How to use relief outliner paint in resin crafts

how to use relief outliner paintby Kate Ledum

how to use relief outliner paints

This is the first article of a two-part series.

Did you know you can use resin and relief outliner to create faux stained glass pieces without a mold?  I’m going to show you how to use the relief outliner paint to trace a drawing or image and fill it with resin.

Pebeo paint relief outliner

Pebeo makes a Relief Outliner which is similar to paints. These outliners can be used to create free form bezels. When you use the paints with a surface that resin doesn’t bond to, transparent, faux stained glass effects can be created.

outliner paint tips

The Relief Outliner is a pigmented paste that comes in several colours including gold, silver, and black. I’ve also seen other bright colours but don’t have any of those myself. The Outliner has a long tapered nozzle. The nozzle can be cut at various places to allow a thicker or thinner line. Pebeo also has replacement nozzles.

Step 1:  Choose a stamp

For this project, I am using a digital stamp from Sheepski Designs. The image is Baby Steps by Andrea Norris. In addition to being a resinista, I am also on the design team for Sheepski Design creating paper-related projects showcasing the digital stamps.

TIP: When choosing a stamp for a project like this, a stamp with clean, sharp lines without a lot of tiny detail is ideal.

baby feet image

I printed the digital stamp to the size I wanted for this project. Then, I used regular thin printer paper to print.  Next, I used a die-cut circle to surround the image so that I could have a contained space.

outliner paint setup

Step 2:  Tape to wax paper

To do the outlining, I taped the image to a flexible sheet. Since resin and the Outliner do not permanently bond to wax paper, I covered the project area with wax paper. Taping the wax paper down ensures it won’t move while outlining. A sheet of wax paper larger than the project allows for an easier working surface later.

TIP: Before using the Outliner to make your bezel, if you put a test line away from your project, you can use the test line to determine how dried the Outliner is.

using pebeo outliner paint

Step 3:  Outline the design

The outliner is a paste.  Squeeze slowly to create a thin line on the wax paper and follow the drawing. I work from the inside to the out to minimize accidentally brushing my hand through wet lines.

using outliner paint on paper

The Outliner dries fairly quickly in just a few minutes. You can stack a new line on a dry line to create a higher line.

creating a second, taller layer of paint

You can also add a line to the side of another to make a thicker line.

If you get a stray bit outside of the lines, you can use a toothpick to lightly scrape it away. Careful not to scratch a hole in the wax paper.

finished drawing with pebeo paint outliner

Step 4:  Let the paint fully dry

When the outlining is completed, you want a wall at least 3-4 lines high.

If the Outliner hasn’t dried completely, it will still bond with the resin, but it does make a stronger wall if it is fully dried.

Before pouring resin into the project, double-check the bottom of the walls to make sure they are fully touching the wax paper. If there are any gaps, the resin will seep out. You can put down an extra line at the bottom of the walls, especially the ones which divide colour areas or define the outer ring.

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Next, it’s time to fill the areas with resin to create a faux stained glass with resin.

What other questions do you have about how to use relief outliner paint?

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3 thoughts on “How to use relief outliner paint in resin crafts

  1. OMG this is Amazing!!!! What a brilliant product and what a brilliant way to use the product! I can’t wait to give this a try, I already have ideas bouncing around in my head!!!!

  2. I am fascinated by your Resin Obsession.
    Can one use your resin on glass ?
    If yes, can one fuse the glass afterwards – tack fusion? Half fusion? Full fusion?
    Thank you

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