How Do Beginners Use Resin?Posted on 20 Apr 13:24
So you want to get started with resin, but you're not sure where to begin?
Maybe you feel intimidated at the thought of using resin. Maybe you've wanted to buy it, but feel overwhelmed by all the options out there.
You might be asking yourself:
What is resin?
What kind of resin should I get?
What resin supplies do I need?
What are some easy resin projects for a beginner?
If this sounds familiar, don't worry. Here at ArtResin, we've got you covered! Resin is surprisingly simple to use, as long as you follow a few basic steps. We've got all the info you need, plus a list of Top 10 Easy Resin Project Ideas to help you get started.
Soon you'll be measuring, mixing and pouring resin like a pro!
Let's answer your questions.
What Is Resin?
When we're talking about resin for art or crafting, we're referring to epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is a clear liquid plastic made of up two parts: resin and hardener. When the resin and hardener are mixed together, a chemical reaction occurs that takes it from a liquid to a hard, shiny solid.
Resin was used mainly for industrial applications -- that is, until artists discovered that a shiny coat of resin makes color pop, giving paintings and photographs an unparalleled depth and a sleek, modern finish. In recent years, resin art has soared in popularity and is being used to create jewellery, crafts, coasters, flow art, mosaics, charcuterie boards and so much more.
What Kind Of Resin Should I Get?
When you're starting out, you might be tempted to buy the cheapest epoxy resin you can find. The truth is, this is exactly the kind of resin you want to stay away from! Cheap epoxy resins are not designed for art: they're often highly toxic, give off noxious fumes, and will turn yellow in no time, ruining your project and wasting your money. This really is a case where that old saying "You get what you pay for" is true. For your health and for your artwork, it's worth paying extra for a high quality epoxy resin.
This watercolor painting was ruined by cheap epoxy resin.
Why It's Important To Use ArtResin For Your Art:Easy To Use: There's no complicated weighing or confusing directions here. ArtResin is a 1:1 ratio, measured by volume. In other words, mix together exactly equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. Doesn't get easier than that!
Made For Art: ArtResin has a beautiful, thick consistency, which makes it easy to control when you're working with it and allows it to self-level as the resin hardens. This thick consistency is also excellent for color separation in techniques like flow art, preventing the colors from mixing together and looking muddy.
It also has a long working time (about 40 minutes) so you can get your piece just right and a short cure time: you'll be able to handle your pieces after about 24 hours.
Crystal Clear: ArtResin was designed by artists who know exactly what artists want: a crystal clear resin that dries with a gorgeous glossy finish. ArtResin is also formulated with special ingredients to protect against yellowing to keep your art looking as good as the day you created it.
Safe: Protecting your health is the single most important reason you need to buy a resin made especially for art. ArtResin is non-toxic (when used as directed) so it's not bad for your health like other resins. It contains no nasty fumes, solvents or VOCs. It has a low odor and is safe to use at home when used in a well-ventilated area.
💡TIP: For the safety of your health and for artwork that will last, make sure you buy an epoxy resin that's safe for home use and one that is designed specifically for art.
What Resin Supplies Do I Need?
No matter what you're making, there are a few key tools you'll need when working with resin. As your confidence grows and you try more projects, you can start adding tools like colorants, silicone molds, 3D inclusions and more!
Here are the basics you'll need when working with resin:
- ArtResin® epoxy resin
- Mixing Containers
- Gloves, Stir Stick & Spreader
- Plastic Drop Sheet: to protect your work surface
- Level: to ensure your work is perfectly horizontal
- Torch: to get rid of bubbles
- Toothpicks: to fish out bits of dust
- Dust cover: to protect your work while it cures
Optional tools, depending on your project:
- plastic stands: to prop artwork up off of your work surface
- masking tape: for taping off the back of your piece to catch drips
- colorants: use colorants made for resin, like our ArtResin™ ResinTint
- small mixing cups & craft sticks: for mixing small amounts of tinted resin
- heat gun/hair dryer: to gently push your resin around for flow art
- silicone molds: for making coasters, jewellery and more
- alcohol ink: a must for making petri dish art
- inclusions: embellish your work with glitter, beads, shells, gold flake etc
How Do You Mix Resin?
We get it—the idea of using resin can seem intimidating at first, but the steps are actually very easy: measure, mix, pour, spread, torch and wait. No matter what you make, you'll be repeating those steps over and over again. We have a whole blog and video, How To Use Epoxy Resin, that explains each step in detail.
What Are Some Easy Resin Projects For A Beginner?
Feeling inspired to try a resin project? From coating a painting to creating coasters, flow art, trinket dishes and more, there is so much you can do with epoxy resin!
Here are ArtResin's Top 10 Easy Resin Project ideas to help you get started:
We hope you found this informative and that it helped to explain and demystify what resin is all about. Like anything, practice makes perfect but we hope this will give you the encouragement to try a resin project out for yourself! Before you know it, you'll be wondering why you didn't try it sooner.
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