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@fluid_flow_trip Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 21 Sep 05:32
Congratulations to Manchester, UK artist Nichola Scaldwell, our latest Instagram winner! 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 her hard work paid off:  her Instagram following and her art business skyrocketed during the pandemic.

 

 

 

Graduating from Glyndwr University with a BA with Honours in Fine Art in 2007, Nichola worked primarily with chalk pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, but took up acrylic flip cup and Dutch pours as a way to relieve anxiety.  "In October 2019 I took the Sheleeart Fluid Art course after seeing Shelee’s work on Instagram. I was in love with the style of pouring, I was absolutely fascinated and needed to know more. Luckily, I had an understanding and supportive partner and was allowed to practice this obsessively, 7 days a week. 2020 arrived and so did the pandemic, so I continued this obsession for even longer, guilt free. I became pretty good at it, as a result.

"2020 was an incredible year for me and my Fluid Art journey. I grew a massive following on Instagram and it was a great distraction from what was going on around me. My work travelled further than I did, that’s for sure! 
Things have slowed down since then and my focus and priorities have shifted, but my passion for creating still remains."

 

 


 

Nichola started using resin around the same time she started pouring acrylics: "I absolutely love the effect that resin has on my work: it amplifies my paintings' appearance, my colours are intense and my colour shifting pigments pop again, just like they’re still wet. It’s worth the extra time setting up to get those outstanding, timeless results."





Using the techniques she learned in her course, Nichola creates her own pouring medium to increase the fluidity of acrylic paints and pigments.  First, she layers her colours on top of a base of white paint, then adds a cell activator. Once the activator is in place, Nichola blows it down and outwards across the coloured paints to create round bubbly cells. Once she's satisfied with the composition, Nichola spins or tilts the paint across the canvas to stretch the design out. 


 

Nichola feels grateful to have a home studio she can go to whenever there is a spare moment to create her art: "Ideally, I’d love to create art everyday, but for now I’m happy with the odd day here and there whilst I enjoy my new role as a Mum."

"Creating is fundamentally part of who I am and I don’t feel like myself if I am not being creative in some form. I create for myself primarily -- I’m obsessed with colour and shimmering pigments. If someone wants to buy it, then that’s a bonus! I’d like to think my work brings joy into someone's space."

 




Nichola currently sells her work through Etsy but as she is getting busier and busier with her, she's moving towards getting a website and online shop set up soon.

To see more of Nichola's art:
Visit her Etsy Shop:
NikkisFlowArt
Follow her on Instagram: @fluid_flow_trip


Congratulations on your win, Nichola!

To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


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How To Use Resin Over Cricut Decals

Posted on 13 Sep 16:51


Can You Use Epoxy Resin over Cricut decals?


Yes, you can pour epoxy resin over cricut decals.
 The resin provides a gorgeous, glossy finish while sealing and protecting the decals for the long term. You can use resin over a variety of different Cricut projects to give them a polished, professional look.

What DIY craft projects can I make with resin and vinyl decals?


Resin and Cricut make it easy to create lots of different custom craft projects including personalized signs, coasters, keychains, artwork, charcuterie boards, tumblers, jewellery, customized trays and more. The possibilities really are endless.

 

Can I make money selling epoxy resin and Cricut vinyl decal crafts online?


Yes! Resin and Cricut crafts are some of the most popular objects to make and sell online.
 Personalized objects like tumblers, coasters, wood signs can sell for more money than non-personalized items.

For more ideas on how to earn money selling resin art, see our blog Which Resin Art Sells The Best And Where To Sell Resin Art?


6 DIY Resin Cricut Decal Ideas

We have six fun and easy project ideas for you to try. Customize them to any theme you want and see where your creativity takes you! 


Let's take a look...

 


Project 1. Wall Sign with hooks


We made a fun (and functional) Father's Day wall sign, complete with hooks to hang some of dad's most useful stuff!



how to make a custom wall sign with resin and cricut


What You’ll Need:

 

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Wood board of your choice
• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal of your choice (ours says "Best Dad Ever")
• Cricut scraper to apply the decal 
• Power drill and a small drill bit
• 6-8 small, screw hooks
• Hanging hardware for the back of the sign
• Optional: embellishments to embed in the wet resin (we used 35-40 small finishing nails in ours.)


1. Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. 

Not sure how much you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator to determine exactly how much resin and hardener you require. NOTE: This first coat is meant to be a sealant coat, so you will only need half the amount recommended by the Resin Calculator.

The Resin Calculator tells you how much ArtResin you'll need

 



2. Apply Epoxy Resin To Center Of The Board

 

Using gloved hands or a craft stick, apply a small amount of ArtResin to center of the board, spreading it evenly across the entire surface. Leave the edges clean, as we did, by applying the resin to the top of the board only. Or, if you wish, you can prop the board up on small plastic cups to raise it off the work surface, tape off the underside of the board with painter's tape, and carefully spread the resin over the edges, using a foam brush or gloved hand to wipe them smooth.


spread resin onto wood board using gloved hands
 


3. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the piece with a plastic tote or clean cardboard box to protect it from dust and leave overnight to cure. The next day, it will be dry to the touch.


remove bubbles from epoxy resin with a flame torch


4. Position The Cricut Decals

 

Position the decals where you’d like them placed. Use a burnishing tool to remove any air pockets and ensure a tight bond to the board. 

position cricut vinyl decals onto resined surface
use cricut scraper tool to burnish decal onto resined surface


 

5. Mix Up Art Resin

 

Mix up another batch of ArtResin according to the label instructions and, with a spreading tool, spread the resin evenly over the entire surface of the board. 

spread epoxy resin over cricut vinyl decal using spreading tool



6. Add Embellishments

 

Add embellishments to the wet resin, if desired. We scattered nails across the top of our board, above the lettering, pouring a little more resin on top to coat them. Use tweezers or a toothpick if you need to adjust the placement. 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch.
 Place a dustcover over the resin and allow to cure dry overnight.


add embellishments into the wet resin
pour resin over embellishments to coat them
adjust placement of embellishments with tweezers or toothpick

 

 



8. Drill Holes

 

Drill holes into the cured resin surface, to fit the amount of screw hooks you wish to attach. If you used tape to catch resin drips, you can remove it now.

drill holes into cured resin surface to add hooks


 

9. Screw The Hooks

 

Screw the hooks into each hole.

screw hooks into pre-drilled holes in resin surface



 

10. Attach Hanging Hardware

 

Attach hanging hardware to the back, hang your sign to the wall, and it's ready to use and enjoy!

personalized wall sign with hooks made with resin and cricut vinyl decal



Project 2. Golf Serving Board


Whether it's for a post-tee-time get together or having friends over to watch the tournament on TV, this 
golf inspired serving board is a fun way of serving snacks.

cricut personalized golf serving board made with epoxy resin

 

What You’ll Need:

 

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Wood board of your choice
• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal of your choice (ours says "Golf - It Takes Balls")
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 

 


1. Place The Decal

 

Place the decal as you wish onto the wood board, burnishing it with the scraper to eliminate air pockets and ensure it's well adhered to the board.

place vinyl decal onto wood board


 

2. Prepare Epoxy Resin

 

Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. Not sure how much you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator and it will let you know exactly how much resin and hardener you require.
enter dimensions of project into Resin Calculator to determine how much resin you need


 

3. Pour the mixed resin

 

Pour the prepared resin mixture into the centre of the board, using a spreading tool to evenly guide it across the entire surface. If you wish to leave the edges clean, apply the resin to the surface only. Or, if you wish to coat the edges, use plastic cups to prop the board up and off of the work surface, tape the underside with painter’s tape to catch drips, and carefully smooth the resin over the edges using a foam brush or gloved hands.

pour epoxy resin onto center of wood serving board
spread epoxy resin across surface of wood board using spreading tool


 

4. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles from with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the board with a clean plastic tote or empty cardboard box to protect it from dust and allow it to cure overnight.

remove bubbles from epoxy resin surface using flame torch

 


5. Remove Tape

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch. Remove tape from the underside of the board, if you used it. The resin will be fully cured and the board will be ready for use in 3 days.

Did you know that ArtResin is safe to use for serving food?  Read more about it in our blog ArtResin Passes Food Safety Tests.


cricut and epoxy resin wood board




Project 3. Sports Coasters


Cheers to game day! These baseball themed coasters look so great that your sports fan will actually want to use them! The best part is that you can customize them to the sport or team colors of your choice. 


 

What You’ll Need:


• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• ResinTint, in white and blue
• Plastic cups and craft stick, one for each color
• Silicone coaster mold
• Heat gun
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• 3 Cricut decals of your choice (we used the MLB logo, the Toronto Blue Jays logo, and a baseball)
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 


personalized sports coasters made with cricut and epoxy resin


1. Prepare the Epoxy Resin

 

To make 3 coasters, prepare 6 oz of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. 



2. Divide The Epoxy Resin

 

Divide the resin into separate cups and tint as desired. We used blue, white and left the last portion clear. Pour the tinted resin into the coaster mold, one color per cavity. If necessary, remove bubbles with a heatgun, cover with a dustcover and allow to cure dry overnight.

pouring clear resin into silicone coaster mold
pouring white tinted resin to silicone mold to make personalized coasters
pouring blue tinted epoxy resin into silicone mold to make DIY coasters


 

3. Remove The Cured Coasters

 

Remove the cured coasters from the mold. They should be dry to the touch, but don't worry if they're still bendy at this point - they simply haven't finished curing yet.

removing cured coasters from silicone mold after 24 hours


 

4. Choose 3 Sports Themed Cricut Decals

 

Choose 3 sports themed Cricut decals that will fit the diameter of the coaster. Position the decal in the center of the coaster and apply. Use your fingers or a Cricut scraper to burnish it to the resin surface. This will eliminate air pockets and ensure a tight bond.

applying cricut vinyl decal to cured resin coaster

burnish vinyl decal with fingers to make sure it adheres to resin coaster

apply cricut decal to resin coaster to make personalized DIY Coasters


5. Place the coasters back

 

Place the coasters back into the silicone mold.

place cured coasters back into silicone mold for second resin layer


6. Prepare another batch of ArtResin

 

Prepare another 6 oz of ArtResin according to the label instructions and pour over top of the coasters until the mold is full. Lightly run a heatgun over the coasters to remove any bubbles from the resin surface. Cover with a dustcover and allow to cure overnight.

pour second layer of clear resin over cricut resin coasters
make your own sports themed resin coasters with cricut decals
pour second resin layer over coasters to make personalized DIY cricut coasters


7. Remove The Coasters From The Mold

 

The next day, the coasters can be removed from the mold. They may still be bendy at this point, so leave them somewhere flat to finish curing for 3-5 days before use. 

remove cured resin coasters from mold after 24 hours
make your own sports themed coaster using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decals


Project 4. Super Dad Keychain


A perfect resin project for beginners, keychains personalized with Cricut vinyl decals are fun little objects to give as gifts or sell as part of a resin business.


What You’ll Need:

• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• ResinTint, in white
• Silicone keychain mold
• Heat gun
• Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Cricut decal to fit the keychain (we used a Super Dad design)
• Cricut scraper and tools to apply the decal 
• Drill and a small drill bit
• Keychain hardware


make your own personalized DIY resin keychain using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decal


1. Prepare The Epoxy Resin

 

Prepare a small amount of ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions. If you're unsure how much resin requires, pour water until the mold until you reach the desired height. Pour the water into a measuring container. Since ArtResin is a 1:1 ratio epoxy resin, simply divide the total amount by 2 to determine how much resin and how much hardener you'll need. Allow the mold to air dry before pouring resin into it.

mix up a small amount of epoxy resin


2. Add Drops Of ResinTint

 

Add a drop or two of white ResinTint. You don’t need much - always start with less than you think you need and add more if necessary. Pour the tinted resin into the silicone mold, run a heat gun over the surface to eliminate bubbles. Cover with a dustcover and allow to dry overnight.

pour tinted white resin into a silicone mold


3. Remove The Cured Resin 

 

Remove the cured resin from the mold. Don’t be concerned if it’s a little bendy when you remove it from the mold - it simply hasn’t finished curing yet and will harden up over the next few days.


remove cured resin from mold after 24 hours


4. Choose A Decal

 

Choose a decal to fit the size of the molded resin. We chose a Super Dad design. 

choose a cricut vinyl decal to fit the size of the resin mold


5. Position The Decal

 

Position the decal in place until you’re happy with the placement, and then carefully apply the decal to the resined surface.

position vinyl decal on cured resin to place it
apply the vinyl decal to the resin keychain surface
apply the cricut vinyl decal to the resin keychain
apply the vinyl cricut letters to the resin to make a personalized keychain


 

6. Attach The Keychain Hardware

 

Attach the keychain hardware using a drill and small drill bit. Allow the keychain to lay somewhere flat for a few days to finish curing before use.

how to make a personalized keychain using cricut and resin



Project 5. Gold Leaf & Alcohol Ink Painting.


Take an alcohol ink painting from good to great with a shimmery gold embellishment!

 

What You’ll Need:


Alcohol ink in colors of your choice (we used a blue, grey and white theme)
• Yupo paper
• Hand held blow tool
• Isopropyl Alcohol
• Wood panel, spray adhesive & utility knife
• Cricut leaf decal (we chose gold)
• Cricut scraper
• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick
• Plastic spreader
 Artist’s Torch
• Dustcover (an empty tote or clean cardboard box works well)
• Hanging hardware for the back of the painting


gold leaf vinyl decal applied over alcohol ink painting


1. Drop Alcohol Ink On The Yupo Paper

 

Drop alcohol ink on the yupo paper, using a blow tool and alcohol to create a design, as desired.  To learn how, see our tutorial How To Paint With Alcohol Ink On Yupo Paper. 

Allow the alcohol ink painting to dry thoroughly. When dry, use spray adhesive to mount the painting to a wood panel. When the spray adhesive has dried, flip the painting over to trim any excess from the edges with a utility knife.

how to make an alcohol ink painting on yupo paper


 

2. Choose A Cricut Decal

 

Choose a Cricut decal to suit the size and look of the painting. We chose a large gold leaf design.

remove excess vinyl from gold leaf decal
cricut gold leaf decal ready to apply


3. Position The Leaf Decal

 

Position the leaf decal onto the alcohol ink painting as desired. Use the Cricut scraper to remove air pockets and ensure a good, tight bond.

position gold leaf decal over painting until you're happy with the placement
use cricut scraper tool to smooth out decal and bond it to the surface


4. Prepare your ArtResin

 

Prepare ArtResin according to the label directions. If you're not sure how much you need, enter the dimensions of your piece into our Resin Calculator to determine the exact amount. Pour the prepared ArtResin in the centre of the painting, using a plastic spreader to guide it evenly over the entire surface. Remove surface bubbles with the Artist's Torch, cover with a dustcover and allow to cure overnight.

pour resin over cricut decal applied to painting
use spreader tool to smooth out epoxy resin over cricut decal


 

5. Let It Dry

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch and your painting will be ready to hang on the wall!

how to make custom artwork using cricut vinyl decal and epoxy resin
 

 

Project 6. Personalized Charcuterie Board


Transform a plain dollar store wood tray into a fun, personalized charcuterie board. Makes a great gift or keep it to enjoy yourself!


