How To Resin Flowers and Preserve Them?Posted on 16 Nov 14:58
In fact, ArtResin takes floral art next level - not only will it protect and preserve the natural beauty of flowers forever, but will give it a sleek and glossy finish that makes color absolutely POP!
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 floral art will go from good to gorgeous!
Let's get started ....
- 12 x 12" wooden art panel
- dried flower petals
- adhesive of your choice ( we used ModPodge )
- 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. Assemble your Flowers
There are several ways to dry flowers for resin:
Hanging upside down to dry:
This is by far the easiest method. You can dry whole flowers this way, but it takes a few weeks for flowers to dry completely. Be aware that you will lose the flower's vibrant color.
Pressing in a book:
This method is very easy and takes one to two weeks to dry thoroughly.
It works best for thin petals or leaves, but the color can also lose vibrancy.
Drying in silica gel:
You can buy silica gel at a craft store or online. This method takes up to a week and allows you to dry whole flowers. Preserves colour beautifully!
Using a microwave flower press:
Microwave flower presses are made of two wood, plastic or terracotta plates with cloth and wool pads in the center to absorb moisture. Takes literally minutes in a microwave and preserves color very well.
💡TIP: Whatever method you choose to dry your flowers, always make sure to allow plenty of space around each petal ( don't overlap ) so that the petals dry uniformly. Do not resin petals that are bruised, torn or bent as the resin may bleed into the petal at these points and cause dark, wet, spots.
We chose to use a microwave flower press for our petals.
Once you have your dried flowers assembled, you're ready to apply them to your wood panel. You may choose to draw a design outline directly onto the wood panel before you start ( as we did ) or you can simply freehand your design.
Either way, coat the panel with an adhesive of your choice ( we used ModPodge ) and carefully apply your petals, one by one.
When your collage is complete, seal it with a spray or brush on sealant ( we used some ModPodge thinned out with water and applied with a disposable foam brush.)
Once you've sealed your piece, allow it to sit and dry for at least 24hrs.
2. Calculate how much Resin you need
Next, 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" layer 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. Stir Thoroughly
Working in a well-ventilated area and 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 Resin
5. 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 Artwork
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:
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- How To Resin Alcohol Ink
- How To Resin Wood
- How To Resin Acrylic Paint
- How To Resin Paint Marker
- How To Resin A Paper Collage
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- How To Resin A Metal Print
- How To Resin Spray Paint
- How To Resin Modelling Clay
- How To Resin Charcoal
- How To Resin Mosaic
- How To Resin Marker
- How To Resin A Glossy Photo
- How To Resin ResinTint
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- How To Resin Pencil Crayon
- How To Resin Watercolor
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