How To Resin Flowers

Posted on 16 Nov 14:58
Coating flower petal artwork in ArtResin is easy! 

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 our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin. You can apply your flower petals and coat them directly in the panel - with a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain resin, our Wood Art Panels make for an 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 .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • dried flower petals
  • adhesive of your choice ( we used ModPodge )
  • brush
  • 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. First, assemble your flowers.  You want to make sure your flower petals are completely dried before you resin them: any remaining moisture may cause them to decompose once covered in resin. 



There are several ways to dry flowers:

  • 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.

💡TIP: being an organic material, flower petals may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. Pre-sealing with a spray or brush-on sealant is a good precaution to help to prevent bubbles. We used ModPodge, but as it is so thick, we chose to thin it out with a bit of water so that it wouldn't damage the fragile petals.  






2. 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. 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 spreader. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to spread. 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: