MarinaMakesArt

Original Resin & Mixed Media Art

San Diego, California
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Last updated on Mar 26, 2022

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About MarinaMakesArt

Sales 640
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Art Heals

I aspire to create art that feels good, heals our hearts, and commemorates our most beloved memories.

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  • Marina Nara

    Owner

    I am a Lab Technician by day, artist at night. I create eye-catching pieces that are thoughtfully crafted ❤️

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  • Printful

    Charlotte, NC

    Printful is an on-demand printing and fulfillment company that helps businesses with creating products.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Can you preserve my flowers for me in a custom piece? What is the process?

Yes, of course! I can work with your dried flowers or fresh florals. You can select an item that I currently have listed in my shop. Please send me a message to check for schedule availability.

To reserve your spot, I will ask you to purchase the listing. Once payment is processed, I will send you my shipping instructions on how to send me your flowers. If your flowers are fresh, I will dry them in a special process with silica sand, which helps preserve floral colors and shapes. This drying process takes about 2-4 weeks.

Once your flowers are dry, I will design a layout and send you photos prior to casting. The casting process will take about 4-8 weeks, depending on the scale of your project.

How will my flowers look in resin?

All flowers are unique and some dry better than others. Bright colors (yellows, pinks, blues) tend to stay vibrant and sturdier florals (roses, carnations, hydrangeas, foliage) maintain their shape and dry better. Reds and purples tend to dry to a dark burgundy while whites dry a more yellow or brown color. Very thin and gentle flowers (tulips, lilies, orchids) can pose a challenge. Succulents, Anthurium, and Ginger Lilies dry completely brown.

Flowers can become bruised from surviving an event and from shipping. These worn out areas show up as brown or translucent spots when cast in resin. I will do my best to work with what I receive; however, I cannot control how a flower dries or how they react to resin.

I'm local to San Diego. Can I drop off my flowers to you directly?

Absolutely. Please include this request when contacting me about your project and we can schedule a meetup.

What is “resin”? How long does it last?

Epoxy resin is a material I use in my art pieces to seal and paint, as well as preserve flowers and cast 3D resin sculptures. To create my pieces, I work with resin in liquid form which then cures (or hardens) into a solid piece. Resin cures rock-hard and is similar to the finish and appearance of glass with the feel of acrylic. It is a strong and durable material that will essentially last “forever”.

Epoxy resin is sensitive to UV rays and will gradually amber/yellow over time. This is a part of the natural aging process of resin. Keeping it away from sunlight and heat will slow down this process. Ambering is to be expected and cannot be prevented or fixed.

How do I take care of my resin art?

Keep out of sunlight, preferably in a shady room or area. Keep away from heat. Resin will yellow when exposed to UV rays and excessive heat. Treat your piece like a piece of glass —avoid scratching or dropping it. Avoid using abrasive chemicals, such as acetone. To clean, wipe down with a microfiber towel and use car polish or a colorless, gentle oil (mineral/coconut/silicone oil) to restore the shiny surface.

Can you make me a perfect piece?

I cannot create perfection. Working with real flowers means that there are going to be imperfections. Everything I create is handmade, and is imperfect by nature because I am not a machine. My goal is to capture the memory and sentiment of your special day, and as an artist, I am aiming to honor natural beauty. I will make the best of what I am given and create a unique yet honest piece designed just for you.

I have less control over items that are made upside down (pyramids/ring holders/spheres/domes/crystals) and have to rely on my intuition and spatial skills in these pieces. Square/rectangular/hexagon blocks are made facing up, so I have a lot more control with these pieces. I am also limited by the quality of the flowers I am given.

What is your return policy?

All custom orders are non-refundable. Ready-made items are returnable if the return is requested within 7 business days. The item must be in its original condition and buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. Please contact me if you experience damages due to shipping and we can work together to try to resolve this issue.

What happens to my leftover flowers and pins from my wedding bouquet?

I will dispose of leftover flowers one week after your piece has been shipped out to you. I do not keep pins or ribbons unless requested. If you’d like me to save these items for you, please include this request in your message.

Do I need to book you in advance?

Yes, I usually book all my spots up quickly for weddings. I recommend booking me at least a month in advance. I cannot guarantee that I will have spots available, but sometimes I am able to accomodate last minute requests. Please message me to see if I have availability.

If you are interested in a memorial piece, I do reserve extra spots every month for these special requests.

What if my flowers die during transit?

I recommend using the quickest shipping possible to prevent this from occurring. If your flowers die during transit, I offer these options:
(1) Preserve and salvage what I can, with the understanding that flowers will have an air-dried look;
(2) Replace flowers with fresh florals from my local florist;
(3) Request cancellation of your order