What You’ll Need:



• Wood board of your choice
• Cricut decal of your choice (we chose a 3 layer star design that looks similar to the Dallas Cowboys' logo) 
• Cricut scraper to apply the decal 
• ArtResin epoxy resin
• Disposable nitrile gloves
• Mixing container with graduated measuring lines
• Stir stick

• Plastic spreader or craft stick
• Artist’s Torch
• 
Dustcover (an empty plastic tote or clean cardboard box works well)

 

sports themed charcuterie board made with epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decal

 



1. Choose A Cricut Decal

 

Choose a Cricut decal design to fit the wood board. Position as desired and apply to the board, using the scraper to eliminate air pockets and ensure a good bond with the wood.

apply the first layer of cricut vinyl decal to wood board
use cricut scraper tool to burnish vinyl decal to wood board and remove air pockets
apply second layer of cricut vinyl decal over the first layer
apply third layer of cricut vinyl decal over the first two layers


2. Prepare ArtResin Epoxy

 

 Prepare ArtResin epoxy resin according to the label instructions.  

Not sure how much resin you need? Simply enter the dimensions of the board into our Resin Calculator to determine exactly how much resin and hardener you require.
how much resin do I need to make my project?

 

 


3. Apply The ArtResin

 

Apply the ArtResin to center of the board, spreading it evenly across the entire surface. Leave the edges clean by applying the resin to the top of the board only.

Alternatively, you can prop the board up on small plastic cups to raise it off the work surface, tape off the underside of the board with painter's tape, and carefully spread the resin over the edges, using a foam brush or gloved hand to wipe them smooth.

pour mixed resin and hardener into center of wood board over cricut vinyl decal
use speader tool to guide epoxy resin evenly over surface of wood board

 



4. Remove Bubbles

 

Remove bubbles with a quick pass of the Artist’s Torch. Cover the piece with a plastic tote or clean cardboard box to protect it from dust and leave overnight to cure.

use a torch to remove bubbles from epoxy resin surface

 



5. Let It Dry

 

The next day, the resin will be dry to the touch.  The tape, if you used it, can be removed from the underside of the board. After 3 days, the charcuterie board will be fully cured and ready to use and enjoy!

make your own personalized charcuterie board using epoxy resin and cricut vinyl decals


We hope these ideas have inspired you to get creative and make your own, personalized craft projects using ArtResin and your Cricut machine! 

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

New to resin and looking for some fun and easy craft projects? Take a look at our blog 5 Resin Art Projects For Beginners.


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@t.s._studios Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 9 Sep 16:40

Congratulations to artist Tabatha Sisson, our latest Instagram winner! Tabatha is a full-time, self-taught mixed media artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having dabbling in a variety of mediums, including resin, acrylic and alcohol inks, she found herself getting bored and in need of a new challenge.

Tabatha knew what the answer was: go bigger and bolder by combining what she loved most about each individual medium. In doing so, she created her T.S. Studios signature style, a painting mash up with a vibrant, fluid, and extra sparkly look uniquely her own.

 

 

 

Tabatha finds the versatility and unpredictable nature of alcohol ink both challenging and inspiring and loves incorporating them into her process. Introduced to resin in 2018 through a friend who was creating geode art, Tabatha loved its shiny, glass-like finish -- so much so that she began working with it exclusively: “Resin has just taken my artwork to the next level. I get so many questions on what I use to make it so shiny - lol. My paintings would not be the same without [it]!”

 

 

 

Tabatha’s inspiration is often based on her favourite pop culture, including music, 80’s movies and 90’s sitcoms and from there, her creative process is entirely intuitive: “I normally start with a color palette in mind. The first few layers usually consist of alcohol inks, spray paints and acrylics. Building upon each layer, I usually end with some gold or silver leaf, glitters and iridescent paints. Of course, the most important part is that resined finish.”
 



A full time artist, Tabatha gets a sense of purpose, peace and serenity out of creating her artwork.  Above all, she hopes to connect with others through her work: “With each painting having its own unique vibe, I can only hope that whoever it resonates with feels the way I did while creating it. Whether that be fun and spunky while listening to Cyndi Lauper, or cool and calm like the waves crashing on the ocean shore.” 




Creating artwork is Tabitha’s sanctuary:
Being able to be creative in my own unique way, that allows me to not only be true to who I am, but also to use it as a means to provide for my family has been nothing short of a dream come true!” 

 

To see more of Tabatha's work:
Visit her website: tsstudios.art
Follow her on Instagram: @t.s._studios


Congratulations on your win, Tabatha!

To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


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@michael_crossett Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 29 Aug 16:35

Congratulations to artist Michael Crossett, our latest Instagram winner! Based in Washington, DC, Michael is mixed media artist and screen printer who collages original photographs, historic artifacts and design to create contemporary, urban art.
 

 

Born in San Antonio, TX, Michael lived in Japan, Hawaii and the Philippines in his youth and has called DC home for the past 25 years. A self taught artist, Michael says: "I have always been a photographer [and] loved developing film in a dark room environment.  I went to college for Advertising and Design and found my way back to art when I learned screen printing. I love the instant gratification that is achieved by screen printing with acrylics. I am able to create more complex work in a short amount of time."

Michael's work, influenced by the aesthetic of fashion magazines and album cover art, aims to celebrate DC's overlooked inner city neighborhoods: "I wanted to show the other side of city that is often misunderstood and viewed in only one way… from the Capitol.  Any time I create artwork, I am making work to be enjoyed by the community of viewers, whether it is personal work or commission work. I have a responsibility to make sure it is passionate, accurate and inspiring to anyone who views it.


"The Washington Post just recently referred to my work as 'Visual City Symphonies' which I thought was a very flattering and on point comment."

 


 


Michael discovered resin over a decade ago. He loved its sleek look but the only products available at that time were toxic resins designed for industrial purposes, not artwork. Michael says, "I began using ArtResin about 8 years ago and it changed my studio practice.  It is reliable, less toxic and has made the process of pouring less time consuming and unpredictable.

 

"My audience is always fascinated and in love with the resin work. When I screen print on wood with up to 100 layers of screen printing, the acrylic paint begins to dull down. Once I pour resin over the surface, the vibrancy and saturation immediately comes back and pushes the work to a new state. The reflection of light through the layers and colors compliments the interplay of images."

 

 
 

Michael's process typically starts with a collection of original photography based on a place or a theme.  He adjusts the size, color and saturation in photoshop in order to create films for silkscreening.  He then screens the images, one by one, to develop a composition.  Micheal says: "I try and limit my computer time as much as possible, therefore, most of compositions and pieces are done in the studio using the images that are prepared on silk screens."

Once a piece is complete, Michael uses ArtResin to finish his wood panel pieces and a varnish on his canvas pieces: "I also do a good amount of mixed media - most recently I have used laser cut objects placed on my paintings and then I use ArtResin to create a unique finished piece."

 

   

 

Michael says that he wouldn't be the same person without a creative outlet in his life: "It's amazing to work with my hands, creating something that involves both digital design and analog, hands-on painting. He most enjoys the gratification of collaborating with clients on a piece of artwork: "It's a beautiful feeling when someone comes to you because of your aesthetic and style and you're able to create something personal for them or they relate to something you have created."

