What if I told you there are three ways to be better at epoxy resin that have nothing to do with your current skill level? In fact, artists at any part of their journey can implement these resin tips to help themselves be better with their next resin project. The good news is that none of these are difficult, but they do require a commitment from you, the artist.
Make it happen
You need to get over your fear of making mistakes. Or bad art. Or that no one will like it. Tell that voice in your head that insists you are wasting time and supplies that this is a chance for you to review and master your techniques. I can guarantee you that if you don’t take the step of making art —then making more — you will never be good at it. Sure, you are going to make blunders. If you are a beginner, I can almost guarantee that you will not like your first resin project. or even your second. And maybe not even your tenth. For those of you experienced with epoxy resin, it’s hard to want to try something new, especially when you get good at it. What if I fail? What if I embarrass myself?
I can undoubtedly tell you that I have learned so much more from my resin failures than any of my successes. If you never try, how will you ever find a place you will feel comfortable as a finish? And by the way, I never throw away my mistakes. Here are eight things you can do with your resin mistakes.
Find fifteen minutes a day
Save fifteen minutes of every day and devote it to your resin skills. Yes, I know that fifteen minutes isn’t enough to get your supplies out, much less mix and pour the resin. So, what can you do with your fifteen minutes to get you closer to reaching your resin goals? Here are some ideas:
*Seal items you want to include in your next resin casting. They will be dry and ready for resin when you have more time to use it.
*Research color scheme ideas for your next resin painting. You can easily do this on Pinterest.
*Watch a Resin Obsession YouTube video. Almost all of our videos are under 15 minutes!
*Sketch out design ideas for your next project.
*Research fashion and interior design blogs to see what the hot new trends are.
In other words, even a few minutes a day will get you closer to your goal of being an accomplished resin artist.
Do some projects for yourself
In the beginning, resin was a way for me to have fun and express creativity. I didn’t have to worry about making money from my craft as a way to support myself. It was simply a chance for me to learn a new artistic skill. As I got more adept at resin, I began a productive art show and wholesale career where I sold my resin jewelry. While I was thrilled to be able to make a business selling my resin wares, one of the biggest mindset shifts I faced was focusing on creating art based upon what others wanted, not necessarily what I wanted.
When I started my resin painting series two years ago, I took it back to basics and made it all about creating resin art for me. There isn’t the pressure of ‘will this sell?’ or ‘will the customer like it?’ While I’m incredibly grateful for the chance that having a resin jewelry business provided me, I’m even more delighted to have the opportunity to make art that feeds my creativity, not necessarily feeds my family.
Give yourself permission to make art that only has to make you happy. What epoxy resin projects do you want to explore? Find a way to work on them.
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