How To Resin Paint Marker

Posted on 09 Jul 10:10
Covering acrylic paint marker in a coat of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes paint marker artwork next level by allowing you to paint directly on cured resin layers, giving your artwork depth and a multi-dimensional look!

We love using our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin! It's so easy to paint on resin cured right in the panel, and because they feature a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain ArtResin, they make for a super easy pour with clean edges!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your paint marker piece will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • acrylic paint markers ( we used Uni Posca paint markers )
  • 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. We first need to determine how many layers we can pour and how much resin we will need for each layer. Simply enter the length and width of the panel into our Resin Calculator to determine how much ArtResin you'll need for a layer of resin 1/8" thick.  
  • For example, our ArtPanel is 12 x 12" and has a 1/4" raised lip. 
  • According to the Resin Calculator, each 1/8" layer requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener. ) 
  • Since the lip is 1/4" high, we know we can pour two 1/8" layers.  
Therefore, we will first pour a 1/8" base layer in our panel using 5 oz ArtResin.  When the base layer has cured, we'll apply our paint marker design and then finish it with a second 5 oz layer of ArtResin.







2. 
Wearing gloves, measure accurately 2.5 oz each 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.



3. 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. Read the blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for even more resin tips and techniques!
👉TIP: 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.  





4. 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.





5. 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.





6. After 24hrs has passed, your base layer will be dry to the touch and ready for your paint marker design!
👉TIP: Normally we would advise you to sand down a cured resin layer before you pour on a fresh coat of ArtResin. Sanding helps to create some tooth for the fresh resin layer to adhere to. In this case, the acrylic paint is providing tooth, therefore sanding is not necessary.  It's always best practice to sand down any unpainted areas of resin ( our entire resined surface was covered in paint marker, so sanding was not necessary in this instance. )





7.  Once your design is complete and has dried, you're ready to pour your second layer of ArtResin.  Exactly as you did for the first layer:

  • Measure accurately 2.5 oz each of resin and hardener. 
  • Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
  • Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. 






8. 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. 




9. 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.
 




10. 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.




 

11. 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: