Which resin do you use for resin art?

which resin do you use for resin artSo, you want to create resin art. Awesome! But with so many choices out there, you’re worried about choosing the wrong one and getting less than perfect results.  How do you know which resin to use?

You need to use an epoxy resin

For projects like this, using an epoxy resin is key. You may see other kinds out there like polyester and polyurethane, but you do not want to use these for your resin art projects. These resins are meant to be poured into open space with sides, like molds, and are not suitable for making resin art.

Can I use any epoxy to make resin art?

Unfortunately, no. Some epoxy resins are meant for casting. These epoxy resins, like the polyurethane and polyester resins mentioned above, mix thin, like water. They will quickly run off a resin painting surface. Even if you create a barrier to keep the resin on the surface, they will not self-level to create an evenly uniform surface.

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If you don’t use a casting resin, what resin should you use?

Instead of a casting resin, you want to use a doming resin. These resins mix thicker (think syrup), which makes it easier for them to self-level over a surface. This self-leveling aspect is pretty important. If you don’t use the right one to create your art, you may have a resin painting with holes and voids in it, which you have to fix later.

If all this still sounds weird to you, this resource will help: the difference between casting resins and doming resins.

So, we’ve got it down to an epoxy resin in a doming formula. Is there anything else to know?

Yes! When choosing the best resin for art, there are a few other things you need to know.

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You need to choose a resin for art that you can mix in large volumes and will give you a long enough work time.

Why do you need a resin that you can mix in large volumes? Well, unless you are working on super small projects, you are going to need a resin that you can combine several ounces to gallons at one time. You don’t want to be in the middle of your project only to have to stop and mix more resin.

Using a resin with a long working time is great because you want to have enough time to mix the resin, pour it into your surface, then work it with something like a heat gun for resin to create exciting designs. To be able to do all this, you will need a resin with a 30 minute, or longer, pot time.

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Is resin UV protection important?

It sure is! When deciding which resin you use for art, you want to be sure it contains additives to protect against yellowing. This will ensure your resin stays beautiful for a long time.

What about resin safety? How do you know if you are using a safe resin?

There are lots of resin for art on the market, and not all of them are safe to use. When choosing one, you want to use a formula that conforms to ASTM D4236.

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That sounds complicated.  What does mean?

This means the formula meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the resin can be safely used for arts and crafts purposes when used as directed.

By the way, if you are wondering which resin you use for resin art and come across a formula promoted for this purpose, but without the certification, not only is the resin not safe to use, but the company is breaking the law by selling it to you for art purposes. Resin safety is something you need to take seriously so you can use resin for a very long time.

Now that you know all this, which resin do you use for resin art?

Resin Obsession has a high-quality epoxy resin specifically designed for all levels of resin creators to be the best epoxy resin for resin art.


What makes this epoxy resin so awesome to work with?

• Mixes 1:1 by volume. You don’t need an expensive scale to get your resin and hardener accurately measured
• Self-leveling formula. Mix the resin and apply it to your artwork surface. It does the hard work of getting it even for you!
• Get up to 35 minutes of working time
• Contains UV protectants to guard against yellowing
• Formula reviewed by a board-certified, Ph.D. toxicologist and determined to be safe for use for art (and craft!) purposes in any location – home studios, school art classes, and everywhere in between!

What if you want to color this resin?

No problem! We have a large selection of transparent, opaque, and metallic colors for resin to help you get the results your artistic resin deserves.

What else should you know about choosing a resin to create art?

I’m so glad you asked!  It’s why I wrote the PDF ebook Resin Fundamentals.  I share the essential details you need to know to create resin art that will have people saying, ‘Wow, you made that?’  Buy now and get the email link to download your copy in minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Which resin do you use for resin art?

    1. Hi Ann, if you are working on a surface that won’t accept the primer, it sounds like you need to sand it first to rough it up.

  1. Would a doming type epoxing be suitable for coating a sculpture made of wax string, in order to make it hard and durable? I have no experience in this matter, and want to avoid wasting time and money. Any advise you may have is appreciated.

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