Getting cells and lacing is the holy grail when creating epoxy art. Like how are you supposed to make an ocean painting and not have foamy waves? Ah. I can hear the surf and feel the cold drink in my hand…
Whoops. Sorry about that mental vacation there. Let’s get back to it.
So how do you get cells in resin?
First, you have to start with a resin for art.
This resin formula is meant to go on a surface. It mixes thick and wants to cover evenly. That’s important so you don’t get dimples and fish eyes on your resin painting surface.
This one works great:
*Color stable. You don’t have to worry about your shades sinking or not saturating the resin.
*Make art faster. Instead of mixing, then waiting for your resin to thicken, this resin has a shorter working time. Pour your resin sooner than with other brands.
*Budget-friendly. Have fun making resin art knowing you aren’t breaking the bank.
Now that you’ve got your epoxy resin, how do you get cells in that 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. You can use dimethicone hair serum or silicone lubricant used for maintaining small gears. You might try searching for exercise equipment oil.
Here’s an example of using silicone oil in resin:
Option 2: Mix in chemicals
These change the viscosity of the colored resin. You can use acetone or alcohol. Add a few drops to a single color to make it more fluid. That color will spread easier over other colors.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Both of those chemicals are flammable. Plus, you’re adding them to the chemicals in your resin kit. Please take a moment to review resin safety precautions to make sure you don’t hurt yourself.
Here’s an example using three different chemical additives:
Option 3: Use pigments with different densities
If you use ‘heavy’ pigments on top of ‘light’ pigments, the heavy pigments will push downwards. This movement creates resin cells and lacing. The tricky part here is knowing which pigments are dense 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 (the heavy pigment) with Resin Obsession transparent colors (the light pigments) here:
Option 4: Use a heat gun.
This resin tool is excellent for getting rid of bubbles in the resin and pushing resin around the surface. Combine this with any of the methods above, and create even more cells in your resin.
Want to learn more resin basics?
Grab a copy of Resin Fundamentals. The ebook will take you from confused to confident with resin in an afternoon. Buy now and get a download link to your email in minutes.
Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC