Meanwhile, on today's Memory Lane ....
Our dashing hero Dave visits the Art Resin HQ in Texas ...
only to discover that the office walls are .... BARE!
Acting quickly, Dave secures the ONLY piece of art in the building
... a Pilot presentation plaque belonging to Whitney, Art Resin's chemist and formulator.
What will Dave DO?
Will our fearless flyboy get the plaque resined and returned to its rightful place on Whitney's wall?
WATCH TO FIND OUT!!
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Most of us have been on Pinterest ... and have seen something crafty and beautiful and thought to ourselves ....
I CAN TOTALLY DO THAT!!
Enter the Epic Pinterest Fail.
And we even made a Video Friday about it ... because we're not afraid to say we tried!
... and failed.
After all, isn't that what art and artists are all about?
Trying, experimenting, and trying again.
So we're still giving ourselves A for Effort ;)
Do you have an Epic Pinterest Fail?
Care to share?
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Knick Knacks with Mack - How To Make The Coolest Halloween Lights!
Join Mack as she creates superspooky Halloween lights using tinted ArtResin!
ArtResin is the perfect non-yellowing, high gloss clearcoat for artwork,
but DID YOU KNOW ... it's also an awesome medium for crafting?
- AND its non-toxic formula makes it safe for kids to use ( with adult supervision, of course )
- AND even cooler, ArtResin can be tinted!
** WATCH FOR OUR NEW RESINTINTS - LAUNCHING SOON! **
You can also use pigment, acrylic, ink or dye ( although dye can fade over time )
- simply drop the color into the resin mixture and stir well for an all over saturated color, or drop it into spread-out resin and watch the cool effects!
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Q: Can I use ArtResin on aluminum prints?
A: YES YOU CAN! It's easy and will look incredible!!
Metal aluminum prints are beautiful to start with, but when you add in super clear and super high gloss ArtResin, it'll really saturate the colors and make it look like a million bucks!
ArtResin is the best epoxy resin for using over your artwork:
- it's the clearest Epoxy Resin on the planet
- it stays crystal clear ( nearly all the other ones yellow! We've tested them all! )
- there are no fumes or VOCs so you never have to compromise your health for your art. Win Win!!
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These days, Mister E is based in Miami, where his colorful money-inspired work is catching some serious attention from celebrities, art institutions and collectors. He has made a conscious decision to create only original works of art - you won't see any Mister E prints, t-shirts or swag.
He has also created a studio, the FactorE - a 10 000 sq foot warehouse for artists.
Check out the video to see Mister E coating one of his pieces in clear, non-yellowing ArtResin epoxy resin, and visit his website at http://www.mistereart.com
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Here's a quick and easy video on how to clean your tools after using ArtResin!
This video is part of our Video Friday series featuring Dave's handy tips and a catchy but awful theme song that may get stuck in your head. :)
To clean your tools, just wipe them off with a paper towel and set them down on a silicone mat (resin pulls off cleanly from silicone and won't stick whatsoever). If you want to do a more thorough cleaning job, get some rubbing alcohol, pour it on a paper towel or cloth, and wipe down the tools again. Then wash with hand soap and hot water. This works for plastic stir sticks, epoxy resin spreaders and mixing cups.
Though you should always wear gloves when working with ArtResin, from time to time you may get some resin on your skin. In this instance, simple hand soap and hot water will work, or you can use that orange soap that is marketed towards construction workers. It's a manly exfoliating soap that'll also do a good job in cleaning up resin. Use it with DRY hands, then wipe it off, and then use soap and water. That's all it takes! Cleaning up is easy. :)
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We recently put out a survey to 10,000 contacts on our mailing list, and the results were super interesting. One thing we were told again and again in the survey results is that you want to know...
How to address the edges of your ArtResin masterpieces?!?!
Let's dive into that question in detail, right now!
WE WILL BE MAKING A DETAILED VIDEO DEMONSTRATING THIS BLOG CONTENT SOON (it'll be available on our YouTube channel HERE).
...In the meantime, you may want to check out this less detailed video we made on finishing edges (it's already uploaded, no waiting!) :)
Here we suggest 5 unique ways to handle liquid resin over a vertical surface, such as the edge of a canvas or wooden panel. Which way is best? It's completely a matter of preference, both from a process and a final product perspective. Try out each technique, give them a little practice, and then you be the judge.
