How to Use Art Resin (A Complete Guide)

In this blog post, I would like to introduce you to Resin Art. To begin with, you will need to know what resin is and what to watch out for when working with epoxy resin. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use resin in art.

What is Resin Art:

It’s possible to create resin art that captures the eye with its clarity, luminosity, depth, and brilliance. 

It is possible to create colorful resin paintings or resin castings by adding color pigments to epoxy resin.

Painting ground, casting type, color and additives can be selected to create different effects. 

Artists who work with resin have never stopped learning.

USA, Canada, and Australia are leading the way with resin art. Europeans are still unfamiliar with the technique.  

Experimenting with resin is fun if you like it. The resin can also be used to finish illustrations, photos, and paintings (oils, acrylics, alcohol inks, watercolors, inks, mixed media, etc.). 

They should also be protected from UV light and mechanical influences with a shine that can be created and also created. Epoxy can also be used to create wood table tops, epoxy river tables, and geode art.

How to Use Resin Art:

Now, learn how to ArtResin your masterpiece with these simple steps!

Step 1: MEASURE

Epoxy resins from ArtResin consist of two components ( resin and hardener ) and are mixed 1:1.

Fill a mixing cup with the resin and hardener, wearing gloves. 

  • Take equal and accurate measurements!  A mixture that contains too much resin or hardener will not cure properly since they will alter the chemical reaction.
  • Gloves are recommended as ArtResin is sticky, which can cause skin irritation if not handled properly. In case of contact with ArtResin, promptly wash your hands with soap and water. Here’s a great video showing how to properly clean your hands below.

Note: Immediately flush your eyes with water if ArtResin somehow comes into contact with your eye. Do not rub. Consult a physician.

TIPS:

  • As long as it is used in a well-ventilated area, ArtResin is a nonhazardous, non-toxic material.
  • Do a little more mixing than you anticipate, in order to cover your work completely in one shot.
  • It is sometimes thought that adding more hardener to the mixture will speed up the 24 hr cure time.  In this case, your resin will not cure due to the delicate 1:1 mixing ratio.  Since heat speeds up curing, increasing the room temperature is the best way to encourage it.

Step 2: MIX

You should stir your mixing container for at least 3 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the vessel as you do so

  • Once equal and accurate measurements are taken, it is imperative that you thoroughly combine both parts for at least three minutes and even longer if you wish!
  • After mixing, you have around 45 minutes to work with the resin before it thickens and cures ( also known as pot time ).

TIPS:

  • The resin will not catalyze and will not cure properly if it gets mixed on the container’s sides and bottom. You will end up with sticky spots that will not harden.
  • You won’t need to worry about bubbles – we’ll deal with them after the pour

Step 3: POUR & SPREAD

Pour ArtResin over your work once you’ve ensured the piece is level. Don’t be afraid!

  • Using a semi-strong object such as a flat flat surface, you can spread the ArtResin into place so that it starts to level on its own.  Plastic spreaders are the ideal tool for spreading ArtResin evenly and efficiently.
  • ArtResin edges can be cleaned in a number of ways: some artists like to tape the edges off and let ArtResin sit dome-shaped on top of their piece. The resin can then drip over the sides of the piece, spreading it smooth with a brush or gloved finger. According to others the underside of the piece is mask off before the resin is added.
  • As bubbles rise to the surface, you will notice them. A blowtorch such as our Artist Torch will allow you to create a flawless, glass-like surface.

Step 4: FINISH YOUR RESINED WORK

Cover your newly resined piece with a torch and blow out bubbles

  • A big cardboard box makes a great protective covering for your resined piece! It helps to have the covering available before you start to resin so it’s ready once you’ve finished.

TIPS:

  • ArtResin should be poured over a dry, dust-free artwork.
  • Your piece should be raised off the work surface using support blocks. We use Legos here at ArtResin for our support blocks. As a result, the resin spills down the edges without pooling at the base, preventing your piece from sticking to the surface.
  • In addition, you should cover your work surface with a drop cloth. The best drop cloths to use with ArtResin are a vinyl shower curtain or a large silicon mat. Fabric and paper drip resin, so it’s best to use ArtResin’s drop cloths: a vinyl shower curtain or a large silicon mat. Clean-up is as easy as peeling off the cured resin after it has dried since ArtResin doesn’t stick to plastic.
  • Using a toothpick, remove any dust or hair that may have landed on your resined piece after torching the bubbles.
  • You can see any imperfections on your spread out surface by looking at it in the reflection of a light source. Use the flashlight on your smartphone to check for imperfections.
  • The drips can be removed with a gloved finger while they’re still wet, but if they dry, they can be easily sanded off with a wet sandpaper.
  • The best choice for large pieces is to use wood panels rather than canvas, since the wood does not sag.

WAIT TO CURE:

While ArtResin cures, it needs to be left in a dust-free environment for 24 hours.

  • The coating will become tacky after about 8 hours, but you can apply another coat if necessary.  You will be able to touch it after about 12 hours.  95% of the cure will be achieved within 24 hours, and 100% within 72 hours.

TIPS:

  • Meanwhile, CLEAN UP! Silicone mats make it easy to clean up. To use the reusable tools next time, simply wipe them with a paper towel before the resin dries, and place them on the mat.
  • Pour the excess ArtResin into the mixing cup upside down. You can pull off the thin layer that will remain inside the cup, revealing a brand new mixing cup!
  • It is also possible to reuse the silicone mat repeatedly because the resin can be peeled off. Try it!

Hope find these tips useful!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is Resin Art Expensive?

Yes, resin art can be a very expensive hobby to pursue. This is primarily due to the fact that Epoxy Resin can be expensive if you are creating larger Resin artworks.

As a result, purchasing Resin Art pieces can be a significant financial commitment.

2. What is the Difference between Art Resin and Casting Resin?

The purpose of Art Resin and Casting Resin is what distinguishes them from one another: Art Resin, also known as Coating Resin, is used for the creation of surfaces and is thicker and harder to work with than other types of resin. Casting Resin is used for larger pours, such as resin tables or molds, and is more expensive.

3. Why Resin Art is Bad?

It is true that epoxy resin has a number of advantageous characteristics, but there is also a disadvantage: because you are technically creating art out of plastic, it is not the most environmentally friendly type of art.

Furthermore, while the resin is in its liquid form, it is toxic and should be handled with caution.

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