Professional Artists Share Their Favorite Resin Tips

Over the years, ArtResin has been used by artists across the world to enhance their art with a gorgeous, glossy finish.  Drawing from their wealth of experience, we reached out to some of these artists and asked them to share their favorite resin tips.  

Whether you're brand new to epoxy resin or simply looking for some good advice, we hope their insights will help you make the most of this versatile and beautiful art medium in your own work.

Here's what they shared with us ...



Alexandra Squire

Alexandra Squire Art
Washington, DC area

Alexandra Squire works with acrylics and resin, and is an
 expert at blending and layering. 
Alexandra's artwork features an elegant, minimalist style that carries depth and complexity through its rich color and texture.


Alexandra's Resin Tips:
  • Show restraint with heat and don’t over torch. I tend to just do a quick once over with my torch and then use a toothpick to get any bubbles I missed. 

  • When mixing by hand, I like to transfer the mix into another bucket after a few minutes of stirring. This really mixes the resin and saves time. 

  • I use a space heater to maintain the perfect temperature for the resin. The heater is set at 70°F degrees. 

  • Patience! I had to really learn this. Sometimes you can do everything right and it just doesn’t work out. Keep going and try again. 

💡 Learn more about how Alexandra turned her lifelong passion for art into a full time career in our blog Alexandra Squire Is Our Instagram Winner!



Alexis Puleio

Alexis Art Productions, LLC
Naples, FL
Based in Naples, Florida, artist Alexis Puleio draws inspiration from the beautiful Gulf coastline where she lives. She brings her love of nature to the canvas in the form of her stunning aerial seascapes.

Alexis' Resin Tips:
  • My first tip is to mist the room down with a water spray bottle before I work, so that it will capture the dust floating in the air and settle it to the floor. This removes a lot of dust from the air that would normally settle into my curing pieces. I also like to turn the AC off when I work so that it doesn’t kick on and start blowing any dust particles around.

  • My next tip is to tape the back of you art pieces with painters tape before you get started. Once you lay your tape down, then you can use the back of a spoon to burnish the tape securely onto your board. This tape will catch your resin drips while it cures. Once it’s cured, you take a heat gun and lightly heat up the tape on the backside,  and the drips will just peel right off. It’s like magic!

  • I also say don’t be afraid to bring some big tools into the studio! Adding a large paint & mortar bit to a drill makes the perfect mixer for large batches of resin! 

  • Lastly, I like to seal my wood boards with GAC 100 before I get started. The GAC 100 not only acts like a sealer on the back to prevent any moisture to the wood, but also prevents any wood induced discoloration to occur to my tinted resin.

💡 Watch Alexis create her beautiful seascapes at her Naples studio in our video ArtResin Featured Artist: Alexis Puleio.

Callen Schaub

Callen Schaub
Montreal, QC

Callen Schaub uses trapezes, pendulums, and spinning machines to create large, colorful, and thought provoking abstract acrylic paintings.  He openly shares his painting process with viewers and inspires fans everywhere to participate in his "Fake Art" movement. With paintings hanging in collections across the globe, Callen continues to make the world a more colorful place, one artwork at a time.

Callen's Resin Tips:
  • Spray the air with a water mister just before you begin to pour your resin. This will remove any floating partials in the air. 

  • Build/set up a sealed off plastic area to secure a totally clean zone to pour your resin and have it cure safely. 

  • Make sure your room is nice and warm for the resin ideal curing temperature and be sure there is no unnecessary air movement from fans or heaters that could blow hair or dust into your artwork while curing. 

  • Wear a hair net and lint free clothes, ideally a paint suit. 

  • Put on some tunes that you enjoy that also help you keep track of ideal mixing duration and resin working window. That way you can rock out while you are applying your resin while also keeping track of relevant time frames. 

💡 Watch Callen creating art with his incredible spinning machine in our video Meet Spin Artist Callen Schaub.

