The 10 Items You Need For Epoxy Pouring Art

supplies for epoxy pouringReady to try epoxy pouring? Woo hoo! Get ready to let the epoxy have the final say on how the resin colors come together to create something amazing.

Here’s the list of supplies you need to begin your epoxy pouring project.

⭐️ BONUS: Look for a link to a downloadable list at the end of this article so you can have it handy as you shop for supplies.

1. Resin

Of course, you’re going to need resin, but which one?

For pouring, you will need an epoxy doming resin. This resin formula mixes thick and evenly levels after pouring it on a surface.

Best resin for painting

Resin Obsession epoxy resin for art

*Mixes 1:1 by volume
*Mix 3 Ounces to 1 gallon at once
*Twenty to thirty-five minute working time
*Contains UV additives to protect against yellowing

And this epoxy takes colors amazingly. You don’t have to worry about the colors sinking or separating.

2. Colors

Let’s face it. The real excitement with epoxy pouring is getting epoxy colors as a part of your art supplies. You’ll get the best results using colors specially formulated to color resin. They won’t impact curing and maintain their colors once the resin dries.

You can use any colors you want to give your resin a vibrant hue. Here are my favorites:

Opaque resin colors

Resin Obsession opaque epoxy pigments

Ten beautiful shades you can mix together to create new colors

Transparent resin colors

Resin Obsession transparent epoxy pigments

Mimic jewel tones and ocean colors

Metallic resin colors

Pearl Ex powder pigments

Add a subtle shimmer and shine to your resin

What about using acrylic paints, eye shadows, and food coloring dye to color resin?

In a nutshell, the answer is maybe. Acrylic paints are water-based, which isn’t the best for resin curing because resin hates water. Also, eye shadows don’t always dissolve easily, especially if they are old. I don’t want to discourage you from trying them, but simply expect that things might not turn out exactly the way you hoped.

3. Painting surface

stack of canvases

It wouldn’t be much of a resin painting if you didn’t have a surface to pour your epoxy onto. Anything that has a flat surface can work for your epoxy pouring. That means you can use wooden boards, canvases, and MDF boards. You can even use tiles and vinyl records.

⭐️ BONUS: Learn about items you can use for resin painting surfaces.

4. Mixing supplies

To make your resin art, you will need mixing cups and stirring sticks to accurately measure and thoroughly mix your resin.

Use mixing cups with graduated lines to precisely measure the volume of resin and hardener you need for your project. You want to avoid sticky resin.

These plastic stirring sticks are great because they are reusable. Simply wipe them clean after using them so you can save them for another time. Plus, because they’re plastic and not wood, you don’t have to worry about them introducing bubbles into your resin.

5. Other additives

If you want to create cells in your epoxy pouring, you’ll need supplies to help the resin separate from other colors. This can be acetone, alcohol, or silicone oil. You don’t want to add more than a few drops per ounce of mixed resin; otherwise, you’re resin may not cure.

⚠️ IMPORTANT: Because acetone and alcohol are flammable, be careful if you are using a torch, as it can start a fire. This is why I use a heat gun instead. Plus, a heat gun is better at helping you make ocean waves.

6. Plastic sheeting

plastic drop cloth

Because epoxy will make a mess as it drips off the side of your paintings, you want to cover your painting surface with something to protect it from the resin while you’re pouring.  A painter’s tarp or a plastic shower curtain works great for this purpose.  And if you make a big mess, you can throw them away.

7. Painting cover

putting a plastic cover over resin

While your resin dries, you need to keep dust and hair off the surface.  Even if you don’t see any, it will be floating in the air and can land on your piece.  You can use a large plastic storage bin, but a large box or plastic swimming pool works too.

8. Cups

cups for painting surface

You will need plastic cups (or something similar) to elevate your surface while pouring epoxy.

9. Level

level for resin painting surface

Once your surface is lifted on the cups, you will need a level to make sure the surface is … well … level.  If you don’t, your resin could pool on one side and not cover evenly.

10. Heat source

Use a heat gun for your heat source.  Not only does it push epoxy over the surface and pop bubbles, but you don’t have to worry about it starting a fire as you do with a torch.

Here’s the best part.

Here’s your {FREE} downloadable epoxy pouring supplies shopping list.  Click below to get your copy.

free epoxy pouring supplies painting checklist
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5 thoughts on “The 10 Items You Need For Epoxy Pouring Art

  1. Thanks for your post. Very interested. Need to save for supply’s, hopefully take a month. I will keep your post till then. Have a great day.

  2. I am especially interested in resin and how to use it in jewelry making. I have so much fun using tea to dye paper, stamping and decoupaging with metal accents and inexpensive gemstone pieces, jasper, etc. I would like to resin the dyed stamped papers and muslin fabric pieces to enhance the “old but classy” look I’m going for ??!!

  3. I want to use epoxy in a Altoids tin and layer the objects in it. Do I pour layers and let dry between layers with objects or add and pour, add and pour and let dry when complete?

  4. Hi I want to fo a 4000 piece puzzle on my dining room table and have no clue where to start. I live in South Africa and have had so many different replies saying can’t be done. I also want to do place mats with photos of our children and grand children. Any advice to do this will be appreciated. Many thanks Annie

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