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Art Lesson For kids!

Posted on 31 Mar 13:03

 

If you’re like us with kids at home, you might be looking for some educational activities to help keep your kids stimulated and busy. Rebecca was a visual arts teacher for 10 years before creating ArtResin, and we wanted to share with you one of her lesson plans that you can do at home with your kids!

 

 

 

How to draw like Picasso:
An art lesson for kids on disproportion  

 

Children tend to believe that good art has to portray realism. With this project, we can help them break down that assumption and allow them to create without a fear of failure.

This lesson will focus on disproportion, a key element of the principles of design.

Here’s a quick run down:

  1. Start by having your child draw two different shapes on either side of a folded page.
  1. Walk them through the process of adding all the features of the face and encourage them to try wacky combinations.
  1. Finish the drawings by adding a body and any last details they can think of.
  1. On a new larger page, have your child copy their favourite character.
  1. Have your child color in their character on the larger page and if possible, allow them to choose from a variety of mediums.
  1. Finally, have them name the character and sign the character’s name on the page. You might also ask them questions about the character; What does this person like to eat? Where does this character live?

     

    We hope this project inspires you and your little ones to get creative during these challenging times. Art is a great way for all of us to stretch our minds, be present, and learn something new. 


    Amy Derenzy is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!

    Posted on 31 Mar 12:13

     

    To celebrate all the amazing artists staying home and creating, every week we will be sending out a FREE 32oz ArtResin kit to one lucky artist who has tagged us on Instagram, and we'll share their work with the world! 

     

    Congratulations to artist Amy Derenzy, our first weekly winner for April! Amy is a self-taught artist and a full-time registered ICU nurse from Roscommon, Michigan. She is currently on the frontline caring for patients with COVID-19. From all of us at ArtResin, we would like to give you a huge thank you and a big high five for your work at this challenging time.

     

     

     Amy’s ocean art embodies the natural flow and depth of water reaching the shore. She starts by painting a wood panel with acrylic paint to mimic the sea floor.

    Next, she mixes up some ArtResin and adds her desired pigments, then she pours the tinted resin onto her prepared panel. To create the white wave effect, Amy suggests using a mixture of ArtResin and white alcohol ink, AKA Ink Sinker.

    To finish it all off, Amy uses real sand, shells, and stones to bring even more texture and interest to her artwork.

     

     

     

    You can find more of Amy’s work on Instagram @derenzy_designs and on her Facebook page Derenzy Designs, where she showcases and sells her artwork..

     

     

     

    Congratulations on your win, Amy!

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Andrew Farmer is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

    Posted on 31 Mar 12:01

     

    To celebrate all the amazing artists staying home and creating, every week we will be sending out a FREE 32oz ArtResin kit to one lucky artist who has tagged us on Instagram, and we'll share their work with the world! 

     

    Congratulations to artist Andrew Farmer, our second weekly winner for April! Andrew is a self-taught artist living in Perth, Western Australia. This time last year, Andrew says he was close to burning out working in a corporate management role. It was then that he decided to take up painting and within weeks he had quit his job to focus on his passion, art. Now Andrew works as a full-time artist creating amazing conceptual geometric art!

     

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    Humbled to have been selected along with 7 other talented artists for the Aspiring 2020 art project @rainesquare . My piece ‘The Fuchsia is Bright’ An amazing 48” x 48” fluorescent acrylic spray on stretched canvas will be on display in the windows of Raine Square on the corner of Murray and William Streets, Perth from late January until March. All works will be available to buy via an online auction with all proceeds going to the Raine Medical Research Foundation. Details coming soon on how to bid. . . . . #aspiring2020 #rainesquare #andrewfarmerart #fluorescent #rainefoundation #auction #perthart #emergingartist #abstractart #whatsonperth #modernart #fremantleartist #abstractartist #perthart #artistsperth #perthartist #whatsoninperth #emergingaustralianartist

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    For his stunning abstract resin art, Andrew doesn’t need to do much marking or planning. He begins with his chosen color palate and a rough idea of the shapes he is hoping to create, then pours the first layer of tinted resin onto a prepared board. After allowing the first layer to partially cure, he pours another layer of tinted resin. And another. And another. In fact, some of Andrew’s pieces use up to 40 layers of resin!

     

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    ‘True Blue’. 32” x 32” of concentric cirlcles of tinted @artresin on aluminium board. And again only video truly captures its mesmerising blue hues💙.This unique piece of art is available to purchase and will be the talking point of your home for years. DM me for details or if you’d like a more personalised piece. . . . . #colour #modernart #blueresin #fluidart #artresin #fremantleartist #instagood #color #resinabstract #abstractartist #instastyle #instalike #artwork #abstractart #melbourneart #resinartperth #andrewfarmerart #perthart #artresin #epoxyresinart #contemporaryart #resinart #resinartist #sydneyart #instylemagazine #urbanlistperth #blue #resin #artsourceartist #videooftheday

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    You can find more of Andrew’s work on Instagram @andrew_farmer_art, on his website www.andrewfarmerart.com, and at The Repeat Offender Gallery in Subiaco, Western Australia.

     

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    ‘Fifty Shades of Green’. Here it is in its full 48” x 48” glory. Many layers of @artresin make this piece absolutely stunning. Only video truly captures its translucent and reflective surface and many depths of colour 💚 This piece of art is now available to purchase and will look amazing on any wall it adorns. DM me for details or if you’d like a more personalised piece. . . . . #colour #modernart #green #fluidart #artresin #fremantleartist #instagood #color #resinabstract #abstractartist #instastyle #instalike #artwork #abstractart #melbourneart #resinartperth #andrewfarmerart #perthart #artresin #epoxyresinart #contemporaryart #resinart #resinartist #sydneyart #instylemagazine #urbanlistperth #greenresin #resin #artsourceartist #bestoftheday

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    Congratulations on your win, Andrew!

     

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

     

     


    How to Create Petri Dish Art

    Posted on 20 Mar 13:11

     

    Alcohol inks are here! Our new set of 8 vibrant colors are perfect for use with ArtResin epoxy resin… and we’ll show you how!

     

     

    How to Create Petri Dish Art 



    What you need:

  1. ArtResin Alcohol Inks
  2. ArtResin Epoxy Resin
  3. ArtResin Ink Sinker
  4. Silicone Mold
  5. Gloves and Stir Stick 
  6. Mixing cup
  7. Warm Water 

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    Step 1

    Start by placing your closed resin and hardener bottles in a warm water bath for about 10 minutes. When they are nice and warm, take them out of the bath and measure equal parts resin and hardener into your mixing cup. 

     

    You will need about 3 oz for each 4” coaster (That’s 1.5 oz of hardener, and 1.5 oz of resin). Gently stir your mixture for at least 3 minutes. Try to stir carefully so that you don’t end up with a lot of bubbles.

     

     

    Step 2

    Once your resin and hardener are thoroughly combined, pour the mixture into your silicone mold. Fill up each mold about half way.

     

     

    Step 3

    Now for the fun part! Using the alcohol ink, drop your favourite colors directly from the bottle into your resin.    


     

    After using the color, drop the white Alcohol Ink Sinker over each of your color drops. Keep alternating between color and Ink Sinker until you're happy with your creation!

     

    💡 TIP: It’s helpful to use about 2 drops of color to 1 drop of ink sinker. This helps the color to sink through the resin properly. Also, you’ll want to use up to 45 drops in total for each 4” mold so as to allow the resin to properly catalyze.

     

     

     

    Step 4

    That’s it! Once you’ve dropped your ink in, cover your mold and leave it to cure overnight (between 12 – 24 hours).

     

    The next day, you can remove your cured petri dish art from the silicone mold and see how they turned out!

     

     

     

    How to get funky!

    Now that you know the basic steps, here are some ways you can change it up to get different effects:

     

    Ink Sinker First

    Instead of dropping in the alcohol ink colors and then the Ink Sinker, try dropping in the Ink Sinker first with the colors on top, for a slightly different look.

     

     

    No Ink Sinker

    If you like the way the colors float on top of the resin, try not adding any Ink Sinker at all!