Frances Katz

Blueberry Glitter
Columbus, OH

Frances Katz layers acrylic paint, watercolour, ink, glitter, and resin to create playfully abstract paintings.  Her large-scale pieces are designed to reflect the ambient light in a room, allowing the artwork itself to become a source of illumination.

Frances' Resin Tips:
  • Mix resin well - work smarter and not harder! I use a drill attachment to mix my resin so that I get an evenly mixed resin pour every time.  These are available on Amazon for a reasonable price and will save you lots of elbow grease. Here is a link:

  • I use a cheap craft sponge to spread resin over my canvas, while maintaining enough control to get the art resin from edge to edge.

  • Wait 15 minutes after the resin has been poured, and then fire up your heat gun to get rid of bubbles for the perfect glass like layer of resin!

💡 Learn more about Frances' beautiful abstract pieces in our blog @blueberryglitter Is Our Instagram Winner!

David Santiago

St Jame Art
Albuquerque, NM

David specializes in female portraiture, using a range of mediums including acrylic, charcoal, pastel, ink, gold leaf, makeup, and resin to create faces and forms on wood panels. David often incorporates LED lights to embed hidden constellations within the freckles of his portraits.

David's Resin Tips:

  • Measure accurately: ArtResin requires precise measurements of resin and hardener. My favorite mixing tubs are from Lowe’s because the labels are highly visible and easy to read when pouring in the resin and hardener. Inaccurate measurements can lead to improper curing and a sticky or tacky finish. I’ve learned the hard way on this one.

  • Mix thoroughly: Properly mix the resin and hardener together for at least 3-5 minutes. If you see any fluid looking strands (best way I can explain it) it’s not fully mixed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing container to ensure all the components are fully combined. Incomplete mixing can result in uneven curing and cloudy spots.

  • Avoid bubbles: To minimize or eliminate bubbles in your resin, gently stir the mixture instead of vigorously mixing. You can also use a heat gun or torch to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface. (I’ve even heard you can use acetone in a spray bottle). I personally prefer to use a torch and move it quickly back and forth about 2” away from the resin. Be careful not to apply too much heat or move too slowly, as it can cause the resin to burn or discolor. Torch it, let it sit, torch it, let it sit, and torch it one last time for good measure.

  • Prepare your workspace: Before starting your resin project, make sure your workspace is clean, well-ventilated, and free from dust or debris. Misting the floor with water can help keep the dust down. Wear protective gloves and a respirator to avoid direct contact with the resin and fumes. And my number one prep tip is to heat the room, resin containers, and artwork for a few hours by using an oil heater and letting them all just sit in the room together - resin flows and degasses better at warmer temps. I’ve poured at 95 degrees before 😳

  • Allow for proper curing time: Scan your work for pieces of dust and pick them out with a toothpick. And most importantly cover your work with cardboard or something to keep new dust particles from landing on what you just worked so hard to make dust free! I let mine sit for at least 12 hours before applying another coat if necessary.

💡 Learn more about David's process in our blog @stjame Is Our Instagram Winner!

Jane Monteith

Jane Loves Design Inc.
Barrie, ON

Jane Monteith creates mixed media collage pieces, coated with resin and often incorporating etched metal. A self-taught artist, Jane is a master of technique, continuously exploring new methods and materials to achieve diverse colour combinations, textures and effects which she uses to create her beautiful artwork.

"I’ve worked with resin for a decade and have learned a lot over the years. Here are my favourite tips:"

  • Be in a good mood! This sounds silly, but when you’re feeling positive the entire process runs more smoothly. When you're put under pressure to finish your art piece/s, you tend to rush more, which can lead to frustration and unwanted results. 

  • Leave your resin in the mixing container for 5-10 minutes before pouring. Assuming you’re working in the ideal/correct temperatures, allowing your resin to sit for a handful of minutes helps with the dissipation of bubbles. Sometimes I’ll quickly torch the surface in the container too, before proceeding to pour the resin over my artwork. 

  • Don’t leave your artwork on the floor or near a window to cure. These areas are prone to drafts and can create temperature fluctuations, leading to dimples or striations in your cured results. 

  • Use corrugated plastic for protection from dust. Replace corrugated cardboard with plastic ones. I use the signage type boards found in hardware stores to sit elevated over my resin. These boards don’t wear down like cardboard and can be cleaned and reused more easily. They also don’t contain tiny flecks of paper fibres that can release off the cardboard and fall into your resin.

  • Use black garbage bags. If you don’t want to shell out the money on large silicone mats for your table top, then opt for contractor grade garbage bags. They cover and protect a large surface area but also allow you to easily peel/remove cured resin.

💡 Join Jane in her home studio as she discusses her goal to create art forever in our video ArtResin Featured Artist - Jane Monteith.

Katie Alize

Katie Alize Art

Katie Alize, 28, is an experienced abstract artist known for her organic abstract interpretations of nature and the human experience. Specialising in resin and mixed media, she uses up to 20 different art mediums that she has taught herself in pursuit of her signature style of work. Katie explores themes of colour psychology, mental health, personal evolution, body image and relationships, fusing these themes with her interest in how patterns found in nature have a mood lifting and healing effect on the mind. 

Katie's Resin Tips:

  • To reduce the risk of yellowing, especially over white or light areas of work, I like to add very deeply pigmented violet resin pigment paste to my resin. I add a tiny amount, just enough to lightly colour the resin. When I spread this over a piece, it looks fully clear.  This assures me that the artwork will look fresh for many years to come.

  • To make my gold pigment stand out, I avoid mixing it directly with the resin. Instead, I sprinkle metallic pigment powder on top of wet resin, which then disperses and creates solid metallic gold areas which I love. As an added tip, make sure you sprinkle metallic pigment on in small amounts to account for the slight spreading when it absorbs into the resin, unless you want A LOT of gold coverage of course. You can also do it when it's slightly tacky after a few hours and then sprinkle on some gold to ensure it doesn't spread over your other details. This is my favourite way to apply gold. 

  • If I want super clean edges, I tape the edges of the art panel before priming it. I like to use green FrogTape. Once taped, I scrape along the tape to ensure it is fully adhered, I usually use a wooden lolly stick for this. Then I prime over the entire panel with 2-3 layers of gesso, this will create a seal that resin cannot get into. After the artwork is finished, I blowtorch the top of the tape to soften the resin slightly, then I peel the tape off slowly. This method helps me to avoid any unwanted resin seeping into the tape, and it also means I don't need to sand any drips, which is a huge bonus.

💡 Learn more about Katie's creative process and how she creates her 'mindscapes' in our blog @katiealizeart Is Our Instagram Winner!

Lilian Lai


Lilian has perfected the resin petri pour technique. She loves working with alcohol ink because of the captivating movement and patterns that emerge as the ink reacts with resin. Lilian loves creating her dancing ink pieces because it fills her with so much joy.

Lillian's Resin Tips:

  • When it comes to choosing molds, pick ones with a flat and shiny surface, without intricate details. That way people can focus on the intriguing petri pattern created by alcohol ink.

  • Use alcohol ink that’s compatible with resin. Do a swatch to make sure the color doesn’t react to the resin after the curing process (best to wait for 6 months to a year). E.g. some blue alcohol inks will turn ugly yellow.

  • If you’re living in a colder area, always, always warm your resin to reduce bubbles.
💡 Read more about Lilian in our blog @magnetficent Is Our Instagram Winner and learn her 2 favorite Secret Weapons For Petri Dish Art

Marcel Jordan

Marcel Jordan
Guelph, Ontario

With an attention to detail and eye for design, Marcel Jordan brings over 15 years of manufacturing and fabrication expertise to his craft.  His custom signage, branded products, furniture, and wood art is in demand by a wide range of customers, including bar, restaurant, corporate, retail and individual clients.

Marcel's Resin Tips:

  • Engrave wood at least 5mm deep for a resin pour.

  • Use a powder based pigment so color doesn’t bleed into the wood.

  • Create a wall of silicone to do an over pour of resin, controlling resin and creating less waste.

