How To Prevent Bendy Resin

Posted on 29 Jun 10:31

Working with ArtResin is easy.

Measure, mix, pour, wait, and get rewarded with a stunning, hard, glass-like finish to your work.

Once in a while, you may find that your resin isn’t as solid as you had planned. In fact, the resin bends

Why did this happen and what can I do about it?

Let’s talk about the WHY.

Short Cure Time

In most cases, the reason you have resin that bends is due to the fact that the resin needs more time to cure. After 24 hours, ArtResin will be at a 95% solidity rate. If you attempt to curve or move the resin before that 24 hour mark, the resin will likely bend. For a full cure, we recommend waiting 3 - 5 days to ensure that the resin is 100% firm.

Thin Pour

Many artist creations require a thin layer of resin. Although ArtResin will fully cure on thin pours, expect your resin to be bendy if it is not thicker than ⅓ of an inch.


Inaccurate Measuring

ArtResin is a simple 1:1 mixing ratio by volume, not weight. This delicate balance is imperative to a successful pour. Adding too much of either resin or hardener will alter the chemical reaction and the mixture will not cure properly. Although the mixture may turn from a liquid to a solid, the end result may be resin that bends.

Not Thoroughly Mixed

It's important to mix both the resin and hardener thoroughly or it cannot catalyze properly. Your resin needs to be mixed fully for at least 3 minutes. Improperly mixed resin could again turn the mixture into a solid but it won’t be 100% thoroughly cured, leading to bendy resin.

Too Much Colorant

Adding too much of a liquid or powdered colorant can also throw off the resin mixture’s delicate balance. Tinting resin can have a beautiful effect but any more than 6% of the total combined volume of the resin mixture could soften the resin’s final cure.


Now, how can you fix it?

The good news is that this could be a very easy fix; it just requires patience. Let the resin sit for another 2 to 7 days to allow it to fully cure. Allowing the resin to cure a while longer will harden up your piece and prevent the resin from bending. 

If your piece is thin, a slight bend may be inevitable as the recommended thickness is ⅓ of an inch or more. However, using a substrate such as a bezel or a canvas to reinforce the strength of the resin is always a great option.

In the case of inaccurate measuring and mixing of resin or colorants, unfortunately the resin may not cure any harder. One possible solution though is to carefully measure and mix another batch of ArtResin to pour on the bendy piece to add strength and support.

So fear not! ArtResin is very forgiving. There is always a reason, and in most cases, a solution. In fact, many artists use the 24 hour cure time to their advantage in order to shape and mold their resin mixtures into a unique design before it fully hardens. Bendy resin can have its advantages.


So looking forward, here is a cheat sheet of things to remember in order to prevent bendy resin from happening again.

  1. Be sure to measure the correct amount of resin and hardener.
  2. Mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in layers of ⅓ of an inch or more.
  4. Use a substrate for thin pours.
  5. Be sure to keep the amount of colorants added under 6% of the total combined volume of the resin mixture.
  6. Allow your art piece to fully cure (at least 3 - 5 days).

And that’s it! Feel free to check out this video and this video that highlight ways in which you can bend and shape resin while still achieving a hard finish.

As always, be creative and have fun!


FREE ResinTint Color Mixing Guide

Posted on 22 Jun 15:25


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

We've been working hard on our new FREE ResinTint Color Mixing Guide and we can't wait to share it with you! This guide will allow you to mix and mingle our assorted ResinTints in order to achieve any color under the rainbow!

ResinTint premium liquid pigment colorants are crafted for compatibility with ArtResin for rich saturation and glorious deep hues. Each of our 16 colors is highly concentrated—but the rainbow doesn't have to stop there! By following our simple drip charts, you can stir up your own secondary and tertiary colors, as well as pastels, pearls, browns, neutrals and so much more. This guide will help take all of the guess work out of color mixing so you can go straight to creating your masterpiece! Dive in and don't be afraid to experiment.

Download your free copy of ArtResin's ResinTint Color Mixing Guide here - you're gonna love it!

Life is art, so let's live it in color! :)


Stephanie Tiefenthaler is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

Posted on 9 Jun 11:09


Congratulations to artist Stephanie Tiefenthaler, our latest weekly winner! Stephanie is a full-time, self-taught artist from Arizona. She began painting paint by number projects until she became a mom. It was then that her cute canvas paintings for her daughter's bedroom slowly blossomed into a career in art.