     

     

    Premix your ink

    To create pastel colors, or to get rid of any white spots, you can pre-mix your alcohol ink and Ink Sinker.

     

    To do this, combine a few drops of Ink Sinker with a few drops of color (you can play around with the ratio of color to Ink Sinker; usually equal parts works well). Shake up your mixture and drop it directly into your mold.

     

    Let your epoxy begin to set 

    If you don’t want your ink to spread too much, pour your mixed ArtResin into your silicone mold and wait 20-30 minutes before dropping in your ink. Oppositely, if you want your ink to spread a lot, drop it into your resin as soon as it’s mixed.

     

     

    The best and final tip: 

     

    EXPERIMENT!!!!!

    There are SO many different ways to create interesting effects with alcohol ink and resin! Why not play around with different techniques and see what you can come up with?

    Let us know your favourite way to create petri dish art in the comments!

     

     

    Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper

     

    You can also use ArtResin Alcohol ink on Yupo paper. Yupo paper is a plastic-based paper that allows the alcohol ink to ‘float’ over the surface. You can drip, paint, or sponge the ink onto the paper. The ink is incredibly vivid, and it moves and mixes over the paper beautifully.

     

    To elevate your ink on paper artwork, try mounting your work onto a wooden panel and protecting it with a layer of ArtResin. The resin really gives the colors an extra punch!

     

    You can also play around with collage, layering Yupo paper with ArtResin.

     

     

     

    There you have it—so many fun options to try with ArtResin and Alcohol Ink. Experiment and above all, enjoy!!

    Show us your alcohol ink art! Tag your work @art_resin on instagram! 

     


    ArtResin PASSES Nonyl Phenol Migration Tests

    Posted on 20 Mar 12:45

     

    Our priority in developing ArtResin was—and is—user safety. We want you to feel confident about ArtResin’s safety so we are making our test data transparent and available here on our website.

    ArtResin epoxy resin has been tested by third party laboratories for leaching and migration and has passed in all cases across worldwide standards and regulations, including USA, Canada, EU, Australia, and Great Britain. This includes passing the standardized test for a chemical called nonyl phenol. 

    Nonylphenol is a component of every 1:1 epoxy resin formula, including ArtResin. Its role is to aid in curing. In the ArtResin formula, nonyl phenol is fully reacted and bonded to other components of our proprietary mixture. This bonding in the chemical reaction fundamentally changes the molecular structure of nonyl phenol, rendering it completely inert.

    A good way to help understand how chemical reactions can fundamentally change materials before and after is to think about table salt. Salt is made of two elements, sodium and chlorine. When sodium and chlorine are unbonded they are highly toxic and dangerous; pure chlorine will burn your skin on contact. However, when you combine sodium and chlorine they bond together to form a completely safe compound that we all know as salt!

    Our nonyl phenol test is one of many tests under ArtResin’s belt. Check out the other test results!


    Third party test results for Nonyl Phenol Migration in ArtResin, 2020. 

     

     

    For more information, please check out our blogs on ArtResin's Safety, our Food Safety Rating, and How to use ArtResin Safely

     

     

     


    @zeke_handycappin Is Our Instagram Winner for March!

    Posted on 9 Mar 11:06

    Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to an artist who has tagged us on Instagram, and then we share their work with the world!  

    Congratulations to artist Zeke Crozier, our first lucky winner for March! Zeke is a Medically Retired US Army Veteran from Spring Hill, Kansas. After his time in the army, Zeke re-invested his passion into creating eye-catching bottle cap mosaic art.  

     

     

    Zeke started out smashing bottle caps onto a table as an exercise to help him regain motor control after a serious injury. This first project inspired Zeke to continue creating, using art as a way to heal and express himself. He cuts, bends, and manipulates each cap to create the perfect shape for his mosaic. 

    ArtResin became an integral part of the process as he noticed the exposed bottle caps began to rust overtime. He found the resin was the best way to preserve and protect his artwork, keeping the caps looking as fresh as the day they came off the bottle.