  • Skim off resin in 2 passes, a finish skim cut of 0.5mm so you don’t create tool marks on the resin surface.

💡 Join ArtResin as we visit Marcel's studio in our video ArtResin Featured Artist:  Marcel Jordan.


Nela Navarrine

Nela Navarrine
St Louis, MO

Nela Navarrine is a mixed media artist who finds inspiration in the colors and shapes of nature. She specializes in florals using oil, encaustic, and brass inside multiple layers of resin creating beautiful paintings with depth, dimension and an irregular, unique shape.

Nela's Resin Tips: 

  • I use plastic as the bottom layer of some of my work to add an interesting and wrinkled background.

  • Painting flowers bottom up in layers gives my work depth and beautiful dimension.

  • I transform resin pieces in a painting by attaching them with a resin piece to a board. I use resin as a glue too.

  • Brush strokes or drops of encaustic look beautiful inside layers of resin.

💡 Learn more about Nela's techniques in our blog @nelacolor Is Our Instagram Winner!


Nick Bultman

Nick Bultman Art 
Arizona, USA

Nick Bultman paints futuristic abstracts in acrylic on wood panels. His use of light, shadow, and perspective, as well as contrasting organic and geometric shapes, help convey a sense of motion and energy in his work. Nick often embellishes his paintings with gold leaf and a glossy resin topcoat to accentuate their incredible vibrancy.

Nick's Resin Tips:
  • Warm the resin bottles to exactly 85 degrees prior to mixing. I’ve found this temperature works perfectly. By the time the resin is mixed and spread, it should cool to around 80 degrees (assuming you’re working in stable room temperature conditions) and the bubbles should be gone.

  • Use a heat gun for large surfaces (above than 18x24in.) at the highest possible temperature (1350 Fahrenheit for mine) and do quick passes with the lowest possible fan speed. Do a first pass after about 5 mins since spreading, and another pass at about 15 mins since spreading. 

  • Spray your working area with a spray bottle of water to push any dust and debris downwards so it’s not floating around during your resin process. 

  • Try to spread the resin in a place with good lighting, either natural or artificial, so that you can see any debris that lands in the resin.

  • Only use resin with a manufacturer date within 6 months (labeled on the ArtResin bottle) in order to get the most clear resin.

💡 Read more about Nick's creative process in our blog @nickbultman_art Is Our Instagram Winner!

Nichola Scaldwell

Nichola Scaldwell Art
Greater Manchester, UK

Nichola Scaldwell is a fluid artist who specializes in the bloom technique. When Nichola discovered fluid art, she found herself absolutely obsessed. She became determined to master the art of the pour and in 2020, all of Nichola's hard work paid off: both her Instagram following and her art business skyrocketed during the pandemic.

Nichola's Resin Tips:
  • Ensure Your Painting is Fully Dry:  Wait for your acrylic pour painting to dry completely, typically 3-4 weeks, before applying resin.

  • Prep the Surface:  For non-silicone users, a basic clean with a soapy damp cloth or baby wipe can suffice. Ensure to clean thoroughly, especially if you've handled the painting, to remove any oils that might prevent the resin from adhering. Silicone users should be meticulous in cleaning with dish soap or isopropyl alcohol. Test an inconspicuous area first. After cleaning, allow your painting to dry for an additional 24 hours before applying resin.

  • Enhance Longevity with Varnish:  Increase the longevity of your painting by applying gloss varnish with UV protection, safeguarding colours against UV exposure.

  • Set Up Your Work Area:  Prepare & clean your resin application area in advance to minimise kicking up dust once you begin. Tape the back of your painting, with good quality painters tape, ensure it's level, and have all necessary supplies ready at hand. I set mine up the day before.  

  • Warm the Resin:  Warm both resin bottles in a warm water bath for 10-15 minutes. This aids in mixing, reduces bubbles, and promotes proper curing. Also, ensure your workspace and painting surface are warm to prevent issues with cold resin on a surface. Avoid using air conditioning, fans or blowers as this will move dust around. 

