Want to give your artwork a glossy finish all while magnifying the details? Perfect. Then you’re going to love epoxy resin. Here are the steps of how to resin a painting.
Step 1: Prepare your resin
For a project like this, you’ll need a doming resin. These resins mix thick, allowing them to evenly coat surfaces and give a smooth, shiny finish.
For giving a clear coat to your projects, you’ll love the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin. It gives a glass-like finish to photographs, paintings, tiles and tumblers.
Step 2: Elevate the painting
You need to lift your artwork off your surface by at least an inch because resin will drip over the side.
And while we’re talking about resin dripping, you’ll want to cover your table with plastic or a silicone mat. That way, you’ll be able to clean up your mess easily.
Step 3: Level the surface
Because you want your resin to be even, you need to make sure the painting surface is level. Use a level from the hardware store. There are even smartphone apps you can use.
Step 4: Decide how much resin you need
You want enough resin to coat the surface without wasting any. Input your height and width into our resin calculator and it tells you how much resin you need.
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Step 5: Measure and mix the resin
Follow your resin kit‘s directions. In the case of the crystal doming resin, it mixes one part A to one part B by volume.
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Step 6: Cover the surface of the painting
Once the resin is fully mixed, you want to cover the surface of your painting. Use your resin stirring stick to push the resin over your painting’s surface.
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Step 7: Pop bubbles
After the resin is over your painting surface, go over it with a heat gun to pop bubbles. Once the bubbles are gone, cover the painting with a cover. Let your resin cure for at least 24 hours.
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Once done, your painting will have a glossy finish over the top. The clear resin also magnifies your art’s details. You can hang it as is or put it in a frame.
Here’s a demo of how to resin a painting:
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