin. Visitors who set eyes on Suzi Chua’s resin artworks can’t help asking: “Are the fishes real? Is the water real?”
“I love painting different species of goldfish. I learn more about them as I go along,” said Chua, rattling off fancy names like black moor, ranchu and oranda. She is also fascinated by dolphins, sea turtles and shrimps.
Each resin artwork takes a week to complete because resin needs to be cured overnight before it can be painted over. “A good three-dimensional resin artwork requires several layers of resin and painting,” said the 55-year-old pet artist. “It’s like making kuih lapis.”