Stuck at home during the pandemic, Alissa Glatter began her hobby of acrylic flow painting and resin jewelry.
She recalled, “One day, my husband asked, ‘What’s the endgame?’ and that was all the motivation I needed to create an LLC and apply to several local markets. While I rarely use glitter, Glatter’s Glitters was named when I was just beginning to make resin art. I started with earring molds, using resin, dye, and glitter. That was short lived, but the name Glatter’s Glitters stuck!”
She’s also taken several art classes, from watercolor to metalsmith, and participated in a decorative artists guild.
Decades ago, she opened Thomas McKnight’s book, “Windows on Paradise,” and shared seven double-page productions where she created 2’x4’ copies of the artwork. Later, she started testing different faux painting methods on her home’s walls. Over the next several years, she faux painted dozens of walls, cabinets, and furniture as a side business.
“Flow painting “is another phase of her creative journey.
Glatter states, “I enjoy making and selling functional art. While coaster sets continue to be the best seller, I also sell charcuterie boards, lazy Susans, and trays.
Prices range from $30 for a coaster set to over $500 for a 36” lazy Susan. Some of the most popular items are any that have a naturalistic beach scene or work with the buyers’ décor – lots of grey, navy, and cream colors. Some of my favorites are abstract beaches or more vibrant and contrasting – fuchsia, black and white.”
This year, she was commissioned by the City of Duluth to create 150 artistic pieces to commemorate the rebuilding of Rogers Bridge. The city representative found her at the Duluth Farmers Market and admired her coasters. Glatter incorporated her artistic style in resin cubes containing metal bolts from the original bridge and on metal paperweights made from slices of an original beam from 1912.
Glatter enjoys crafting personalized items for special events, like embedding monograms and designs made using Silhouette Design Space software and a Cameo cutting machine. Recently, she was given the broken glass from a wedding to incorporate into a piece to create something meaningful for the couple.
She stated, “I usually start with a blank tile or wood base, choose a pour painting style and acrylic paints mixed with pouring medium to create a bloom, swipe, or other abstract artwork on the space. I never use a paintbrush, but often use a spatula, cake decorating spinner and torch. It takes two days to cure. Then, I add resin for a strong, glossy topcoat. The resin takes another two days to cure.”
She explained her commitment to recycling and “green” management.
“As a mom of two amazing daughters in the health sector — one getting an MS in epidemiology/public health and one in medical school, I do my best to plan so there is no waste nor harm done to the environment. I use silicone mixing cups to reduce plastic waste. Also, I reuse bags and packing materials as much as possible and have been known to solicit neighbors for their saved store bags.”
For more information, contact Glattersglitters@gmail.com.