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How To Resin Pencil Crayon

Posted on 14 Aug 15:07
Covering your pencil crayon drawing in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes pencil crayon drawings next level, sealing and protecting them with a professional looking finish and a glossy sheen that makes colour pop!

We love using our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin - you can mount your artwork and pour your resin directly in the panel!  With a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges.

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your pencil crayon drawing will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:


  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a pencil crayon drawing sized to fit the panel 
  • sealant ( brush on or spray sealant )
  • glue stick
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Complete your pencil crayon drawing on paper sized to fit the panel. 







Seal your artwork using either a spray sealant or a brush on sealant as we did. 


A Note On Sealing:

We always recommend testing your particular materials out with ArtResin on a scrap piece so you know exactly what to expect before you resin your final project.  There are certain cases, however, when sealing your work prior to resining is required ....

  • Sealing over low quality paper.  It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying ArtResin over soft or low quality paper that may otherwise absorb the resin, causing dark, wet spots in your work or causing your work to bleed.

  • Sealing over loose material.  With a medium like chalk pastel or charcoal, or when resining over a loose material like glitter, you want to be mindful of loose particles that might get mixed up and float away in your liquid resin. For peace of mind, you can certainly err on the side of caution and seal your artwork first - use a spray fixative rather than a brush on sealant.  

  • Sealing the wood panel. Being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant ( or even painting them with acrylic paint ) is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.    


Mount your work directly to the panel using adhesive. We like using either a glue stick or spray adhesive.





For best results, smooth the drawing out with your hands or a brayer to ensure that it's evenly mounted to the panel, with no air pockets.




2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.

👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a 12" x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10oz total resin ( 5oz resin and 5oz hardener ).






3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.




4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and 
spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!



5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.



6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 





7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.





We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:


@lindaklippensteinart is our #ArtResin Winner For July!

Posted on 13 Aug 12:23

Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to someone who has used the #artresin hashtag on Instagram ... and then we share their work with the world!  

Congratulations to Linda Klippenstein ... our lucky winner for July!

We love being able to see all of the wonderful ways artists around the world get creative with ArtResin!  Abbotsford, BC artist Linda Klippenstein is a great example, having mastered many different resin techniques: from flow art to wood art to layering to marbling, Linda does it all.




Linda expertly poured 7 layers of resin and added metallic shimmer to make this gorgeous wood slab glow.



We are in love with these perfectly marbled charcuterie boards!





A gorgeous colour palette and layers of acrylic paint and ArtResin - beautiful.

 



Linda's gorgeous West Coast series inspired by the natural beauty of BC's coastal landscape.







Ok, now this is brilliant! Linda saves her resin drips and applies them to her paintings to add texture and interest - how wonderfully creative is that?



Love the look of resin drips coated in a layer of ArtResin. 



Congratulations on your win, Linda!

To see more:
Check out Linda's website:  www.linda.klippenstein.ca
Follow Linda on Instagram: @lindaklippensteinart


Don't forget ... hashtag YOUR resin work with #artresin on Instagram, and YOU could be our next monthly winner!!!

 


How To Resin A Paper Collage

Posted on 09 Aug 12:54
Covering your collage artwork in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes a collage next level, sealing and protecting it with a professional looking finish that gives depth and makes texture pop!

We love using our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin - paint them, stain them or leave them as they are ... then mount your artwork and pour your resin directly in the panel!  With a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your collage artwork will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 


Supplies:


  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel, painted or stained as desired
  • construction paper ( or collage piece to fit the panel )
  • a glue stick
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Using construction paper, tear or cut your paper in strips or shapes as desired. Mount the paper, gluing one by one with a glue stick, directly onto the wooden panel to create your paper collage.





2. Apply sealant of choice: you can use a spray sealant or a brush-on sealant like ModPodge as we did. Allow sealant to dry thoroughly.






A Note On Sealing:

 

We always recommend testing your particular materials out with ArtResin on a scrap piece so you know exactly what to expect before you resin your final project.  There are certain cases, however, when sealing your work prior to resining is required ....

  • Sealing over low quality paper.  It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying ArtResin over softer paper that may absorb the resin, causing dark, wet spots in your work or causing your work to bleed. We also recommend sealing over matte photo paper which may absorb the resin ( as opposed to glossy paper which allows the resin to sit on top ). 

  • Sealing over loose material.  With chalk pastel or charcoal, you want to be mindful of loose dust that might get mixed up and float away in your liquid resin. For peace of mind, you can certainly err on the side of caution and seal your artwork first with a spray fixative.

  • Sealing the wood panel. Being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing the panels with a spray or brush-on sealant ( or even acrylic paint ) is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable. 

 
3. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.

👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a 12" x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10oz total resin ( 5oz resin and 5oz hardener ).






4. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.




5. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!





6. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.






6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 



7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.




We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:


ArtResin Featured Artist - Jane Monteith

Posted on 25 Jul 16:01
We are so happy to introduce you to our next Featured Artist ... Jane Monteith!

Jane is a contemporary artist based near Barrie, Ontario who works primarily with resin and alcohol ink on yupo paper. Through her many YouTube tutorials, online courses and her incredibly popular Mod Mini art squares, Jane has quickly established herself as THE go-to for alcohol ink and yupo art.



Jane's Mod Minis are her super fun and super cute one-of-a-kind art miniatures.  They are her most popular pieces - in fact, her inventory changes ( and sells out ) month after month.  







Jane's work is distinctive, characterized by fun patterns and bright bursts of colour. A self-taught artist, she has become a master of technique. Constantly experimenting, Jane uses different brushes, tools and mediums to apply the alcohol ink to yupo to achieve a variety of colour combinations, textures and effects, before piecing it all together to create her artwork.  


A post shared by Jane Monteith (@janelovesdesign) on









For Jane, alcohol ink is the perfect art material: no other medium offers the same vibrancy and deeply saturated colour, through which Jane can express herself in her paintings. Though she starts off with the structure of a colour palette, tools and a vision, alcohol ink truly is a free flowing, uncontrollable medium.  It has taught Jane to release any sense of perfection or control and to enjoy the organic nature of the process, the end result often something completely different than what she had originally envisioned. 
Because alcohol ink has such a short working time, it requires Jane to concentrate solely on her paintings, without distraction. The freedom she allows herself, the ability to immerse herself in her own creative world, brings her joy and happiness everyday.




Jane firmly believes in the importance of community. Supporting other artists,  engaging in conversation, and exchanging ideas helps Jane with her own inspiration. She is so open with her process and hopes that by sharing her successes, she can help other artists experiment and expand their skills as well. She regularly offers online courses, video demos and even offers colour palettes and how-to digital downloads via her Instagram page @janelovescolor.










ArtResin recently paid a visit to Jane's studio to chat with her about her alcohol ink process, creativity and why her goal is to continue making art for the rest of her life.

Enjoy
:)




Check out more of Jane's art at: 

www.janemonteith.com

Follow Jane on social media:
YouTube: Jane Monteith
Instagram: @janelovesdesign


How To Use ArtResin - FREE e-book!

Posted on 23 Jul 12:02

Hey friends, Dave and Rebecca from ArtResin here with some great news!

We've been working hard on our new, FREE e-book, How To Use ArtResin and we can't wait to share it with you!
Our new book will be like having a resin artist right beside you every step of the way, showing you exactly how to apply ArtResin!



As artists, Dave and I fell in love with epoxy resin over 10 years ago. We loved the sleek, glossy, professional looking finish it gave, but we didn't love the toxic fumes or how it yellowed our artwork. So, after collaborating for 3 years with a smart chemist, we came up with ArtResin, a resin formula designed specifically for artistic purposes. 

It's so exciting to share ArtResin with artists around the world and now, we're just as excited to share our free resin book! 
After all, when people get creative, it makes the world better for us all. :)

As with most things in life, resin can take a bit of practice to get it right. How To Use ArtResin includes our very best techniques for a perfect resin pour as well as the knowledge, experience and tips we've learned after over a decade of working with epoxy resin.

Download your free copy of How To Use ArtResin here - you're gonna love it!

Learn, experiment, play, enjoy the process and you'll master it in no time! :)


How To Resin A Metal Print

Posted on 19 Jul 11:13
Covering an aluminum print in a coating of epoxy resin is easy - in fact, ArtResin takes metal prints next level, giving them a professional, glossy finish, deeply saturating the colour and making them look like a million bucks!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your metal print will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • a metal print
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Decide on an image you love and choose a print shop that specializes in metal prints. There are lots to choose from - we ordered an HD Metal Print from online printer PosterJack.  Simply choose your size, upload your image to their website and a beautiful, ready-to-hang metal print will be on its way to your door in no time!




2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a piece of art measuring 12 x 12" requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). 




3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.





4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!








A Note On Doming:

For a real pro finish, try doming your ArtResin, which is simply spreading your ArtResin right to the edge of your piece without going over the sides, allowing it to sit neatly on top of your artwork. 
First, pour your carefully measured and mixed resin in the centre of your piece and using your spreading tool, work the resin slowly outward, gently nudging it to the edge - ArtResin's beautiful, viscous consistency means that it will sit exactly where you want it to. Doming requires no special tools and is an easy technique to master with a little patience and a steady hand - it's one of our favourite techniques here at the ArtResin studio!  
👉TIP: You can tape off the sides as extra insurance the first few times you try doming, but once you get the hang of it, you'll find ( as in our video ) that you don't need to tape at all.  Keep in mind that doming works best on pieces where the edges form a sharp 90 degree corner. 

 




5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.







6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 




7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.




We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:




How To Resin Chalk Pastel

Posted on 17 Jul 09:55
Covering your chalk pastel artwork in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes chalk pastel pieces next level, sealing and protecting them with a professional looking finish and a glossy sheen that makes colour pop!

We love using our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin - you can mount your artwork and pour your resin directly in the panel!  With a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges!

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

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:
  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a chalk pastel piece of artwork sized to fit the panel 
  • adhesive such as white glue, spray adhesive or a glue stick
  • paper and a brayer
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Complete your chalk pastel piece on paper sized to fit the panel. 





Mount your work directly to the panel using an adhesive of your choice: a glue stick, spray adhesive or brush on white glue with a foam brush.  




For best results, place a piece of paper on the surface of your print to protect it, then smooth it out with your hands or a brayer to ensure that it's evenly mounted, with no air pockets.




A Note On Sealing:

 

We always recommend testing your particular materials out with ArtResin on a scrap piece so you know exactly what to expect before you resin your final project.  There are certain cases, however, when sealing your work prior to resining is required ....

  • Sealing over low quality paper.  It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying ArtResin over soft or low quality paper that may otherwise absorb the resin, causing dark, wet spots in your work or causing your work to bleed.

  • Sealing over loose material.  With chalk pastel, you want to be mindful of loose chalk dust that might get mixed up and float away in your liquid resin. For this piece, we chose not to seal and instead made sure we removed as much excess dust as we could by regularly tapping the paper against our work surface. However, for peace of mind, you can certainly err on the side of caution and seal your artwork first with a spray fixative specifically formulated for chalk pastel.  

  • Sealing the wood panel. Being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.    

 
2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.

👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a 12" x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10oz total resin ( 5oz resin and 5oz hardener ).






3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.




4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!




5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.




6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 





7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.




We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:


How To Resin Rocks

Posted on 09 Jul 16:32
Covering rocks ( and other embedded objects ) in ArtResin is easy!
In fact, ArtResin takes embedded artwork next level - not only can you use it as an adhesive to mount your objects, but it also enhances the texture of your collage with a glossy finish that'll make you want to reach out and touch it!


We love using our Wood Art Panels here at ArtResin. You can mount your objects and coat them directly in the panel - they feature a unique raised lip specifically designed to contain resin, making for an easy pour with clean edges!


Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your rock collage will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 


Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • decorative rocks
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. First, assemble your rock collage. You may choose to draw a design outline directly onto the wood panel before you start ( as we did ) or you can simply freehand your design. Either way, glue your rocks to the panel using adhesive or a very small batch of ArtResin ( ArtResin IS an adhesive, the strongest adhesive in the world, in fact.)  Once your collage is complete and all of your rocks have been mounted, allow your piece to sit and dry for at least 24hrs.
👉TIP: being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.   




2. Next, using our 
Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" layer for a 12 x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10 oz total resin ( 5 oz resin and 5 oz hardener ).




3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.





4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a disposable foam brush which will allow you to work around the rocks. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to spread. Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!
👉TIP: Be aware that ArtResin makes items look wet, so it may darken natural objects like rocks, wood, fabric etc. If you test your objects first with water, you'll know exactly what appearance you can expect once you pour on the resin.




5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.




6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out. 




7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  

👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.




We hope you found this informative and helpful!

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:

 


How To Resin Paint Marker

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

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

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

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • acrylic paint markers ( we used Uni Posca paint markers )
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

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







2. 
Wearing gloves, measure accurately 2.5 oz each of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.



3. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with. Read the blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for even more resin tips and techniques!
👉TIP: being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.  





4. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.





5. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.





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





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

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






8. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 




9. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out.
 




10. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.




 

11. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.





We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including:



How To Resin Alcohol Ink

Posted on 06 Jul 14:13
Covering alcohol ink on yupo paper with a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes alcohol ink artwork next level, giving it a glossy finish and deeply saturating the colours to make them pop! 

We love using our wood Art Panels here at ArtResin - it's so easy to mount your work as we did, and because the panel's raised lip is specifically designed to contain resin, they make for a super easy pour, with no chance of overflowing!

Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours your alcohol ink painting will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 




Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • an alcohol ink on yupo paper painting to fit the panel 
  •  ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • spreader or popsicle stick 
  • a handheld torch like our Artist's Torch
  • toothpicks
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box with the flaps cut off to protect your piece while it dries

Steps:

1. Complete your alcohol ink painting on yupo paper. Ensure your painting is completely dry before you apply your resin coat. If necessary, trim your artwork to size and mount it onto the wood art panel using a glue stick or spray adhesive.
👉TIP: For best results, place a piece of paper on the surface of your print to protect it and s
mooth it out with your hands or a brayer to ensure that it's evenly mounted, with no air pockets.






A Note On Sealing:

There are certain cases when sealing your work prior to resining is required:
when applying ArtResin over soft or low quality paper, for example, that may absorb the resin.
If in doubt or for peace of mind, you can never go wrong erring on the side of caution and sealing your artwork first. For this particular project, however, it's not necessary to seal alcohol ink on yupo paper before applying ArtResin for a couple of reasons. Here's why:

  • ArtResin is a sealant. ArtResin is unlike most epoxy resins on the market because it was formulated by artists, specifically for artwork. Alcohol ink is prone to fading, but because we included 2 different types of light stabilizers, ArtResin offers unparalleled protection against UV damage and slows down fading, discolouration and yellowing. You can read more about our proprietary blend of UV light stabilizers in the blog What Are The Benefits Of ArtResin?
  • Yupo paper won't absorb resin.  Sealing is recommended for soft or low quality papers that can absorb ArtResin, leaving dark spots or causing ink or paint to bleed. Yupo paper, however, is synthetic and water-resistant - it won't absorb ArtResin, but rather will allow it to sit on top. ArtResin should not cause your alcohol inks to bleed, as long as your work is completely dry. As always, test your materials with ArtResin on a scrap piece first, so you know exactly what results to expect.
  • Sealing the wood panel. Being an organic material, wood may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, how dry the wood is, humidity etc. Pre-sealing wood with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. We've used these wood panels enough to know that we don't need to pre-seal them, but we always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before you resin your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong by pre-sealing first if it makes you feel more comfortable.    




2. Using our Resin Calculator, simply enter the length and width of your piece to determine how much ArtResin you’ll need.
👉TIP: a standard 1/8" coating for a 12 x 12" panel requires 5 oz resin ( 2.5 oz resin and 2.5 oz hardener ). Measure the lip on your panel as they can vary. The panel in our video, for example, has a 1/4" lip. In order to fill it to the top, you'd use double the amount: 10 oz total resin ( 5 oz resin and 5 oz hardener ).

 



3. Wearing gloves, measure accurately ( by volume ) precisely equal amounts of resin and hardener. Stir thoroughly for 3 minutes total, ensuring you scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing container as you go. 
👉 TIP: for our very best measuring and mixing tips, read the blog How To Measure And Mix Resin And Hardener.





4. Pour the ArtResin onto the centre of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader or a popsicle stick. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.
👉TIP: Read our blog How To Pour And Spread Epoxy Resin for more resin tips and techniques!







5. Using your Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles, keeping the torch moving from side to side at all times. 
👉TIP: if you're nervous about using a torch, don't be! Read our blog with all you need to know about How To Use A Torch On Epoxy Resin.





6. Once the piece has been torched, look at the resin in the light for any missed bubbles, tiny hairs or bits of dust, using a toothpick to fish them out.
 




7. With a plastic tote or a cardboard box ( with the flaps cut off ) cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.



8. After 24hrs has passed, reveal your piece!  
👉TIP: the resin will be dry to the touch at the 24hr mark.  At this point, you're free to hang and admire your artwork on the wall, absolutely, but if you're planning on packing and shipping your artwork, please wait at least 72hrs until the resin has fully cured.





We hope you found this informative and helpful!
Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes as we take you step-by-step on applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art materials including: