How to get cells in resin – Create cells in resin paintings

How to make cells in resin

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?

Option 1

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:

Option 2

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:

Option 3

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:

White cells over purple and magenta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus tip:

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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7 Comments

ilene wight

Very helpful. I would say that in most cases an opaque white is going to be the densest color. Often I will create a new color by combining white with a touch of alcohol ink to get more cells, This way I have both the alcohol and the density working together to form cells.

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Lorinda

Where can dimethicone be purchased? Do you sell it? I haven’t been able to locate a source. Also, would mixing in some nail polish remove with acetone work or will that damage the curing? Very interested in creating cells but have not had any luck yet. Tried Resin-Blast but results have been sporadic – hints? Thanks!

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Katherine Swift

Dimethicone is the main ingredient in hair serum. You should be able to find it at any store that sells hair care products. Nail polish remover is acetone, so mixing the two of those together won’t get you any better results.

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Genevieve

You are by far thee best instructor on how to make cells. I’ve watched 1000,s of YouTube videos and spent $100’s of dollars on alcohol inks. My white always sinks to the bottom and ruins what I was hoping would be the out come . Thank you , thank you , thank you. Your videos are so explanatory and I’ve learned so much from you . Do you have online classes , do you have a preference with alcohol inks or inks , or resin colorants ? Again thank you so much for your videos and easy to follow along instructional videos ! It’s appreciated. Best wishes , Genevieve

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michel stewart

Agreed!!!! So helpful when many just show the process without explanation! Thank you!

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