Epoxy Resin Art has grown globally expanding its reach to households and is a fantastic hobby. It is the perfect choice if you want to create an aesthetically pleasing art piece, give a finishing touch to some projects, or preserve items for a particular memory.
What is Epoxy Resin Art?
Resin art uses epoxy resin using a mould, canvas to create an artistic piece, and to protect a completed artwork. The resin is mixed with a hardener, with added colours, inducing a chemical reaction and enables objects to be seen within the piece. Resin art is significantly used in making projects like:
- Keychains, Woodworking, beautiful canvas works, and paperweights.
- Jewelry making and other ornaments
- Coasters, ashtrays, countertops
- Decorative accents, and paint pouring art
- Geodes and flooring
There are three different forms based on cost and properties commonly used for crafts and DIY projects. Epoxy resin is a liquid form adhesive that exhibits a glossy look and dries clear. It is used as a primer and coating manufacture which works on flooring and countertops, plastics and paints, DIY projects, and art as a sealer.
The History and Modern Usage of Resin Art
The resin was historically utilized by humans for ceremonies, as a protective layer for certain things, a natural resin produced by some plants to protect themselves from insects, even producing some electricity. Contemporarily Resin Art is used to highlighting wall art canvas, a 3D scenery, or jewellery designing, mimic the appearance of other objects like rocks and crystals, etc. The availability of materials used in this art form is easily available internationally which allows new artists like you to venture into the skill.
Resin can withstand stress and strain and has an elasticity of 2.7GPa and a strength of 55.7 MPa. It is a perfect choice for building functional, preservative, and strong projects.
The materials that can be added to epoxy resins:
- Fresh flowers, Pigments, and dyes
- Glitter, Gold leaf, Pressed or artificial flowers
- Food colors, Beads, etc.
Popular surfaces that can be used to pour resins on:
Almost every kind of surface can be used to pour resins like:
- Metal, Wood, or Stone
- Concrete, Canvas, or Silicone molds
- Cookie cutters, or Silly putty
- Paper, or Textured tiles
The supplies that are needed for Epoxy Resin Art?
- Resin that is normally synthetically made and becomes durable when mixed with a hardener.
- Hardener to achieve the desired smooth look and to activate a chemical reaction without compromising the smoothness.
- The base of Choice could be a variety of molds like Domino Molds, Earrings Molds, Jewelry Box Molds in different shapes and sizes, Animal Molds, etc.
- Resin Pigments to add colors to your art, available in liquid and powder form.
- Decorative Items and tools
How to Create Epoxy Resin Art?
Decide the Project
The type of project that you have in mind will help you decide on the right materials, moulds, canvas, colour, and the material that the project will be based on.
Collect Your Materials
Forgetting an important tool while creating a Resin art can kill the creative momentum so always have your pre-requisites ready beforehand.
Prepare Your Area
You must consider the mess that Resin Art may create so prepare your space well taking protective measures for safety and cleanliness.
Create your mixture using Resin and Hardener
Using the right ratios, after going through the stated instructions, you must create your mixture of Resin and hardener.
To add the appropriate colours, you need to add pigments again in the ratio as stated on the label.
Prepare your Artwork
Now you can finally craft using the mixture entirely based on your preference using the materials that you gathered.
Let it Harden and finally, celebrate the beauty of your Artwork!
Normally it takes 72 hours of resting time for resin art to harden after which it can be thoroughly enjoyed by you and your loved ones.
Some Resin Projects that can be used by Beginners:
When you are finally comfortable initiating a project of Resin Art, you can try to create a piece of art using any one of the below-mentioned tips and techniques:
1. For A Glossy Impact
All you need is art paper, a canvas, and a durable resin mix to make for easy art. You can create your masterpiece after smoothening out the bubbles and edges with your finger and finally letting it dry for 24 hours.
2. Rocky Coast
You can use a silicone mat, and create an outline of a rock shape using a glue stick and gun. Several layers of Resin, rocks, and glitter can be applied to build up the edge. A few drops of acrylic paint in the colour of your choice can be added and finish the artwork with white paint. You can use a heat gun to remove air bubbles and blend colours. It needs 24 hours, to dry out and is a great alternative to protect your furniture.
3. Making Waves
Combine resin with a few drops of paint in light blue, teal, dark blue, and white and pour stripes or waves on a canvas. You must use your fingers to blend and pick the resin to make waves in continuity and to create the look of foam.
4. River Still Life
You can arrange for some aesthetic rocks and place them inside a lamp with a glass base and removable top. Add resin at the centre of the rocks to create an artificial bloom.
5. Resin Photo Art
Use this magnificent piece of art to preserve memories and pictures with abstract designs. You can use clear resin and a large family photo and trim it according to the resin mould. A heat gun (can be used to remove bubbles before letting it dry.
6. Floral Paper Weight
You just need resin, a bowl, and dried flowers to create a floral paperweight. Use a toothpick to “float” dried flowers in the resin and let them dry.
You need resin, ice cube trays, and a few drops of food colouring to create this sea-glass-inspired art that would reflect light and colour throughout the room in sunshine.
8. Other art pieces that you can create using Resin are:
- Resin Buttons
- Napkin Rings
- Cabinet and Door Knobs
- Picture Frame
Bonus Tip: Take care of your Safety
Although Epoxy resin is generally non-toxic, still it should be kept away from the mouth and hands. The material requires precaution from sunlight to keep it beautiful and is generally not heat resistant. If it comes in contact with the skin, it can easily be removed using any of the following:
- Waterless citrus-based hand cleaner
Epoxy Resin Art projects are sure to amaze people around you and can be used in making stunningly magnificent pieces of art. It gives beautiful and clear results ranging from simple designs to super extraordinary work. You must try a few artistic ensembles as discussed above and satisfy the inner artist within you!