She paints on everything from canvases to tumblers and happily coats it all in ArtResin. Now she can stay home and provide for her family while doing what she loves the most.



Stephanie's process begins by painting a canvas or tumbler and then adding glitter for some extra pizazz. She'll then mix up some resin and pour it over top in a comfortably warm environment. A heat gun or torch will help pop any bubbles and then 24 hours later her piece is protected and complete!




You can find more of Stephanie’s work ONLY on Etsy: @simplystephanieart



Congratulations on your win, Stephanie!


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



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


Interested in finding out how to make your own Petri Dish Art?
We've got you covered with all the colorful details, here!



Kindness Rocks

Posted on 8 Jun 17:31



It's a gift that everyone can afford to give. And man, it really seems the world needs a great big infusion of kindness these days (and by that we mean, this year).



Lately we've noticed many people have taken it upon themselves to spread positive messages with painted rocks. It's a wonderful thing to do while at home—on your own or with your kids.

Unfortunately, many of the rocks that are placed outside aren’t able to withstand the elements. Rain can simply wash away all of that beautiful work so many people have begun coating these rocks with ArtResin.


ArtResin helps to protect your rocks while saturating the colors and adding a shine to your creativity.

Here are a couple of quick tips on how to coat your rocks in order to get that perfect finish.

To start, be sure to work on a non-stick surface. We recommend using a:
• plastic sheet
• silicone mat
• garbage bag


Method #1

After carefully measuring and mixing a small batch of ArtResin, grab a foam brush or paint brush and apply a thin coat of resin evenly over one side of the rock. Be sure to resin the sides as well but not too thick in order to prevent any drips from forming.


Next, allow that coat of resin to cure, flip the rock over, and paint the other side. Once that side cures, you will have a perfectly covered and protected Kindness Rock.


Method #2

This is the quick and messy way to coat your rock.


With gloves on, simply rub ArtResin over the entire rock and place it down on your plastic sheet. Once the resin cures, you will notice that some of the resin has pooled at the bottom of the rock, creating a ridge. With an X-acto knife, carefully trim the edge and eliminate that ridge.


You may also choose to sand the ridge down with sandpaper and apply one final little coat of ArtResin to smooth it all out.


That’s it!

Don’t leave your mini works of art unprotected. Help them stand out while preserving your kind words and pictures at the same time.

Thank you to everyone who inspired us to put this blog and video together. When times are tough, sometimes a brief moment that makes us smile is all we need to get through the day.

Kindness. It costs nothing, but means everything :)


Mike Sanchez is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

Posted on 8 Jun 11:09


Congratulations to artist Mike Sanchez, our latest weekly winner! Mike is a full-time artist who currently resides in San Francisco, CA. Mike's preferred medium is photography but recently he's been experimenting with concrete, organic material, and ArtResin to make sculptural 3D pieces. Not only does ArtResin offer a lustrous finish for his photos but Mike continues to discover new ways to add depth and dimension to all of his art pieces.



Mike creates digital pieces from photos he's taken throughout cities across the world. Using those photos, he will create a digital collage and print it over archival photo paper and mount it on wood or metal.  Each piece is then finished with acrylic paint and sealed with 2-3 layers of resin.

On the flip side, Mike's sculptural pieces are built by creating molds and custom sculptural parts and then filled and formed by using concrete, organic material, and ArtResin. His pieces invoke a nostalgic connection because they resonate with various moments in time and memories. Mike is honored to create something that will become a part of someone else's history.




You can find more of Mike’s work online through his personal store:



Congratulations on your win, Mike!


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



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


Interested in finding out how to make your own Petri Dish Art?
We've got you covered with all the colorful details, here!




How to Price Your Art

Posted on 25 May 13:34


As artists, we all want to make a sale but finding that price point sweet spot can be stressful. Luckily there are a few inherent factors to consider to help you put a number on your art.



First, the basics of art pricing:

1. There is no right or wrong way, unless you’re not selling—in which case you need to adjust if selling your art is what you want to do!

2. At a bare minimum, your price should cover your materials, overhead (if you rent a studio), and your time. What’s your time worth? $20/hr? $50/hr? Or are you just happy to make a sale at any rate?



Now let's move on to the 5 Ws of pricing: what, who, where, when and why?


WHAT are you selling?

Certain mediums fetch more money. Historically, drawings were used to make studies which were then turned into larger masterpieces. Typically these were done in oil paint. Oil paintings, therefore, fetch the most.