     

     

    Inspired by his own experience and healing process, Zeke founded a non-profit, Handy- Cappin', which is "dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from mental health issues, disabilities, and PTSD. Handy-Cappin's mission is to make a difference as a fundraising partner with other organizations to benefit people with disabilities, veterans, and their families." 

     

     

    You can find Zeke's work on his website www.handycappin.com, on Instagram @zeke_handycappin, and at Handy-Cappin's studio located in Overland Park, Kansas. Check his website and social media for details! 

     

     


    Congratulations on your win, Zeke!

     

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

     

     

     


    Diary of an Artist

    Posted on 9 Mar 10:48

    Is my art good? 

     

    As a famous Latin proverb says, ‘There’s no accounting for taste.’ So how can you tell if your art is good? Every artist, apparently even back to the days of Rome, has asked themselves if their artwork was any good.

    Art IS subjective, however, there are some basic characteristics that nearly all great art has in common. I want to share with you the five fundamental criteria that I use to judge and improve my own art:

     

     

    # 1       Originality 

     

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    All art is influenced and inspired by things that came before, but good art has an aspect of novelty that certainly adds value to the work.  Emulating the work of other artists can help you learn techniques that you can incorporate as you work to develop your own artistic style.  

     

    #2       Principals of Design 

     

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    There are 7 key principals of design; balance, rhythm, pattern, emphasis, contrast, unity, and movement. As humans, our brains like to find patterns and organization in the information we receive. Incorporating the fundamental principals of design in your art will help to bring order to your composition, which will be pleasing to the eye.

     

    #3       Quality Materials 

     

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    Good quality materials help you get the most out of your technical skills. For example, a higher quality paint will have a richer colour, will be easier to blend, and will spread further on your canvas.

    That’s not to say that doing art has to be expensive; when you’re starting out, use whatever you have on hand! Flexing your creative muscles is the best first step to creating beautiful art. Just remember, once you’re ready, using high quality products can elevate your work to professional standards.  

    Good quality products also help your work to last longer. All art will deteriorate over time but using good quality products can help your art last much longer. If you’ve made something that you’re proud of, of course you want it to be around as long as possible, that’s why you should also consider using products that will protect and preserve your art.

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    If you're interested in exploring some high-quality products, here’s a short list of some of my favourite brands that have helped me take my work to the next level:

    • Golden acrylic paint
    • ArtResin epoxy resin
    • Windsor and Newton brushes
    • Gotrick-Apollon wooden painting panels. 

     

    #4       Message 

     

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    Marcel Duchamp and his 1917 piece 'Fountain'

    When you are working on your own art, you might have a story to tell, or a point to make. You can use these ideas to focus the themes of your piece, and to add meaning to your work beyond the art itself. Not only does this make your art mean more to you, it also helps to connect you with your viewer.

    That being said, sometimes great art doesn’t have any kind of message or meaning beyond its aesthetic value. The meaning, or lack of meaning, is up to you! If you’re feeling stuck, sometimes the message behind your art piece can create a deeper understanding and appreciation of your work.

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    Blob Art by Mike Hammer 2017 

     

    #5       Style  

     

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    Finding and establishing your own style is another aspect of creating ‘good art.’ The style of your art is the context that your viewer will use when looking at your work.

    No style is intrinsically more valuable than another, but within the framework of each style there is a criterion of excellence. That’s why its important to figure out your own style and commit to it.

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    Jackson Pollock 1950 

    Whether you’re inspired by impressionism or abstraction, lean into it, learn the principles that guide the style, and use them to refine your own work. The rest is up to taste!

     

     

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    "Little Dancer,"  24 x 36 Acrylic and ArtResin on wooden panel, Rebecca Zak 2020

     

    At the end of the day, good art is art that makes YOU feel good. Keeping these fundamentals in mind can help you improve your art and get the most out of your creative experience.

    What is good art to you? Let us know in the comments!

     


    @selina_wilson_art Is Our Instagram Winner For February!

    Posted on 21 Feb 17:17

    Every month we like to spread the love by sending a 1 gallon kit to a couple of artists who have tagged us on Instagram ... and then we share their work with the world!  

    Congratulations to artist Selina Wilson ... our second lucky winner for February! Selina is an Australian artist who lives in the town of Newstead, near Melbourne.

    With a background in fine arts, Selina has always been fond of post-impressionist still life oil paintings, like those of artist Paul Cézanne whose studio she visited in Provence, France. It was after this visit that Selina dreamt up ( literally ) a new take on the still-life: she came up with the idea of embedding tea cups into a resin coated painting. Not only was this technique successful, but Selina found that ArtResin allowed her to replicate the look of oils, but with acrylic: "
    I love oil paint and ArtResin gives me the depth of colour of oils, but with the less toxic acrylics." 

    Selina's teacup pieces are created using the dam method, in which she builds a wall around her piece, pouring, embellishing and building up resin layers one by one.

     








    Selina's first step is to source her teacups: they are either gifted to her or bought second hand.  



    Next, she sources background paper in patterns she loves: these could be either wallpaper or scrapbooking paper. 



    Selina prefers to use wood panels - they are strong and sturdy enough to support the weight of the resin layers.
     


    Selina mounts the prints onto the wood panels, then begins painting embellishments in acrylic.  




    Next, Selina cuts the cups in half.



    Next, Selina places the teacup in the position she wants, builds a dam around the panel with aluminum tape, and pours on the first layer of resin.


    Once the first layer cures, Selina begins the process of layering paint, embellishments and resin, over and over again, until it feels complete. 




    Though Selina was initially drawn to resin as a surface coating, Selina has discovered the magic of resin layers: her final pieces are often an inch or so thick, and the embellished layers allow for a multidimensional effect, much like a shadowbox.  Selina says: "I was drawn to the glossy finish and how it helps enrich the acrylic paint colour. Now its an integral part of my teacup series. They simply wouldn’t exist without ArtResin."




    Selina is working on making art her full time career.  She says: "A few years ago, I set aside a day a week for my art and that has grown into more and more time that I hadn’t realised I had free or could make free. I’m probably 40-60% spread between my art practice and my other work as a Massage Therapist."

    For Selina, creating is pure joy.  She says: "It’s my escape, my meditation, my gift to myself. When I enter my studio, the world blurs and I’m living in the present moment, just me and my art."





    You can find Selina's work on her website selinawilsonart.com.au, at open studio events across Victoria. Check her website and social media for details!


    Congratulations on your win, Selina!


    To see more of Selina's beautiful work:
    visit her website: 
    www.selinawilsonart.com.au
    follow her on Instagram: @selina_wilson_art


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


    How To Make Ocean Resin Art

    Posted on 21 Feb 10:48

    The secret to creating beautiful, realistic beach art is tinted epoxy resin and a hairdryer: it's an easy technique that involves pouring layers of resin in various shades of blue, then finishing with a layer of white that gets pushed around with a hairdryer to create a lacing effect reminiscent of sea foam. Resin is essential to creating realistic ocean art: it's clarity, consistency and gloss replicate the look of water in a way you simply can't get with any other medium. 

    Layering various shades of tinted ArtResin creates a feeling of motion and depth: beautiful, deep ocean blues contrast with white wave crests against a sandy shore and ArtResin's irresistibly shiny finish makes you want to dive right in. 

    Whether you call it ocean art, beach art or a seascape, chances are you've seen this gorgeous look before and wondered how it was done: artist Rebecca Brianceau dropped by the ArtResin studio to demonstrate how easy it is to create your own stunning ocean art, even for a beginner!


    Let's get started...

    What You'll Need: 

    • ArtResin epoxy resin
    • ResinTint liquid colorants
    • a wooden panel, round or square
    • a hairdryer
    • nitrile gloves
    • plastic mixing cup
    • small plastic cups and stir sticks, enough for each colour of tint used
    • toothpick
    • a piece of plastic to work on ( a cut piece of vinyl shower curtain works great )
    • plastic stands to prop your work up on ( painter's pyramids or plastic cups )
    • an Artist's Torch
    • dust cover large enough to cover your piece


    1. Assemble Your Materials Before You Start:

    Gather your tools so that everything is on hand before you start, including your dust cover. 





