How to Resin a Photo – Great Alternative to Framing!
I have no idea why it took me so long to bring together my two passions: photography, and resin. Maybe I simply needed the right photo. I captured this one during the Annual Air Show in Toronto (where I live) and that I attend every year. The planes go so fast. I don’t usually bother trying to snap a pic, but sometimes I will point my phone towards the sky and click. That is how I captured this photo! Most photographers won’t admit that their favourite photo was 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)
• Epoxy resin for art
• A resin squeegee to spread the resin
• A heat gun to pop the bubbles
• A plastic container/bin (or something to cover and protect your project while it’s curing)
STEP 1: Edit the photo
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 like how it looks, you can send it to a photo shop for printing. 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.
STEP 2: Prep the back of the canvas
Turn over your canvas and add petroleum jelly or cooking oil to the underside. Resin drips won’t stick and you pop them off later.
STEP 3: Paint the sides
Paint the side of the canvas with whatever colour compliments your photo. I used acrylic silver paint for this one.
STEP 4: Glue the photo
Prop the wood canvas panel up (I used yellow painter triangles). Apply a thin layer of glue to the front of the canvas and 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.
STEP 5: Mix and apply resin
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!
STEP 6: Remove resin drips
The best time to remove the drips from the back is when they are partially cured. They easily pop off with a flick with tweezers. Be careful to protect the front as it won’t be fully cured yet.
Wait another twenty-four hours for the resin to cure completely. 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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