Bigger generally fetches more. Some people actually make a square foot calculation when pricing their art. Also remember that providing a range of sizes will appeal to various budgets which in turn improves your chances for a sale.



Supply and demand affects value. Originals will always fetch the most. If you’re doing reproductions, make a limited edition to up the value of each print. That said, sometimes you can make more in the long run by selling a large number of less expensive reproductions.


WHO are you selling?

You’re selling yourself as the artist when you sell your work. Tell a compelling narrative about yourself in your artist bio to help people get to know you.



If you’re an experienced artist who has won any awards or have received positive media attention, that should all help boost your prices.

Price high and justify!


WHERE are you selling?  

Urban centers fetch more.



Do some research and look at the local galleries. Those prices are reflective of what the market is willing to pay. It may be worth the travel expense to exhibit downtown over an area outside of the city.


WHEN are you selling?   

Certain times of the year may be better to release your work at a higher price tag, such as around the holidays when everyone is in a buying mode.



If you have pieces that have sat around for some time and you want to clear your inventory, invite your past clients to an exclusive event with discounted works of art—this way you honor their patronage and at the same time aren't devaluing the art that they paid full price for.


WHY are you selling?   

There are other options besides selling! You could simply rent your art through galleries or even film and TV shows who typically take 20% off the top of your cost for the artwork.




Ultimately buyers and sellers value artwork both emotionally and intellectually. For example, you may see something that reminds you of your childhood and therefore that connection may drive you to make a purchase. The person standing right beside you doesn't have that same connection and walks away. Personal values always play a role.



For a lot of people, framing is a barrier to purchase. This frame costs around 50% of the price of the art itself. You could frame your art to get it to sell, but generally this is a waste as framing is a matter of taste. Instead, ArtResin it! Artists can consistently charge more for art coated in ArtResin, and it tends to sell faster because it appears more polished and professional.



Finally, when you buy a piece of art, you do not buy the rights. You can’t go and reproduce your new purchase now and make money. You can sell the rights to your work, but that’s a different kind of sale.


In the end, sell your art for a price that you will be happy with. It's your baby. Be proud and never sell yourself short!


How do you price your art? Let us know in the comments!


Rashmi Katti is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

Posted on 25 May 00:00


Congratulations to artist Rashmi Katti, our latest weekly winner! Rashmi is a self-taught artist and mother of two. Originally from India, Rashmi currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee where you will often find her rock painting at night. She is an architect by profession but an artist by passion.



Originally Rashmi began painting on canvases but out of curiosity painted over a rock and has never looked back. She works with acrylic paints as they offer her the opportunity to add layers and depth to her paintings.

After preparing the rock, she paints her images and then seals her work with one or two layers of ArtResin. The resin provides a glossy and professional look while protecting the painting at the same time. Her talent and creativity does the rest!

She has also painted on several other surfaces like wooden slices, dominoes and pennies.




You can find more of Rashmi’s work on Instagram @passionhues and on her Facebook page: PassionHues By Rashmi.



Congratulations on your win, Rashmi!


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



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


Interested in finding out how to make your own Petri Dish Art?
We've got you covered with all the colorful details, here!



Reed Navarro is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

Posted on 20 May 10:37


Congratulations to artist Reed Navarro, our latest weekly winner! Reed is a self-taught artist and stay at home mom in Dallas, Texas. As soon as she discovered resin, her art went from being a hobby to a business. Reed's inner innovator craves variety which is reflected in her elegant alcohol ink paintings and novelty coasters.



Reed has a wide array of bright and bold artwork. Her paintings involve applying ink to Yupo paper, mounting them to birch wood and then covering it with a thick, glossy layer of ArtResin.

Reed also creates petri dish art by dropping alcohol ink into a silicone mold which generates an abundance of fun effects. And speaking of fun, Reed makes novelty coasters and wall art that are filled to the brim with candy!! With resin, the possibilities are endless!




You can find more of Reed’s work on Instagram @reednavarro_art and on her Etsy shop: ReedNavarroArt.



Congratulations on your win, Reed!


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



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


Interested in finding out how to make your own Petri Dish Art?
We've got you covered with all the colorful details, here!


How To Resin Your Home Wall Decor

Posted on 11 May 14:34

Do you wish that the canvas prints you ordered online would have a little more pizazz? Are you tired of looking at the same print on your walls? 

Add vibrancy to your art with ArtResin! Pouring a perfect coat of ArtResin adds a  professional look and shine to any print that you order or pick up from the store. It's simple and quick.