1) LET THE RESIN RUN OVER THE EDGE/DOWN THE SIDES AND RUB IT IN
This is probably the easiest technique, and therefore Dave's favorite method. Simply let the ArtResin run over the outermost edges of your piece and down the sides, and then rub it in and smooth it out with a gloved hand. Before you apply any resin however, it is a good idea to tape off the underside of the piece so that the drips that collect on the bottom will pull right off with the tape. Oh, and make sure your work is raised off the table when you are using this technique so you don't glue it down to the table permanently.
This technique yields an unpolished finished look, which some people may like and some (i.e. perfectionists) may not. To make it a little more polished looking, you could try smoothing it again and again after 15 minute intervals, and quickly running a torch over the sides to thin and smooth the ArtResin out.
Finally, pull off the tape on the underside within 24 hours for the least amount of headache.
2) CREATE A DAM WITH TAPE
When we first started to resin our artwork, we masked off the edges with strong wide tape, leaving a ridge above so that it created a low barrier for the wet resin to pool in. This techniques works great, especially if you use duct tape a few times around, folded over on itself so that the non-sticky side also faces in where the ridge is. One artist who routinely employs this technique, Josie Lewis, suggests using metal venting tape that can be found in any hardware store. It's more expensive but the results justify the cost.
In 4-6 hours after you've poured your ArtResin, pull off the tape. Timing is critical here to because this is when the resin has set up but is still flexible; you'll be able to pull the tape off with minimal issues at this point in time. You will be able to pull it off the next day as well, but it will take a bit more elbow grease.
Once you pull the tape off, you'll notice the resin has formed a meniscus—you know, where it curves up a bit around the perimeter due to surface tension—so you will have this little curve to clean up afterward.
If you have the right tools, like a router table and bits, you can cut the top edges at a 45 degree angle for a really professional finish. Have a look at other options available for router bits too, such as these:
Alternatively, in the absence of a router table, you could simply use an X-acto knife with a new sharp blade and run it along the meniscus before the resin is 24 hours old (when it is still soft enough for a knife to go through it somewhat easily). Just like anything, take your time, have patience and practice, and you'll wind up with a pleasing result.
3) TRIM THE EDGES WITH A TABLE SAW
This is the most professional looking way to finish your edges, but it requires a table saw. We invested in one just for this reason! If you don't have one, you could always ask your neighbor to borrow theirs! :)
This method also requires that you are working on wooden panels as opposed to canvas.
Start by taping off the edges as outlined above in #2. Once resin is cured, you can machine it, meaning you can cut it and drill it with power tools without concern. So, set up your table saw and lock the guide into place so the artwork will run smoothly along the table at the perfect spot. Trim off a blade's width around the perimeter, sawing through the resin + artwork + wooden support combined. The resin will cut cleanly at a perfect 90 degrees and you will be able to see a lovely cross-section side of the resin. The wood will be showing as the finished edge, or you can paint it as desired.
4) SAND IRREGULAR CURED RESIN AND THEN PAINT
This technique is fairly self-explanatory. Resin your artwork, allowing it to fall over the edges. Once it has cured for at least 24 hours, use a power hand sander to make the edges perfectly smooth, then paint the edges whatever color you like (we suggest black!).
5) DOME THE ARTRESIN, AVOIDING THE SIDES ALTOGETHER
Unlike many epoxy resins, ArtResin domes up beautifully at the edge of wherever it's applied, meaning it creates a soft curve between the surface of the artwork up to the natural level height of the resin. Doming is easy to achieve, it just takes a bit of patience. By pouring the ArtResin in the center of your piece and working slowly outward, the resin is viscous enough to only go where you guide it, so you can just guide it out to the very edge of the artwork without going over the edge. Then paint the edge whatever color you like.
This technique looks very professional, and is my personal favourite way to do edges. It should be noted however that this will only work on wooden panels where the edges form a sharp 90 degree corner.
I hope this helps all of you who said you wanted more info on finishing your edges!
Anyone out there have other ideas for finishing edges? I'd love to hear them and add them to this blog!! :D
What do you LOVE about fall?
The changing colors of the leaves?
Pumpkin Spice Everything?
In this how-to video below, Joanne walks us through a fun (and functional) fall craft: making napkin holders out of ArtResin and leaves... so you can bring the beautiful fall colors to your Thanksgiving table.
Watch the video here!
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Check out our massive FAQ for tips and techniques on working with epoxy resin!
Here's a question we're asked on a routine basis...
"How do you pack ArtResined artwork for shipping?!"
Even though we do address this question in the 'Tips' section of our FAQ, we thought it'd be worthwhile to answer it with a video as well.
Check it out!
So, to summarize!
* Do NOT put plastic packing materials (such as bubble wrap) directly on the surface of your cured epoxy resin surface. It can leave marks that are very difficult to remove! Ahhh!
* Instead, Glassine art paper is a wonderful solution. You can buy it in sheets, packs or rolls at the art store or on Amazon. It's not necessarily cheap, however we definitely recommend investing in your shipping materials, considering your artwork is valuable and special!! You could also try using butcher paper... it is cheaper but not very professional looking.
* Once you have a barrier, Glassine or otherwise, add padding on top. Good padding options include: poly foam, cloths, canvas, sheets, towels, cardboard, bubble wrap. Do what you need to do to cushion your piece appropriately.
* Then box and send. Just like that :)
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From time to time we are asked, "Why is ArtResin more expensive than X brand of epoxy resin?" Good question.
In short, ArtResin performs in ways that no other epoxy resin does, namely in terms of non-yellowing and safety: ArtResin is unique in that (1) it preserves your art by staying clear, and (2) it preserves your health by not emitting toxic fumes.
Allow us to elaborate...
1. Third-party testing demonstrates ArtResin's longterm non-yellowing superiority
Images courtesy of ATLAS Labs
The above data from Atlas Labs shows the results of accelerated weathering on 17 different epoxy resin samples. Accelerated weathering testing (ASTM E1131) involves full exposure to outdoor UV light (in this case under the Arizona sun) in order to speed up the resins' natural yellowing process to understand how they can be expected to perform over time under normal (i.e. indoor) conditions. The data demonstrates that ArtResin is the clearest product of all those surveyed, with virtually no visible change detected to the naked eye and only marginal quantifiable change observed via a spectrophotometer after 8 weeks.
How is it that ArtResin is the clear winner?
We use only the highest grade raw materials and we test each one for purity before introducing them into a batch of product. Doing so allows us to achieve exceptionally clear (i.e. as clear as water) resin and hardener from the outset. Additionally, we utilize a proprietary blend of specialized light stabilizing additives in our ArtResin formula to maintain its unparalleled clarity. Whereas some resin brands will advertise that they include a UV stabilizer, a simple UV stabilizer alone will not prevent yellowing but merely delay it by 6 months to a year under normal conditions.
2) ArtResin contains no VOCs, no fumes, and is safe for home use
Whereas most (if not all) epoxy resins on the market are highly toxic, ArtResin contains no VOCs, no fumes, is classified as non-hazardous, non-flammable, and experiences zero shrinkage. The reason for this is simple: we use only the highest quality raw materials and absolutely no cheap fillers, non-reactive diluents or solvents. The result is that everything in our formula reacts together upon being catalyzed, forming strong complete bonds. Whereas most commercial resins include fillers to stretch the material and drive the cost down, we recognize the downside to these, that there is a high cost to consumer health and the longevity of the resin if fillers are used. When fillers and diluents are used, there is nothing for these materials to bond to in the chemical reaction, so harmful materials called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are released from the mixture into the air. It's for this reason that most epoxy resins are required to have explicit warning labels on their packaging and require the use of a respirator/protective gear, so users avoid breathing in these noxious fumes/VOCs. Additionally, cheap fillers are often flammable and cause shrinkage in the cured resin product—again, ArtResin experiences none of these issues. For this reason, ArtResin has been certified by an ASTM board-designated toxicologist as conforming to ASTM D4236 standards, meaning it is considered safe for home use.
ArtResin has been designed specifically to meet the needs of creative applications.
There are all kinds of epoxy resin products on the market that fulfill certain areas of need; for example, other brands tout their adhesive strength, 5 minute cure time, low cost, etc. As artists, we tried many of these resin products while searching for an ideal resin product to use on our artwork... only to realize it didn't exist at the time. ArtResin was developed in response to the limitations (from an artist's perspective) of these other brands—it was created to offer the longterm non-yellowing performance and non-toxic advantages that artists want for their work.
In addition, we have artists on staff who are available to help you with all your creative questions. We provide the BEST resin and best service, inspire ideas and entertain!
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If you are already an ArtResin customer, thank you! Please share this information with your colleagues and clients, to instil confidence in the longevity of their purchases.
If you have not used ArtResin, we hope we've given you two great reasons here to encourage you to give it a try!
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