 

Michael hopes people walk away with a feeling of wonderment and inspiration after viewing his art: "There is always a story being told within my work, but sometimes its best for the viewer to create their own story or understanding of it." He hopes to create artwork in his signature style that's inspired by locations both national and international: "I definitely want to be remembered as an important American artist and screen printer."

 



Michael currently sells his work through Artsy, Singulart and Long View Gallery in Washington DC.

To see more of Michael's art:

Follow him on Instagram: @michael_crossett


Congratulations on your win, Michael!

To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


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How To Make 3D Resin Flower Coasters

Posted on 28 Aug 18:42

What are 3D resin flower coasters?



3D flower coasters use alcohol ink and resin pigment paste to create a design that "blooms" into a flower as the resin cures.  Popular with crafters and hobby artists, resin flower coasters are a fun and easy project with impressive results! 3D floral resin coasters are a great way for beginners to get started with epoxy resin and a chance for more advanced artists to expand their resin skills.


Artist Elena Gribanova from Allure Decoration has mastered the technique of 3D resin flowers and is here to explain how it's done. Follow Elena's step-by-step techniques to learn the basics and then change up the color palette and petal shape to create your very own custom look!


Lets get started!






What supplies do I need to make 3D flower coasters?

what tools do I need to make resin 3D flower coasters

  • ArtResin epoxy resin
  • Alcohol Ink: Elena used blue and purple
  • White pigment paste specifically for resin (available online and in art supply stores)
  • A few pairs of disposable nitrile gloves
  • Graduated plastic mixing cup and plastic or silicone stir stick
  • Small plastic or silicone cups (one for each color)
  • 4 x Craft or popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • A plastic piping bag, plastic cup and scissors
  • Small glass chips and large glitter (Elena used gold glass chips and blue glitter)
  • Extra fine glitter for sparkle (optional)
  • 2 round, silicone coaster molds (1 large and 1 small)
  • A heat gun
  • A dust cover like a clean cardboard box, plastic tote or large deli tray lid

 

3D resin flower coasters instructions


Wearing gloves, measure the ArtResin according to the label instructions. 
For our large and small silicone molds, we used 400 ml total, made up of 200 ml of resin and 200 ml hardener. 


Pour the clear resin into the mold, starting in the center
and allowing the resin to spread out over the entire surface. Pour until the mold is just a little over halfway full.

fill silicone mold halfway full of resin
pour resin into centre of silicone mold

fill silicone mold half way full with resin

 

Use a heatgun to eliminate surface bubbles.

💡 TIP: Don't hold the heat gun too close or in one spot for too long or you risk damaging the mold and overheating the resin. 

use heatgun to remove surface bubbles from resin in silicone mold


Add more resin to the mold until it's almost full.  Use the heatgun once again to get rid of surface bubbles. 

Now we're ready to decorate the flowers!

pour more resin until silicone mold is full

use heatgun to remove surface bubbles from resin in silicone mold





Using a craft stick, add some gold glass chips and large blue glitter to the center of the mold. Feel free to use crystals, glass shards or stones instead. Blend them until they are well mixed.


use craft stick to add gold glass chips into centre of resin in silicone mold

add large blue glitter to the center of resin in silicone mold

use craft stick to mix glitter and glass crystals together in center of resin



Run the heat gun over the mold once again to eliminate any bubbles.

use heatgun over glitter and crystals in resin in silicone mold

use heatgun to remove bubbles from resin in silicone coaster mold

 

add a third row of petals to clear resin in silicone mold


Use the heatgun to eliminate any bubbles.

use a heatgun to remove surface bubbles from resin in silicone mold


Drop purple alcohol ink dots all the way around the glitter center.

add purple alcohol ink drops around the glitter center of resin in silicone mold




Add a row of blue alcohol ink drops in between the purple dots.

add blue alcohol ink drops in between the purple dots in resin


Add a few more drops (approximately 4 drops) of purple in the center.  Once you've added the purple drops, allow the ink to sit for a little while while you prepare the white resin.

add purple alcohol ink drops to center of resin silicone mold


Pour the white resin into a piping bag or a ziploc bag set in a plastic cup.

add white resin to piping bag placed in plastic cup



Push the resin down to the bottom of the bag, ensuring there are no air pockets in the resin, then secure the bag with a knot and/or a plastic clip.

knot and clip the piping bag full of white resin



Snip a tiny opening in the bottom of the bag with a sharp pair of scissors.

snip a small hole to squeeze white resin out of piping bag



Use the heatgun over the molds once more to get rid of any bubbles that may have risen to the surface.

use heat gun to remove surface bubbles from resin in silicone mold



💡TIP: If you find you have a lot of fine microbubbles, you can sprinkle a little fine glitter over the surface of the resin.  This will mimic the bubbles and create a sparkly effect.

sprinkle fine glitter into clear resin to help minimize look of bubbles



Starting in the center of the flower, create 5-6 rows of petal shapes using the piping bag. The shape of the petal and design of the flower is completely up to you. 
💡TIP: If you need some inspiration, use a photo of your favorite flower or a real life flower as reference!

create a row of petals with white resin
create a second and third row of petals with white resin
add last row of white petals into clear resin



💡TIP: You'll notice the white resin will start to sink. Touch up as needed, if you missed a spot or notice the white has sunk too much. 

touch up white petals with piping bag of white resin


Use the heat gun once more and then allow the resin to sit for a few minutes.


use heat gun to remove bubbles from 3D flower resin coaster



Dip a toothpick into the resin at the center of the mold to get a little purple resin on the tip. Insert the toothpick at the edge of the mold and drag it towards the center.  Repeat this step at even intervals until you have 12 evenly spaced lines all the way around the center. 

dip toothpick in centre of 3D resin flower to shape the petals
drag toothpick across 3D resin flower design to shape the petals
shape the flower petal in resin 3D flower by dragging toothpick through the resin drag toothpick to make even lines throughout resin coaster to shape 3D flower petals



If you see empty spaces, touch up the petals with a little more white resin from the piping bag.

use piping bag of white resin to touch up resin coaster



Use the heat gun one more time to eliminate surface bubbles.

use heat gun to remove any last bubbles before curing resin




Cover with a dustcover and leave it until the next day. 


place dust cover over resin 3D flower coasters to protect from dust while curing




When you first remove the coasters from the mold, you'll notice that the resin is bendy.  This is because it hasn't finished curing yet.  It needs to sit somewhere perfectly flat, for up to a week, to cure completely. 

💡TIP:  If you want to transform the coaster into a trinket dish, find a shallow plastic bowl to lay the bendy resin into. Allow it to cure and after a few days, it will take on the shape of the bowl. 

remove 3D resin flower coasters from mold after 24 hours
resin coaster will be bendy when you first remove it from the mold. it will harden after a few days
allow resin coasters to lay flat until they are fully cured



Once your coasters have cured, they are ready to use, to gift or to sell as part of your own resin business!  Each one is a unique work of art: you can leave them as they are or you can use a gold leaf paint marker to finish off the edges for a little extra sparkle.


Read if you can use artresin to make coasters and hot plates!


We hope you've enjoyed learning how to create stunning 3D Flower Coasters.  Please leave any questions in the comments below and our customer service team will be happy to get back to you!

 

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ArtResin: Made For Artists, By Artists.

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What Resin Art Sells the Best & Where to Sell Resin Art?

Posted on 19 Aug 17:17

Epoxy resin is a highly versatile material that can be poured onto a surface or molded into shapes to create a wide variety of art projects. Whether you’re making wall art, jewelry, trays, coasters, tumblers or river tables  - epoxy resin adds a shiny touch to them all!


If you’re an artist or a hobbyist with an entrepreneurial spirit, you can create extra income by making and selling resin crafts.


All you need to start up your resin business is some strategy and a bit of marketing to get your crafts in front of potential buyers.


Is There A Demand for Resin Crafts?


The resin industry is booming
, with many people starting to discover the beautiful and diverse world of resin art. Part of the appeal is resin’s versatility, giving epoxy resin DIYers and artists the ability to easily create handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces.

According to a recent market research study, the epoxy resin market earned around US $9.1 billion in revenue in 2021. By 2028, it is projected to gain nearly US $14.7 billion in returns. These figures prove how lucrative the epoxy resin industry is for artists and hobbyists who want to increase their earnings. 


Is it profitable?


The quick answer is - yes!
 The resin art market is still relatively small but is growing at a rapid pace. Those able to capture even a small portion of this market can expect to see considerable profits as their small resin business grows. In time, there could be opportunities for specialization and niche products too. 

In short, the business prospects for resin art crafters and suppliers are more than you can imagine. 

So, when it comes to selling your resin art, where should you start?



1. Build Your Niche


One way to build your resin art business is to focus on a specific type of craft
 and to put in the time to build your unique design style and techniques. For example, you could specialize in creating jewelry, sculptures, coasters, charcuterie boards or other home decor ideas.

Once you have developed your signature style, customers will be drawn to your work because they know they can depend on high quality workmanship from you. This will make it easier to market and sell your epoxy resin projects and expand your product lineup in the future.

2. Buy Your Resin Art Supplies


You don’t really need that much to get started with resin art.
 In fact, you can get started with a few basic supplies, like 
resin and hardener, mold making material, pigments and epoxy resin accessories

Find a trusted and reputable resin supplier that offers high-quality products at reasonable prices. Cheap alternatives can be toxic, dangerous for your health, and can turn yellow after some time, turning your customers away in the long run. 

You will also want to ensure that your supplier offers a wide range of products, so you can find everything you need in one place.

3. Build a Strong Online Presence


Online visibility is critical for any business
, especially for small craft businesses, where visual appeal is a key selling point. 

Instagram, Pinterest, and other visual-centric platforms are great places to start building your online presence. Make sure to post high-quality images of your work, as well as helpful blog posts and tutorials.

4. Be Consistent


Above all, the most important factor in determining the success of your resin business is being consistent.
 This means putting in the work on a regular basis, even during those moments you don't feel like it.  Whether that's creating more inventory, updating your website or posting social media campaigns, this consistency lets your target market know they can rely on you and goes a long way to build a sense of trust and loyalty.





Where To Sell Resin Art?


You can sell and promote your epoxy resin projects on popular social media channels like Instagram and Facebook.
 TikTok and Pinterest are also suitable platforms for marketing your work and products with attractive images and high-res videos.
 

In addition, you can create your own unique e-commerce website or sell your products on Amazon Handmade, eBay, Etsy, Shopify or similar online sales channels that are popular in your target region.

Apart from the web, you can leverage the power of word-of-mouth to sell your epoxy resin creations offline. 

For more ideas on where to sell your resin crafts, visit our blog post How to Make Money as an Artist.


What Resin Art Sells Best?


Below are some resin art ideas that are currently on-trend in the epoxy resin market.


10 Best Resin Ideas To Sell

 

1. Resin Keychain Art


People love carrying around a little piece of handmade art that represents their personality, such as resin keychains. You can also decorate your bags and purses with them. Keychains are small and relatively inexpensive to make and are a perfect starting point for epoxy resin beginners who want to start selling their crafts. 

The ideas for resin keychain art are endless, from personalized letters to mesmerizing alcohol ink effects and embedded dried flowers.


how to make a resin keychain

 



2. Resin Coasters

 


People who like spending time with friends and family at home are always on the lookout for unique and eye-catching home decor items. Most of them are also willing to pay a premium for a beautiful, handcrafted set of coasters. 

People love buying them as a gift for their loved ones too.

Whether you create a mosaic with glass tiles, make a petri dish, coat a stone tile or slice of wood, coasters are a simple and fun way to get creative with epoxy resin. They are relatively easy to make and can be sold individually or in sets. 

With a bit of practice, you can churn out a batch of coasters in no time!

Read more here about How To Make A Resin Coaster DIY.

ArtResin - Glass Mosaic Coaster

 



3. Resin Jewelry

 


The trend for delicate, minimalist jewelry shows no signs of slowing down, and resin jewelry is the perfect way to tap into this market.

From resin earrings, charms, resin necklace pendants, and bracelets, the ideas for handmade jewelry are unlimited. Try experimenting with colored pigments, glitter and dyes, pouring them into silicone molds and bezels. Add attachments like hooks, pins, beads and gems to make your crafts stand out. 

If you love ArtResin epoxy resin, note that it is best for making certain types of jewelry, where the resin is poured into pendants. It may not be appropriate for pieces that are meant to be worn without a substrate (e.g., a bangle). 

how to make resin jewelry

 

Learn how to resin jewelry!


4. Resin Geode Art


Inspired by rock formations found in nature, geode resin art is incredibly popular, and for good reason. 

This type of artwork is created by placing crushed glass and crystals alongside tinted resin to recreate the look of natural rock. Using pigments and mica powder, you can create resin geodes in any color palette you wish, adding decorative elements like glitter and metallic paint for a luxurious finish.

The result is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art, perfect for home decor.

If geode art excites you, check out How To Make Resin Geode Art.

resin geode art epoxy resin mica powder glitter crushed glass crystals


5. Resin Bookmarks


A thin, flat mold, epoxy resin and colorants are all you need for crafting beautiful bookmarks that sell like crazy!


how to make a resin bookmark



6. Resin Tumbler

Transform a boring old mug into a fun, personalized tumbler and sell it! 

 

From glitter tumblers to marbled and striped patterns, epoxy resin will give your drinking cup a unique character.

 

Read our step-by-step guide on How To Make A Resin Tumbler DIY.

 

how to make a resin tumbler


7. Resin Charcuterie Board


Charcuterie boards are very popular with those who love to entertain. 


A charcuterie platter is a simple-to-prepare show-stopper, delivering big on both flavor and looks. You can give your food boards a high-gloss or matte finish.

Making your own one-of-a-kind epoxy resin charcuterie wooden board is definitely fun and sellable. Select a board from a durable, hard type of wood, like walnut, maple, cherry, or ash, and get started!

 

Check out How To Make A Resin Charcuterie Board step-by-step by woodworking artist Jordan Codack.

 

how to make a resin charcuterie board




8. Resin Tray


Tiered resin trays are a simple yet elegant way to display desserts, cupcakes, appetizers or hors d'oeuvres


Whether you prefer the look of two-tier or three-tier trays, handcrafted epoxy resin stands are beautiful, easy to make and totally customizable to match the color theme of a baby shower, wedding or special event.

You can create marbled effects or make impressive trays with dried flowers, gold leaves and glitter. Be sure they will sell off!

Read here How To Make A Tiered Resin Tray.

epoxy resin tiered tray dried flowers gold leaf



9. Ocean Resin Art


Create beautiful, realistic beach art using just tinted epoxy resin and a hairdryer and impress your customers!

Epoxy resin’s clarity, consistency and gloss replicate the look of water in a way you simply can't get with any other medium.

Ocean art is suitable for coasters or river tables. It gives a feeling of motion and depth to these functional items we use every day. Beautiful, deep ocean blues contrast with white wave crests against a sandy shore that will make you want to dive right in.

Learn How To Make Ocean Resin Art and see your sales rise!



10. Resin Petri Dish

Petri dishes are colorful, mesmerizing, easy to prepare, and customers love them!

 

Learn here How To Make A Resin Petri Dish with the expert in epoxy resin petri dishes, Josie Lewis.

 



The Bottom Line


The epoxy resin art market is growing rapidly, offering the opportunity to ambitious artists and DIYers just like you to put your own, unique stamp on it.

With a bit of effort and the right tools on hand, you will be able to generate some extra money while practicing your hobby.  What’s better than that? ;) 

 

Don't forget to read our resin art guide!

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Does ArtResin Have A Coupon Code?

Posted on 17 Aug 12:16

Does ArtResin offer discounts, coupons or Black Friday sales?



No, ArtResin does not offer special promotions, coupons or Black Friday discounts. To learn why, please read on...


We are proud that ArtResin is the safest, highest quality epoxy resin on the market.
 We've never been willing to sacrifice on safety or quality and 
ArtResin is carefully priced to reflect the costs associated with this.

To be honest, it costs a lot to manufacture a product like ArtResin, but when you're uncompromising in safety and quality, things cost more. Value comes in many different forms, however, and when you purchase ArtResin, we want you to feel confident that you're getting the best value for your money. Here are 4 ways we provide value -- they are the principles that set ArtResin apart from the rest since the beginning: 

  1. Safety: ArtResin is non-toxic, contains no solvents and produces no fumes or VOCs. We have the test results to back it up.
  2. Quality: We only use the highest grade raw materials. We never add in cheap fillers to stretch out our formula.
  3. Made For Artwork: ArtResin was formulated by artists to meet the creative needs of artists.
  4. Product Support: When it comes to customer service, instructional blogs, how-to videos and inspirational social media posts, we got you. 

 

Let's take a closer look at each of these:

 

 

ArtResin may be more expensive than some other resins, but we firmly believe that safety is worth every penny. The unfortunate truth is that most epoxy resins on the market are really bad for you. They use ingredients that can burn your skin, cause cancer, reproductive harm, and respiratory damage. The damage they cause can be irreversible. 


When Dave and I first started our foray into resin for our own artwork, we found ourselves frustrated that everything was so dreadfully toxic. So, we sought the help of a chemist to develop a resin formula that wouldn’t give us headaches and could be used at home with kids and pets around. It didn’t exist at that time, but we knew there must be other artists who were also looking for a safe resin.
 

Our goal of a safe, crystal clear resin was simple, but not necessarily simple to achieve. In fact, we devoted much of our resources and years of our time testing formulas and sourcing ingredients until our standards were met. Once we felt the ArtResin formula was perfect enough to use ourselves, we had it 3rd party tested for safety so we could confidently share it with other artists.


ArtResin contains no fillers or solvents that can cause headaches, respiratory distress and other toxic effects:  It has a low odor and, because everything in the ArtResin formula bonds together chemically, it releases NO VOCs and no fumes that can damage your lungs. Once cured, ArtResin is completely inert and is safe for food contact. We can back these claims up with independent, 3rd party testing certifications. To this day, we continue to test ArtResin across worldwide safety standards so that artists across the globe can use it with confidence.


Dave and I also felt it was important to make ArtResin's Safety Data Sheet transparent and accessible so you can feel confident about its safety too. ArtResin's SDS (like any SDS) outlines precautions such as personal protective measures when using the product, potential skin or eye irritation and first aid procedures. It advises on the chemical properties of the ingredients, as well as safe storage, handling, transport and disposal considerations. 


In our SDS, you will never find the scary skin corrosion or skull and cross bone pictograms you see in most other epoxy resin Safety Data Sheets. And unlike many companies who only supply their SDS upon request (and sometimes don't even do that), ArtResin's SDS is available on our website, and has been since Day 1.

The bottom line is that the resin you're using shouldn't hurt you. Do you know if your epoxy resin brand is safe?  Learn how to spot the red flags in our blog How Dangerous Is Your Epoxy Resin?



 



ArtResin is an exceptionally clear epoxy resin that offers long term clarity and protection. We are able to achieve this because we use the highest quality raw materials, and test each one for purity before introducing it into a batch of product.


ArtResin's price is based on the cost of the materials it takes to produce it. 
We do not inflate the cost of our product so that we can turn around and put it on sale. Using safe and effective ingredients costs more and, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. 


On the other hand, something you will never find in our product is cheap filler to stretch out the formula and drive down the cost. Here are some important things to know about filler:

  • Most commercial resins on the market contain filler and diluents: These fillers are almost always solvents, which makes these products toxic.
  • Most fillers and diluents are non-reactive: This means they don't bond with the other ingredients in the formula and have nowhere to go except release as VOCs and fumes into the air. Not only is this a serious health hazard, but it also causes shrinkage in the cured resin.
  • Cheap fillers are often flammable: If the instruction manual advises you not to use a flame torch due to flammability, BEWARE!
  • Cheap epoxy resin may seem like good value, but will cost you in other ways:  Cheap epoxy resins can ruin your artwork and, more importantly, harm your health.

The most important guiding principle at ArtResin is that our products are the best they can be. ArtResin contains no filler or solvents, experiences zero shrinkage, is non-flammable in its liquid form and is classified as non-hazardous.

We want to ensure the safety of the artists who use ArtResin and protect the artwork made with it. 


does artresin ever go on sale



 

ArtResin is different than other epoxy resins on the market. Specifically formulated to meet the creative needs of artists and crafters, ArtResin prioritizes ease of use, longterm clarity and superior protection against UV yellowing. 

We decided to develop ArtResin after learning the hard way that even the best epoxy resins on the market came with big problems: they had complicated mixing ratios, a short working time, they were difficult to work with, and they could only be used outdoors due to their noxious odor and fumes.  These resins ruined our artwork with bubbles, cloudy cures, gloss loss, cracking, delamination and, of course, yellowing.

In addition to safety and quality, our list of resin non-negotiables included:

  • Low odor: to work indoors without stinking out the house or studio.
  • 1:1 ratio by volume: an easy to follow mixing ratio that didn't require math formulas or weighing each component.
  • 45 minute working time: enough time to prepare and apply the product, and the ability to coat several pieces in one batch without the resin getting too thick to work with.
  • Medium viscosity: a perfect, honey-like consistency that was thin enough to self-level and spread with ease, but thick enough to control.
  • Bubble reduction: degassing agents built in so that bubbles released to the surface, plus a non-flammable formula that could withstand a flame torch.
  • UV protection: a proprietary blend of both UV and HALS light stabilizers to make it doubly effective against UV damage. ArtResin diminishes the yellowing process at the outset making it much more difficult for yellowing to occur. 

Any artist thinking of using resin over their artwork should choose a product that has been formulated for creative purposes to save themselves money, effort and time. Namely, it should be UV light stabilized, deemed non-toxic when used as directed, have an easy to use formula and produce a gorgeous, glossy finish. 

Which resin offers all of that?
It's easy ... ArtResin.

ArtResin is the best epoxy resin for artwork.





We believe that proper customer service and product guidance year round brings far greater value to our customers than the occasional promotion. 
Here are all the ways that we offer support:


1. Customer service:

  • Call Us: Speak to a real, live, super nice human anytime Monday-Friday between 9:30AM - 4:30PM EST by calling 1-877-401-4001. If we happen to miss you, leave us a voice message and we'll call you back.  Promise.
  • Write Us: Send us a message at support@artresin.com or through the Contact Us page on our website.  We'll get back to you by the next business day. 


2. FAQs
: We have over 100 of the most common resin questions on our website. If you've asked it, it's almost guaranteed that we answered it.


3. Blogs: 
We have hundreds of blogs on every subject you can think of, including working with resin, troubleshooting, how-to projects, artist profiles, resin tips, and more. Really! And, if we missed something, let us know what you'd like us to cover next! You can also can get in touch with customer service by leaving a blog comment and we'll answer you there.


4. Videos:  
If you're a visual learner, check out our almost 1000 YouTube videos that will inspire, teach and entertain you. Search by most recent uploads or by category including 101 basics, How To Projects, Artist Profiles, and language playlist including Spanish, German, French and Italian. Leave a question or comment to connect with our YouTube community or with our customer service department.


5. Social Media:
Get social with us on all the major platforms including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and PinterestArtResin's social media is a great place for resin tips, exclusive project videos, artist profiles, product news, online giveaways and so much more.


6. Newsletter:
Sign up for our E-Newsletter to receive our free Guide To Gorgeous Resin, plus all the latest ArtResin news. Our newsletter goes out every 2 weeks -- you have our word that we'll never spam you.

 

Connect with us through customer service, on our blogs and videos or on our social media platforms. Join our online community of artists to share ideas, conversation, and to make the world a more creative place.





Why have I seen ArtResin coupons, promo & discount codes online?



Unfortunately, certain online companies have co-opted the ArtResin name
to advertise a promo code, online coupon or discount. It's confusing, we know, but we can assure you that we have no affiliation with these organizations and that the codes are not valid.  

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At the end of the day, when you factor in the quality, the safety, the performance and the customer support, ArtResin epoxy resin is an absolute value for the cost.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. If you are already an ArtResin customer, thank you!  If you have not used ArtResin, we hope we've given you four great reasons to encourage you to give it a try!

 

ArtResin:  Made By Artists, For Artists.

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Art Challenge: Can I Complete 52 Paintings In A Year?

Posted on 16 Aug 13:25

Hey friends, it's Rebecca from ArtResin and I have a confession to make… 


In January, I set a personal goal to paint 52 paintings in 2022 and so far, I'm not doing very well!!! As embarrassing as this is to share, I'm going to be completely honest: as of May (when I finally got started), I'd completed 0 paintings towards my goal.


I want to make time to do this, to create art. I love to paint. It's something that's meaningful to me and rewarding in so many ways but, as most people can relate, life is busy. As a business owner and a mom to two young kids, finding spare time to paint often feels like an impractical luxury. 

But here's the thing...
In December, I want to look back on 2022 and know that I'd spent my time being productive in a way that makes my heart happy. I finally just asked myself, "Am I going to do this or not?"

So this is it. I made the decision and I am doing it!
 I'm reclaiming my time and prioritizing making 52 paintings by the end of the year. It feels a bit overwhelming, but I'm actually really excited about it.



My 52 in 2022 Art Challenge guidelines


To keep me on track (and to allow for a little flexibility) I established a few rules:

  • Big or small, the size of the painting doesn't matter.
  • This is my chance to play around and experiment with different art styles.
  • Diptychs and triptychs count as 2 or 3 paintings, respectively.
  • My kids are allowed to collaborate on a painting with me.
  • Completing half finished art counts!
  • Each piece needs to be resined before it can be considered complete.

 

How To Follow Along With The Art Challenge


I'm going to bring you guys along for the ride! You're going to see me paint 52 paintings and that accountability is going to help me stay in momentum. I'd love for you to follow along with me: I'm going to update this blog with each new painting and I'll also be sharing on our Instagram and YouTube accounts. 


I encourage you to join the challenge with me - it's not too late!  Be sure to tag your work with #52in22artchallenge so I can support you too.


By the way, if you want to read more about why setting personal goals like this can be such a game changer, check out our blog 10 Ways A Goal Can Make You A Better Artist.

Here's how the challenge started:

 



And here's how it's going :)

My 52 Paintings


1. Blue Nude, 36 x 36”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


This painting was inspired by a sculpture I saw (and loved) when I was in New York City. I worked from a photo I took, uploading it to a program in my iPad and outlining the sculpture's shape. Next, I projected the line work (using my Nebula projector) onto a wood panel that I'd mounted on the wall, tracing it in pencil. I went for a simple but bold, monochromatic blue. Just wait 'til you see what it looks like with a coat of ArtResin on it!

Blue Nude acrylic on wood panel



Watch the timelapse from start to finish!

 


2. XOXO, 24 x 24”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


I painted this piece for my daughter. Using the projector once again, I outlined a fun floral pattern onto a wood panel and on top of that, I traced out an XO pattern using vinyl cutouts. Next, I filled the whole piece in with a cute pink and blue color palette.  

I'm happy with this painting. Problem is, it took a whole week - and with 50 paintings left to go, I ain’t got time for that!  

paint 52 paintings in 1 year



Here's how this painting came together:

 


3. Lava Forest, 24 x 36”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


I have to give my son credit for the inspiration for this next painting. He came home with a drawing from school and it looked just like this.  As the story goes, it's lava in a forest. I thought the colors were great so I thought I'd use it as inspiration for painting number 3. 

Make a painting from a kid's drawing



Watch me paint Lava Forest:


 

4. Millennial House Plant, 24 x 36”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


So for painting number 4, I took inspiration from another painting. As you can see, I changed it around quite a bit: I color blocked the design, I smoothed out the lines, and changed up the border, but it's still referencing someone else’s artwork.

Would you consider this an original piece or am I copying too much? 
Let me know what you think in the comments below.

 
if you use another person's art for inspiration, is it considered copying?



5. Newfoundland Horizon, 24 x 48”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


I took a little time off this summer and went to Newfoundland and, as a result, I didn't do much painting. So for piece 5, I thought I'd paint something without a lot of detail that I could get done fairly quickly. I thought I'd use the color palette and ocean views of Newfoundland as my inspiration. 

 
how to paint an abstract landscape painting




6. Graffiti Floral, 36 x 36”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel 


So the thing about doing 52 paintings in the space of about 7 months is that when you have any idea at all, it’s good enough!  For my next piece, I painted some graffiti inspired roses, but after I was finished, I wasn't sure if the painting was done or not. I just wasn't sure what else to do with it...

Do you have any suggestions for me?  I'd love to hear your ideas!
 

How do you know if your painting is finished?



 

7. Finding Water, 12 x 18”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel 


Here’s what I learned with this painting: first, abstract without a clear plan is hard and second, I actually think that painting small is hard. I find it easier to go big. In any case, I didn't want to overwork it, so I called it done. I'm happy with it, but I'm curious to hear your thoughts ....

Do you prefer abstract or realistic?  Do you think smaller pieces are easier or harder to paint?

is abstract or realism more difficult to paint?



August Art Challenge Update


It's now mid-August, over halfway through 2022, and I haven't yet reached the 20% mark. I really need to kick this challenge up into high gear if I'm going to hit my goal of 52 paintings by the end of the year!!! Gah!

I'll be honest, sometimes I feel like painting and sometimes I don't. With this challenge, painting has felt a little bit forced at times, but let's be real: it's always more fun when you feel inspired with a great idea and you just can't wait to paint it!

What I am happy with so far is that, because I'm going with any little bit of inspiration that hits me, the paintings all look really different. I've found that I've come up with some new stuff and tried out some new styles which is a GREAT side effect of this challenge!


Watch me resin 3 large paintings


It's ArtResin time! Remember, I'm not allowed to count these paintings towards my goal until they're ArtResined. So, with a little help from Tracey and Tonya, I'm going to give these first 3 paintings a shiny coat of ArtResin to finish them off. 

I love how my paintings immediately pop as soon as the resin hits them: the colors get brighter and the whole thing just comes to life. If you ask me, resin makes paintings look way more professional and impressive. If you're an artist and you haven't yet resined your paintings, you have to try it out!  


Read more about how to resin large paintings in our blog How To Resin A Large Piece Of Art.

 

Take a look to see how a glossy coat of ArtResin makes a painting instantly come to life.



 

 

8. Dot, Dot, Dot, 12 x 12”, acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel


Some art pieces you do because you want the final look and some art pieces you do because you like the process.  This was a very methodical, meditative process for me - it was just dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot!

Here's the end result.

how to paint a pointillism piece


What do you think ... am I going to make my deadline?
Stay tuned to find out and to see all the paintings to come!


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@amandafine_art Is Our Instagram Winner!

Posted on 14 Aug 11:34

Congratulations to artist Amanda Flippin, our latest Instagram winner!  Based in Wylie, TX, Amanda combines ArtResin with a variety of paints and inks to create large format, mixed media abstacts.



Amanda's love of creating prompted her to pursue art at the college level. She says: "One year of art in college taught me some cool things outside of my own skill set [but] it didn’t allow for the artistic freedom I craved, so I went a different path and continued doing the art I enjoyed in my spare time."  A personal trainer, wellness center manager and new mom, Amanda began selling her art pieces on the side; she became so successful that her art business is now a main income source.

Amanda experimented with many different mediums over the years, but when she discovered resin art a few years after college, it quickly became her favorite: "It just makes the artwork pop, look pristine, gives the pieces depth, and because of that, it allows my pieces speak each person on an individual basis. Everyone sees something different and is inspired in unique way. It invokes different emotions for each person, and I love that the ArtResin allows for people to actually touch and feel the artwork, not just stare at it from afar."





In addition to pouring abstract paintings, Amanda often integrates her resin work into exotic wood tables and sculptures created by Doc of The Wright Edge"ArtResin elevates each piece, making it more than just a painting on the wall or a basic river table. Instead the table now becomes art, a statement piece, a family heirloom unlike any other they will ever come across again."

 

When creating a commissioned piece, Amanda typically consults with the client regarding color, size and the feel they are looking for, sometimes making samples first.  Amanda preps her wood panels, mixes and tints the resin and then strategically pours them to achieve the desired look and texture. Once the pours are complete, Amanda does the finer detailed work such as metallic embellishments and additional pops of color. 

Amanda says: "My signature, unless requested otherwise, are the drips down the sides of the canvas. They add character and let’s everyone know this is a custom REAL piece of art, not just something store bought. The best part is each piece is truly 100% one of a kind and can’t be replicated. There will never be another piece in the world like yours. Upon delivery, I also providing the hanging hardware, as these pieces aren’t light and I want to make the process convenient and complete for my clients."

 

 



Amanda hopes her work can be passed down through family generations, evoking a sense of happiness and revitalizing a sense of creativity and imagination. She loves "the joy of seeing others captivated by the swirls of color and the ability to share a little piece of myself with the world."

 




Amanda currently sells her work through her Instagram page. Her pieces are also displayed at Greater Than Performance and Rehab in Dallas, TX where she donates 10% of all pieces sold to The Greater Than Foundation.


To see more of Amanda's art:
Follow her on Instagram: @amandafine_art


Congratulations on your win, Amanda!

To celebrate our amazing resin artists, every month we send out a 32 oz kit to a couple of folks who have tagged us on Instagram—and then we share their work with the world! 



Don't forget, tag YOUR ArtResin work with @art_resin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next winner!!


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Resin Geode Art Tips & Tricks

Posted on 3 Aug 15:58

What Is Resin Geode Art?

 

Resin geode art uses crystals and tinted epoxy resin to recreate the look of natural geode and agate rock. Metallic pigments, glitter, glass and gemstones can be added to the resin to create sparkling color palettes and custom designs. This versatility makes it a popular art form for both beginners and advanced artists. 


The beauty of resin art lies in the details: the color combinations, the layering of the resin, the crystal placement, the glitter embellishments and paint lines all work together to create an overall sense of depth, balance and symmetry. 


Artist Shilpi Patel is back to share a few of the tips and techniques she uses to create these precise detail in her geode pieces including:

  1. How to place and adhere crystals, glass or semi-precious stones to a panel.
  2. How to easily tint glass crystals to the color of your choice.
  3. How to create thin and clean glitter lines.
  4. How to test if a paint color is compatible before applying it to your piece.


Start with Shilpi's quick tips and then move on to her full step-by-step resin geode tutorial: Shilpi's expertise and guidance will give you a clear understanding of geode art, inspiring you to create stunning resin geodes of your own. 


Let's get started!






4 Resin Geode Art Tips:


Tip 1: How to place and adhere glass crystals

Place the crystals, glass, stones or rock you're planning to use on the wood panel, without the resin.

place clear glass crystals on panel to create resin geode


Play around with the shape
using a flat paintbrush until you're happy with what you have in front of you. 

use wide paintbrush to move glass crystals on geode resin panel


Prepare a small amount of resin and hardener and drizzle it lightly over the crystals. Use a gloved finger to remove any excess that may seep out from under the crystals. Once the resin cures, the crystals will stay in place - it's as simple as that!

drizzle resin over geode glass crystals



Tip 2: How to custom tint glass crystals using alcohol ink


If you can't find the specific shade of glass or stones that you need, use a little alcohol ink to custom tint them. 
Place clear crystals in a small plastic cup, add a few drops of alcohol ink and mix the color in thoroughly.  A little goes a long way, so always start with less than you think you need.






Alcohol ink is a very effective colorant to tint glass crystals: it provides richly saturated color, is waterproof and dries quickly. 




Tip 3: How to create thin, clean glitter lines with a ziploc bag


Apply thin, clean glitter lines using a zip loc bag
if you don't have access to a syringe.  To start, place a small amount of clear resin into a small cup, and mix in the glitter of your choice.

adding glitter to resin for resin geode art details


Scrape the resin into a ziploc bag placed into a plastic cup, similar to how you might fill a cake decorating bag. 

scrape glitter resin into ziploc bag

 


Snip a very small hole in the corner
 of the ziploc bag and you have your very own DIY piping bag.  
It works great for creating those nice, fine glitter lines! Remember, it's best to start with a thin line: the resin will spread out as it self-levels and your glitter line will get a little thicker.  

squeeze thin line of glitter resin onto geode art
squeeze glitter resin details over geode art panel
glitter resin carried onto sides of resin geode art



Tip 4: Keep the resin run-off scraps to test paint color


Hang on to those colorful scrap pieces of resin run-off from the curing process!  They are a great way to test out paint colors (whether you're using an acrylic paint marker or paint and a brush) to see if they match the overall color scheme of your piece.

There are often some subtle differences between tints (especially different shades of white and gold).  Testing out on the resin run-off is a great way to see which paint option best matches your piece, without committing!  




We hope you found these tips helpful and you feel inspired to create your own custom geode art.

To learn how to make a resin geode, from start to finish, please check out Shilpi's tutorial How To Resin Geode Art.  
To see more of Shilpi's geode work, follow her on Instagram: @shilpiscanvas

 

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!



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