How to make resin art – how to paint with resin

how to make resin artIf you are wondering how to make resin art, here are the simple steps to help you get started.

Step 1:  Prepare your workspace.

You will need a space where you can do the following:

  1. 1. Elevate the painting so resin can drip off the side
  2. 2. Can stay undisturbed for the entire cure time
  3. 3. Can accommodate a cover for the resin painting to keep dust off of it while it cures.
  4. 4. Cover it with plastic to keep drips off the surface

Pro tip:  to make sure the resin that runs off doesn’t run onto the floor, I make sure there is at least a 6-inch wide buffer around my painting perimeter to accommodate drips.  Make this area larger as your painting surface gets larger.

Step 2:  Choose your resin painting surface.

stack of canvases

There are many substrates that can be used for resin painting.  Protect the back with painter’s tape. This tape will collect the drips that run underneath.  You need to be ready to pull this off once the resin starts curing.

This video shows you how to do that:

Step 3:  Gather your supplies, including an artwork resin.

This needs to be a resin that mixes thick enough to stay on the surface of the painting.  You will also need mixing cups, stirring utensils, resin colors, and safety equipment like gloves, goggles, and a respirator.

Step 4:  Determine the amount of resin you need to cover the surface.

Don’t worry, Resin Obsession has done the heavy lifting for you.  Go to our resin volume calculator, input your dimensions, and the calculator will tell you how much resin you need to mix.

Step 5:  Elevate your painting surface and use a level to make sure it is even.

check levelness of board surface

Use shims as necessary to level the surface.

Step 6:  Mix the total amount of resin you need according to manufacturer instructions.

measuring two parts of resin

Color the resin as desired and apply it to your painting surface.

pouring resin into art

Pro tip:  Use a timer to help you keep track of the resin’s pot time.  It’s easy for time to get away from you, and before you know it, your resin is starting to cure, and you are nowhere near finished.

Step 7:  Use a heat gun to get out bubbles and push around the resin.

heat gun on resin

This pushing is what helps to make interesting designs and create cells in resin.

Step 8:  Cover your resin artwork to keep dust and hair particles off the resin while it is still wet.

putting a plastic cover over resin

Allow it to cure.

Pro tip:  Resins for artwork are generally cured enough by 24 hours that they can be moved but still may be dented with a finger.  At this point, you can move your resin painting to another area to finish curing and use the resin painting space for a new project.

Here’s a video of one of my favorite resin paintings that I’ve created:

What other questions do you have about how to make resin art?


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One Comment

Gail Wheeler Berish

How do I resin a small human bone(hip bone socket)? Would like it suspended in resin. Do I have to dry the bone(it’s in formaldehyde) in a special way?
Thank you


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