How to Resin a Photo – Great Alternative to Framing!
I have no idea how it took me so long to bring together my two passions, photography, and resin! Maybe I simply needed just the right photo. This one was taken during the Annual Air Show in Toronto (where I live) and that I attend every year. The planes go sooooo fast and I don’t usually bother trying to snap a pic, but sometimes I will point my phone towards the sky and click away hoping something turns out. That is how this photo was taken! LOL! Most photographers won’t admit that their favourite photo was taken as a random snap towards the sky, but there it is. Here we are now learning how to cover it in resin!
You will need:
• A photo
• A wood canvas
• Paint (any colour)
• A foam brush
• Modge podge (or other thin glue)
• Wax Paper
• Painter Triangles (or something to prop up your project)
• An artwork epoxy resin
• A resin squeegee to spread the resin
• A heat gun (or other source to pop the bubbles, I use an Embossing Heat Tool)
• A plastic container/bin (or something to cover and protect your project while its curing)
Use a photo that has a high resolution (1 MB or higher ). You can edit it in photo editing software — there are a ton of free online sites you can use. For this photo, the only editing I did was to increase the shadows a little to give it more depth. Once you have it looking how you like, you can send it to a photo shop for printing or take it on a memory key to a photo shop and have it printed. I recommend you don’t go too big for this project. I am using an 8 inch by 10-inch photograph. You can also use an 8×8 or 10×10. These are nice sizes too, and they are square. The most important thing is that you have a wood canvas that is the same size!
To make the resin drops easier to remove later, turn over your canvas and add petroleum jelly or cooking oil to the underside. This way the resin won’t stick and you can just pop them off later.
Paint the side of the canvas with whatever colour compliments your photo. I used acrylic silver paint for this one.
Prop the wood canvas panel up (I used yellow painter triangles). Apply a thin layer of glue to the front of the canvas and gently place the photo onto the glue. I did not seal the photo or do anything to it and there was no staining. If you use a photo that you cut or alter in any way you may want to seal the sides to prevent the resin from staining the sides.
Start to press it down from the middle and work your way out. You don’t want to have any air bubbles. You can also put a piece of wax paper on top of the photo and press it down. This will help in keeping any glue that comes out of the sides from spilling onto the photo.
It was cold in my studio when I mixed my resin, and I should have put the resin bottles in a warm bath beforehand. (Learn more about this and other cold weather resin casting tips.) I whipped it up quite a bit while stirring so it is quite bubbly.
Use a squeegee to spread the resin.
Use a heating gun/embossing gun to pop the bubbles. Even with all the bubbles I created, I was able to get rid of all of them, but it took a few minutes. I checked back after 20 minutes and popped a few that had risen to the surface.
Cover to cure!
Twenty-four hours later, while mostly cured, this is the best time to pick off the little drips of resin from the back of the canvas. They easily pop off with just a flick with tweezers. Be careful to protect the front as it won’t be fully cured yet.
Wait another twenty-four hours for it to be more fully cured. It’s amazing how much the details of the photo pop with the resin. I’m hooked! Stay tuned for more!
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