Mesmerising best describes Stephanie Walberer’s resin furniture and art.
Better known as ‘Mrs Colorberry’, the Munich-based artist pours, paints and turns blank canvases into beautiful, sparkling pieces that are inspired by geodes – naturally occuring hollow rocks lined with crystals or gems on the inside.
Made from resin, paint, glitter, and sometimes decorated with real gems, her work is not limited to wall art, as she also makes prints, tables and even glittery cheese boards. A heat gun helps to eliminate air bubbles and create a more realistic look.
Why “Mrs COLORBERRY”?
Even for Germans, it’s hard to say my (real) name correctly – so I decided on an easier name for myself and my art, that everyone in the world can relate to. The ‘Color’ part is because all my artworks are colourful. When you look at a colourful painting, you’re happy – and I’m happy with what I’m able to do.
As for ‘Berry’, I love eating berries – if there is a strawberry cake in the kitchen and you leave me alone with it, there will only be the pastry left without the berries on top. Berry is also a feminine word, and reminds me of summer and mother nature. All my favourite colours happen to be shades of berry as well. Hence the name Mrs COLORBERRY.
When and how did you get into creating geode resin art?
I visited a mineral show in Germany last year, for fun. I was already a resin artist at this time and was addicted to pouring on everything you can imagine. This is something all resin artists suffer from (laughs). When I saw those beautiful, glossy and sparkling geodes, agates and healing stones, I fell in love with them! And because resin also has a high gloss finish, the idea to create resin ‘geodes’ was born.
How long does it take to make each piece?
There is no set time. Some pieces are poured quickly and done in two or three hours, but if I want to add layers, effects, stones, glitter or highlights, it may take me up to four weeks. Painting and pouring is a process. First, I conceptualise the idea; then, I have to choose the perfect surface, prepare it, draw the lines, think about a good colour combination and prepare the art room. It’s not about the duration though – it’s about the results !
What is the most challenging process of creating a piece?
The resin. This is the medium I’m working with and it’s not as easy as it looks. It’s unique, sticky and tricky to work with, and requires a lot of experience to control it.
Where do you get inspiration from?
The biggest inspiration for me is mother nature. She is the goddess of shapes, structures and awesome colour combinations. Just take a look at some of mother nature’s healing stones – there is so much detail in each piece. I recently started collecting healing stones for myself and I just sit in front of them and watch them whenever I need some inspiration.
How do you think social media has helped artists like yourself share their work on a global platform?
Platforms like Instagram are important for my work and I totally underestimated it! I started Instagram just one year ago at a friend’s request. It was difficult in the beginning, because you’ll compare yourself to other accounts that have thousands of followers, and I only had 10! (laughs). I celebrated when I reached 50, but I was happy for every follower I had. Being successful on IG needs a lot of knowledge, so I visited a workshop for social media basics. I learned a lot there, but I’m still learning. Of course one can buy followers – some do – but I don’t, because I want to have real followers, art lovers, art colleagues and real COLORBERRY friends.
**Follow the artist on Instagram @MrsColorberry, where she currently has a lot more than 50 followers (79,200, to be exact).