How To Resin Alcohol Ink

Posted on 06 Jul 14:13
Covering alcohol ink on yupo paper with a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes alcohol ink artwork next level, giving it a glossy finish and deeply saturating the colours to make them pop! 

We love using our wood Art Panels here at ArtResin - it's so easy to mount your work as we did, and because the panel's raised lip is specifically designed to contain resin, they make for a super easy pour, with no chance of overflowing!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your alcohol ink painting will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 




Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • an alcohol ink on yupo paper painting to fit the panel 
  •  ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Complete your alcohol ink painting on yupo paper. Ensure your painting is completely dry before you apply your resin coat. If necessary, trim your artwork to size and mount it onto the wood art panel using a glue stick or spray adhesive.
👉TIP: For best results, place a piece of paper on the surface of your print to protect it and s
mooth it out with your hands or a brayer to ensure that it's evenly mounted, with no air pockets.






A Note On Sealing:

There are certain cases when sealing your work prior to resining is required:
when applying ArtResin over soft or low quality paper, for example, that may absorb the resin.
If in doubt or for peace of mind, you can never go wrong erring on the side of caution and sealing your artwork first. For this particular project, however, it's not necessary to seal alcohol ink on yupo paper before applying ArtResin for a couple of reasons. Here's why:

  • ArtResin is a sealant. ArtResin is unlike most epoxy resins on the market because it was formulated by artists, specifically for artwork. Alcohol ink is prone to fading, but because we included 2 different types of light stabilizers, ArtResin offers unparalleled protection against UV damage and slows down fading, discolouration and yellowing. You can read more about our proprietary blend of UV light stabilizers in the blog What Are The Benefits Of ArtResin?
  • Yupo paper won't absorb resin.  Sealing is recommended for soft or low quality papers that can absorb ArtResin, leaving dark spots or causing ink or paint to bleed. Yupo paper, however, is synthetic and water-resistant - it won't absorb ArtResin, but rather will allow it to sit on top. ArtResin should not cause your alcohol inks to bleed, as long as your work is completely dry. As always, test your materials with ArtResin on a scrap piece first, so you know exactly what results to expect.
  • Sealing the wood panel. Being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.    




2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a 12 x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10 oz total resin ( 5 oz resin and 5 oz hardener ).

 



3. 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.





4. 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!







5. 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. 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. 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. 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: