I wanted to take a moment and talk about RESIN! Resin is that thick, glossy topcoat you'll often see on the surface of artwork, photos, bar tops, jewelry and many other types of craft projects. Resin makes up 90% of my artwork, so when deciding what resin to use there were many words tumbling around in my head like, non-toxic, easy to use, UV protected, self leveling, durable, clear and beautiful. I knew that if I wanted to make it as an artist I had to use quality products that would allow my art to outlive me and that wouldn't yellow over time. Enter ArtResin! It's everything I was looking for and it's so easy to use, I could detach myself from the worries and struggles of other resin brands and just focus on the art.
Below I will share with you how I create one of my resin pieces, from start to finish. In this step by step post, you will be able to see just how important quality resin is to my process.
Let's Get Started!
Step 1: Gathering The Supplies
- 16x20 Cradled Wood Panel
- Painters Tape
- Spray Paint
- Liquid Acrylics
- High Flow Acrylics
- Medium Body Acrylics
- Powder Pigments
- Plastic Cups
- Stir Sticks
- Measuring Cup
- 32 oz Starter Kit of ArtResin
* While ArtResin has been certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials as non-toxic and produces no VOCs or fumes, I like to err on the side of caution when creating. I highly encourage safety when working with airborne additives like spray paint and pigments. Doesn't hurt to play it safe while looking and sounding like Darth Vader.
Step 2: Prep Wood Panel
Step 3: Set Up The Workspace
There are a couple of important things to keep in mind here. 1. That you're working on a level, elevated surface. To do so, I've set my wood panel on top of a few small cups. This allows the resin to drip over and off the sides. I've also used my level to make sure that my resin will self level evenly across my wood panel and not all slide off to one side. 2. Utilize a dust free environment (however you can!). I've built a resin box that I work inside of, that way, once I'm done working I can close the lid and rest assured knowing once it's cured I'll get a beautiful, dust free and suicidal bug free surface. Note: There are many ways to cover your work. Get creative! Before this box I utilized large tupperware.
Step 4: Measure and Mix
Before I start mixing the ArtResin, it's important to calculate how much I will need to cover the surface of my substrate. That is where one of my favorite ArtResin resources comes into play, The Calculator on their website is able to determine how much you will need by entering the length and width of your project.
Great! 11 oz will cover my 16x20 wood panel. I'll round up to 12 oz for easier measuring. With ArtResins 1:1 formula, I know that I will need to combine 6 oz of resin + 6 oz of hardener.
Step 5: Mix In Your Additives
Like I mentioned above, I've decided to showcase how versatile ArtResin is, by mixing in a few different types of additives. A general rule I like to follow is that you only need about 10% additive to resin ratio. If you add too much the resin will become a gloopy mess.
Step 6: Create!
ArtResin has one of the longer working times of the resin I have experimented with. Depending on the additive, I've found I have about 45 minutes of work time before the resin starts to cure. This means I have to work fast, especially on larger pieces...but that's all part of the fun!
See me work extra fast in this timelapse video!
Step 7: Torch!
Step 8: Cover
Thanks for reading!