    If you want to keep the panel edges clean, tape them off with painter's tape to protect them from getting splashed with resin.



    If you want to allow your resin to run over the sides of your panel, prop it
     off of your work surface: we like using painter's pyramids, plastic cups or lego blocks.

     


    2. Prepare Your ArtResin And Tints:

    Measure equal amounts, by volume, of resin and hardener and mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides of the mixing container as you go. Divide the resin equally among small plastic cups, allowing one per color. 

    Shake the ResinTint bottles well and use a few drops to tint each cup of resin, mixing well after each addition. Don't be afraid to mix and match to achieve the colours you wish to use.  After you mix in the tint, ensure the resin sits and thickens for 15 minutes before you start to create your design. If you try to pour right after mixing, the resin will be too fluid: you'll end up with muddy colours and could lose your design.

    We prepared 4 colors for this project: 

    • light turquoise ( using only a few drops of turquoise and a bit of white )
    • dark turquoise ( using several drop of turquoise for a deeper color )
    • white
    • sand ( neon green, neon pink, neon yellow & white mixed together )


    ResinTint is a highly saturated pigment based colorant, so it's always best to start with less than you need, adding more as necessary.  Never add more than 6% of the total volume of resin and hardener combined, or your resin won't cure.

    Check the transparency by using the mixing stick to pull some of the tinted resin up the side of your cup: if the tint is too translucent, add a little more until you're happy with what you see.




     

    3. Create Your Beach:

    After your tinted resin has had a chance to sit and thicken, you're ready to pour.

    First, start with the sand color to create the beach.  If you're using a round panel, apply the sand to the edge closest to you, spreading the resin out and over the sides with a popsicle stick or a plastic knife.



    3. Create Your Ocean:

    Next, we're going to start building our ocean, starting with the dark turquoise to represent the deepest, darkest part of the water. 

    Apply the dark turquoise to about half of your panel, starting on the far end ( the side opposite to the sand. ) Use your plastic knife to spread it out and over the sides.



    Feel free to adjust the color as you wish:

    • If you want the color a bit darker, add more turquoise. 
    • If you want to increase the opacity, add a little bit of white.

    In this case, Rebecca wanted a more saturated color so added more turquoise for a deeper, richer look. Experiment and have fun!



    Next, pour the light turquoise: this will represent the shallow water closer to shore.
    Once again, Rebecca adjusted her color, adding a little white to increase the opacity and richness. Remember, there's no wrong or right - add and adjust until you see the color you're happiest with.




    Apply the lighter turquoise to the remainder of the canvas.  Blend well where the light turquoise meets the dark turquoise to get a nice, even transition between the two colors. Leave a little separation between the sand and turquoise along the shoreline: you don't want the two colors to meet or you'll end up with a muddy look.

     

    Blend in lines of dark turquoise into the light turquoise to create fluidity, depth and a natural, color gradient. 



    4. Create Your Waves:

    This is where the magic happens!

    Lightly drop a thin line of white resin into the gap between the beach and ocean: this will eventually become waves crashing against the shoreline. Start with a thin strip - you can always add more. 



    Add a second ( or third ) line of white anywhere else you see fit in your ocean.



    5. Make Your Waves Crash:

    Now we're ready for the fun part ... using a hair dryer to push the white resin, creating lacing and cells that look just like the crests of waves crashing against the shoreline.

    Start on the hairdryer's low setting
     for complete control over the motion and spread of your wave. Aim the hairdryer where you want to start, in the white strip between the ocean and the sand.  Move the hairdryer back and forth, staying close to the white and pushing it in and out to spread it over the blue resin. 
    💡TIP: Allowing the resin to sit and thicken a bit before pouring means it can better hold its shape and it won't disappear into the blue resin.




    Move on to the second wave:
      start at the lowest setting, but since you have a lot of blue space around it, you can adjust the hairdryer to a higher setting for a little more spread. If your wave spreads too thin and disappears, you can add a little more white and try again.




    Use a toothpick to drag through the white seafoam
    , exaggerating and elongating the wave.



