If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own koi pond but didn’t want the hassle of daily maintenance, perhaps the resin art of Erika Voss (aka Scratched And Burnt) is the next best thing. At first glance, each piece looks like it contains real, miniature koi carp, swimming around their little lagoons. However, every pint-sized pond and the colorful fish within has actually been assembled and painted by Voss.
The artist’s one-of-a-kind works are made by arranging miniature pond flowers, lily pads, stones, and logs into ceramic bowls or wooden bases. Synthetic liquid resin is then poured in to create the illusion of a glossy pool of water. Each striking, yellow and red fish is then either painted directly onto the hardened surface, or cast in the glossy material to add extra depth. After another layer of resin, each decorative piece is then finished by using a blow torch to smooth out any unwanted bubbles.
You can purchase Voss’ resin koi ponds on Etsy, as well as some pretty impressive pyrography pieces, jewelry, and keyring designs.