This is the first article of a two-part series.
Resin and relief outliner can be used to create faux stained glass pieces without a mold. Use the relief outliner to trace a drawing or image and fill it with resin.
Pebeo makes a Relief Outliner designed to be used with their mixed media products which are similar to paints. These Outliners can be used to create free form bezels. When combined with a surface that resin doesn’t bond to, transparent, faux stained glass effects can be created.
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.
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: For faux stained glass, a line drawing with clean sharp lines without a lot of tiny detail is ideal.
The image I am using is called Baby Steps, but I see it as barefeet on a sandy beach with sky overhead. I might just have been longing for summer in the chilly wet Spring of BC, Canada.
I printed the digital stamp to the size I wanted for this project. I used regular thin printer paper to print. I also used a die cut circle to encompass the image, to have a contained space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
Next, it’s time to fill the areas with resin.
Stay tuned for part two as Kate pours resin to create the stained glass look!
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