    6. Torch, Cover And Wait: 

    Torch the resin to remove any remaining bubbles. Cover it with a dust cover, like a plastic tote or a cardboard box, and allow it to cure. 








    And voilà ... your own beautiful, one of a kind, lifelike aerial beach scene! 



    On A Square Panel: 

    If you're using a square panel to create your beach scene, the technique is very much the same. Remember to tape off the edges of your piece with painter's tape if your panel has a lipped edge - the tape will prevent resin splashes on the edges.



    Apply the sand tinted resin in a small arc shape in a corner of your square panel
    : this will become your beach and you'll follow this curved line when creating your ocean and waves. 


    Apply the dark turquoise in the opposite corner of the square panel, echoing the same arc shape as the sand. 




    Pour the light turquoise to fill in the remaining white space, 
    leaving a gap along the shoreline.




    Blend in lines of dark turquoise or pull some of the dark turquoise into the light turquoise using your spreading tool. Blend well, on the same arc line as the beach, for a seamless and natural looking color gradient.



    To create your waves, 
    drop a thin line of white resin in the gap between the beach and ocean: this will eventually become waves crashing against the shoreline. Start with a thin strip - you can always add more. 



    Add a second ( or third ) line of white as you wish.




    Using the hairdryer, push the white resin layer back and forth
    creating a lacing effect to mimic sea foam. Because a square panel presents a more confined space, ensure the hairdryer is kept at the lowest setting to prevent the resin from splashing.






    Torch the bubbles from your piece, cover and wait.
      The next day, once the resin has dried to the touch, remove the tape.






    Once you've mastered this technique, you can even expand on this method by adding embellishments such as shells, rocks, and sand: whether you're a brand new resin artist or a seasoned professional, creating your own one of a kind, realistic ocean art is a fun and easy project, with gorgeous results. 

    Have you created your own beach resin art?  
    We'd love to hear - let us know in the comments below!


    Artist Rebecca Brianceau art was inspired by a journey she took to Brazil where she joined local marine biologists in picking up garbage samples along the shoreline. Rebecca was so impacted by this damaging effect of human behaviour, she felt compelled to spread the message of loving and preserving our earth's precious water resources through her Ocean Soul Series.

    To see more of Rebecca's artwork and learn about her :
    follow her on Instagram: @rebeccabrianceauart
    visit her website: www.oceansoulseries.com

    ArtResin:  Made For Artists, By Artists


    Top 4 ArtResin Ideas! No. 2 - Coat An Acrylic Painting

    Posted on 13 Feb 13:58

    This is how it all began—using resin to coat my paintings!  Years ago, all I did was paint, paint, paint... and then I discovered resin, and then I resined, resined, resined all of my paintings!  The early ArtResin videos document all of this.  Then I discovered that ArtResin is great for coating all kinds of things, and so now my creativity has gone in all kinds of directions (...photography ...jewelry making ...collage ...etc.).  But in this video, I bring it back to where my passion for resin began: with painting. 

    In this particular piece from this video, I wanted to paint a waterlily, so I found an image of one online and printed it off, then transferred the image on my panel.  Transferring the image is easy: just color over the back of the image completely and darkly with pencil.  Then flip it over and trace over the outline of the lily.  Where you trace, the pencil from the back of the paper will come off onto the panel underneath.  Voilà!  You have a transferred image ready to be painted in!  

     

     

    To coat a painting, your piece must first be completely dry.  If you're using acrylics, no problem, your work will be dry in no time flat.  If you're using oils though, you will be waiting weeks, and even months, before your piece is dry!  

    When you're ready to resin, pour equal parts from each bottle in the ArtResin kit into a mixing container.  Mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes, scraping the bottom and sides as you mix, and then pour and spread over your piece.  I make sure to prop up and level the piece on some kind of stand so that when I pour the resin and it goes over the edge, it won't stick the painting to the table as it cures.  If you see bubbles in the resin and want to be über efficient at popping them, use an Artist's Torch and quickly run it over the surface.  

    Next, just cover the entire piece with a box (open on one side, obviously) and leave it overnight to cure.  When you return in the morning, you will be pleased to see a perfect pour and a professional-looking result!