Getting cells in resin art projects is the ultimate goal for many artists. They create unique and exciting patterns that make looking at resin art paintings very pleasing and stimulating.
So exactly how do you get cells in resin?
First, you have to start with an artwork resin. This is the one we recommend:
Add a ‘repellant.’ This is an oily substance that works to repel the resin against itself. When using a repellant, only add it to one resin color so you can create cells in the resin. Examples of repellants are dimethicone hair serum and silicone lubricant used for maintaining small gears like exercise equipment.
Here’s an example of using silicone oil in resin:
Mix in chemical additives to change the viscosity of the colored resin. Use something like acetone or alcohol. Add it to a single color to make it more fluid. This allows that color to spread easier over other colors.
Here’s an example using three different chemical additives:
Use pigments with different densities. By using ‘heavy’ pigments on top of ‘light’ pigments, the heavy pigments will want to move downwards. This movement helps to create a cellular effect. The tough part here is knowing which pigments are dense and heavy and which are not. In general, it’s something you have to learn with your experience of using different colors. You can see how I made cells in resin using the Resin Obsession opaque white pigment with Resin Obsession transparent colors here:
Use a heat gun. This resin tool is excellent for not only getting rid of bubbles in the resin but also pushing resin around the surface. Combine this with any of the methods above, and you can create even more cells in your resin.
What has been your experience getting cells in resin?
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