💡 Read more about Nichola's fluid art journey in our blog @fluid_flow_trip Is Our Instagram Winner!

Nicholas Hernandez

Nickhartist LLC
Sacramento, CA 

Nicholas Hernandez is a California Native working out of his studio in Sacramento, CA.  His work consists of highly exaggerated sculpted relief structures inspired by natural textures all over the world.  His way of creating these organic formations involves a tedious month-long process from concept to completion using mediums like resins, plasters, and foams to achieve the desired outcome.

Nick's Resin Tips:

  • When mixing the 1:1 ratio of Part A and Part B, I use 32 oz plastic measuring cups and fill part A to 16 oz and then B to 32 oz line. Mix until super clear and then pour.

  • I always get asked this question about how to prevent dust. It’s all in the prep work of the space you are working in. I always cover the entire floor with a new sheet of plastic and tape that down on all sides. If you have any windows, make sure they are lock tight to prevent any air flow throughout the room. Same goes for any vents, I always turn the air conditioning off to prevent this. While the resin is curing, I always circle the piece every 30 minutes up to two hours to see if any particles have fallen on the resin. If so, I get a small toothpick and pick the particle out of the resin before it cures.

  • Resin will always bubble since there is a chemical reaction occuring when the two parts are mixed. For the first 30 minutes of the curing process, I use an electric heat gun over the curing resin to get the bubble to the surface and pop. You don’t want to keep using the heat gun over and over since this can actually burn the resin and cause it to wrinkle in the curing process.

  • Always were a mask suitable for chemicals as well as disposable gloves while working with this.

  • Since all of my work is textured and involves multiple mediums, I sometimes with seal some of my texture with epoxy resin to smooth out any imperfections in the surface to create a super clean surface. Not only does it add protection to the texture, but also adds to the entirety of the piece itself.

  • Resin drips that cure to the back of your art can be annoying. I always clean them up with an electric sander to create a flat surface before I add my floating frame.


Yvette Grishina

Yvetka Art 
Montreal, Quebec

Yvette creates simple, modern, and elegant, abstract art pieces uniting color, pattern, shape, and texture.  She works with modeling paste on wood panels for texture and tops with resin as a finishing touch to elevate the look. 

Yvette's Resin Tips:
  • Mixing ContainersMy favourite mixing vessels for resin are the 750g yogourt containers. I add Part A in one container and the same amount of Part B in a second container. To make sure the amount is the same for both parts, I use the writing on the container as a marker. The size and shape of the container work very well for what I need.

  • Mixing TechniqueTo make sure the two parts are well mixed together, I pour one part into the other, mixing in a circular motion with a paint mixing stick. It's important to scrape the sides very often to blend the parts well. I pour the entire mixture from one container to the other and mix well. I repeat the switch from one container to another for a total of about 4 times to guarantee a homogeneous mixture.

  • Thick GlovesSince my art pieces have a lot of texture, I opt for thick and durable gloves when spreading resin. If gloves are too thin, they get caught in the texture, tear, and hands get covered with resin. This interrupts the process as I need to remove the torn gloves and wash my hands, to then put new ones on and continue the process.

  • Good Lighting: After having spread the resin on the artwork, I place a good light next to it to find any missed areas or uneven spots. I either use the light from my cellphone or a spotlight that can be placed at the same level as the artwork. I make corrections to ensure an even layer of resin on the art piece, for it to have a flawless finish before curing.

  • Bubble RemovalThe trick to remove all the bubbles is about technique, rather than the price of the heat gun. I perform quick passes at a moderate distance from the artwork, moving the heat gun over each area 2 to 3 times. I use a light (see Tip #4) to check for any missed areas.

💡 Learn more about Yvette and her art process in our blog Is Our Instagram Winner!


Thank you to all of our ArtResin artists who shared their tips! We hope that their expert insight and beautiful artwork inspire you in your own resin art practice. 

Do you have a favorite tip you want to add?  Please let us know in the comments below!

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