We love using wooden art panels here at ArtResin - you can mount your artwork and pour your resin directly on the panel! Some panels even have a raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges.
Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your collage artwork will go from good to gorgeous!
Let's get started ....
- A 12 x 12" wooden art panel, painted or stained as desired
- construction paper (or collage piece to fit the panel)
- a glue stick
- ArtResin epoxy resin
- A pair of nitrile gloves, a stir stick and spreader
- a level
- a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines
- a mixing container
- a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
- an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries
1. Tear or cut your paper in strips or shapes
Using construction paper, tear or cut your paper in strips or shapes as desired. Mount the paper, gluing one by one with a glue stick, directly onto the wooden panel to create your paper collage.
2. Apply Sealant
Apply sealant of choice: you can use a spray sealant or a brush-on sealant like ModPodge as we did. Allow sealant to dry thoroughly.
A Note On Sealing:
We always recommend testing your particular materials out with ArtResin on a scrap piece so you know exactly what to expect before you resin your final project. There are certain cases, however, when sealing your work prior to resining is required ....
Sealing over low quality paper
Sealing over loose material
Sealing the wood panel
3. Calculate how much Resin you need
Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
4. Stir Thoroughly
Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go.
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.
5. Pour the Resin
Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!
6. Use your Torch
Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times.
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.
6. Final Check of your Piece
Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out.
7. Cover your Resin Art
With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.
8. Wait 24 Hours
After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark. At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.
We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including: