Ready to paint with resin? Woo hoo! Creating epoxy art is so much fun. I think what I love about it the most is throwing caution to the wind and letting the resin take over. If you’re unsure what you need, here’s the list of resin art supplies I use when I get creative. By the way, look for a link to a downloadable list at the end of this article so you can have it handy as you shop!
Of course, you’re going to need resin, but which one?
For making resin art, you will need an epoxy doming resin. This resin formula mixes thick and evenly levels after pouring it on a surface. You will have about 30 minutes to work with this formula once the resin and hardener are combined, so you will need to be ready to pour it once it’s mixed.
Best resin for painting
*Mixes 1:1 by volume
*Mix 3 Ounces to 1 gallon at once
*Twenty to thirty-five minute working time
*Contains UV additives to protect against yellowing
Here’s what else I love about this resin art epoxy, it takes colors amazingly! Of course, you can keep it clear, but what’s the fun in that when painting with resin?!
Let’s face it. The real excitement with resin painting is getting resin colors as a part of your art supplies. You will get the best results using colors specially formulated to color resin. They won’t impact curing and maintain their colors once the resin dries.
You can use any colors you want to give your resin a vibrant hue. Here are my favorites:
Opaque resin colors
Ten beautiful shades you can mix together to create new colors
Transparent resin colors
Mimic jewel tones and ocean colors
Metallic resin colors
Add a subtle shimmer and shine to your resin
What about using acrylic paints, eye shadows, and other household items to color resin? In a nutshell, the answer is maybe. Acrylic paints are water-based, which isn’t the best for resin curing. (Resin hates water!) Also, eye shadows don’t always dissolve easily, especially if they are old. I don’t want to discourage you from trying them, but simply expect that things might not turn out exactly the way you hoped.
It wouldn’t be much of a resin painting if you didn’t have a surface as a part of your art supplies! Anything that has a flat surface can work for your resin painting. That means you can use wood boards, canvases, and MDF boards. You can even use tiles and vinyl records! This article goes into more detail about resin painting surfaces and helps you choose the right one for you.
Resin mixing supplies
I use mixing cups with graduates lines to precisely measure the volume of resin and hardener I need for my project.
These plastic stirring sticks are great because they are reusable! Yep. Simply wipe them clean after using them so you can save them for another time. Plus, because they’re plastic and not wood, you don’t have to worry about them introducing bubbles into your resin.
If you want to create cells in your resin art, you are going to need supplies to ‘disrupt’ the resin to help it separate from other colors. This can be acetone, alcohol, or silicone oil. You don’t want to add more than a few drops per ounce of mixed resin; otherwise, curing can be impacted. This article goes into more details on how to make cells in resin art.
Safety tip: Because acetone and alcohol are flammable, be careful if you are using a torch, not a heat gun, to go over your resin painting surface. You don’t want to start a fire.
Because resin is going to make a mess as it drips off the side of your paintings, you want to cover your painting surface with something to protect it from the resin. A painter’s tarp or a dollar store plastic shower curtain works great for this purpose. And if you severely mess them up, just throw them away.
While your resin dries, you need to keep dust and hair off the surface. Even if you don’t see any, it will be floating in the air and can land on your piece. I like to use a large plastic storage bin, but you can also use a large box or plastic swimming pool to do this.
You will need plastic cups (or something similar) to elevate your painting substrate while you paint.
Once your surface is lifted on the cups, you will need a level to make sure the surface is … well … level. If you don’t, your resin could run to one side and not cover evenly.
I like to use a heat gun for my heat source. Not only does it do a great job of pushing resin around and popping bubbles, I don’t have to worry about it starting a fire like you do with a torch. This is especially important if you’re using flammable liquids like acetone or alcohol to make your cells in resin.
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