Within 30 minutes, you'll be measuring, mixing and pouring like a pro.

Though the idea of applying epoxy resin may seem a bit daunting, ArtResin was designed by artists who understand what artists want:

  • a product designed specifically for artwork
  • a safe and easy application
  • and most importantly, pro results. 

This video will show how simple ArtResin is when you follow a few key steps: measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it all along!

Let's get started ...


What You'll Need: 

The ArtResin 32oz Combo Pack
This kit includes:

32 oz ArtResin ( covers approx. 8 sq ft )
• 5 reusable spreaders
• 1 reusable mixing stick
• 5 pairs of disposable gloves
Artist's Studio Torch ( butane not included )
• 4 resin stands

 In addition, you will need:

• cardboard
• level
• plastic measuring cup ( or 2-3 clear plastic drinking glasses )
• toothpicks
• paper towel
• dust cover large enough to fit your piece ( a cardboard box or a plastic tote )


1. Assemble Your Materials:

Gather together your ArtResin and your tools before you start resining. Line your work surface with plastic for easy clean up and to protect your table top: a vinyl shower curtain makes an easy, inexpensive liner that can be re-used again and again.

2. Prepare Your Artwork:

Make sure your artwork is dry and dust free. A cloth, soft brush or canister of compressed air can help eliminate dust.


Decide if you want to resin the entire painting ( i.e including sides ) or if you only want to resin the top. Applying resin to the top of your artwork while leaving the sides unresined is referred to as doming.


If you want to resin the sides, we always advise taping off the bottom of your piece. Drips will naturally start to accumulate along the bottom of your piece but tape will catch those drips. Once the resin is dry to the touch, you can pull the tape off and the drips right along with it.

Stretched canvases should be reinforced. The weight of epoxy resin can cause stretched canvas to sag and, consequently, the resin to pool in the center. To prevent this, cut a piece of cardboard to size and insert it in the back to provide strength and stability.


Prop your piece up on plastic stands. Propping up your piece allows drips to pool on the plastic lined work surface.


Ensure your work is perfectly horizontal by checking it with a traditional level or with ArtResin's mobile phone level:


3. Prepare Your ArtResin

Measure equal parts by volume. ArtResin is a 1:1 epoxy resin, meaning that you need equal parts of resin and hardener measured by volume. To determine how much ArtResin you will need for your piece, enter the length and the width into the Resin Calculator on our website. 


Wearing gloves, measure equal amounts of resin and hardener. It doesn't matter which one you start with, as long as you measure equal amounts of both. It's important to measure accurately: if your resin and hardener are not perfectly equal, your resin may not cure properly. 


Mix thoroughly for at least 3 minutes. As you stir, scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to ensure you incorporate every last bit of resin and hardener. Mixing thoroughly and scraping the sides will ensure every last bit of resin and hardener are combined. Now you're ready to pour!


4. Pour The Resin

Pour the mixed ArtResin onto the center of your piece and spread it out to the edges using a plastic spreader. You'll have about 45 minutes of working time before the resin gets too thick to work with.

Use the spreader to gently pull a little resin over the edges and down the sides of your piece or let the resin dome on top. 

Using gloved hands, smooth the resin out, evenly coating each side.

5. Torch, Cover And Wait: 

Using an Artist’s Torch, hold the flame a couple of inches above the resin surface just long enough to pop the bubbles. One or two passes with the torch is all you need to get rid of bubbles.

 the torch in a constant side to side motion, as if you're ironing clothes. Don't hold the flame too close - it should just lightly kiss the resin surface.

Use a toothpick to pop any missed bubbles or to fish out any bits of dust.
  Look at your resin under a light source and at eye level to easily spot any imperfections.

Cover and wait 24 hours.
Using a clean plastic tote or cardboard box, cover your piece and let it sit for 24 hrs until it’s dry to the touch.

6. Reveal!

Remove the cover to reveal your new and improved artwork!

We hope you found this tutorial informative and helpful. More importantly, we hope it made the process of applying epoxy resin a little less intimidating. Like anything, practice makes perfect but these suggestions will give you a good head start:

  • have everything you need ready to go: tools laid out & artwork prepped
  • ensure your ArtResin and resin room is 75-85F or 24-30C
  • measure accurately, mix thoroughly, scrape your container as you stir
  • use a torch and dust cover

Before you know it, you'll be applying ArtResin over ALL of your favourite art pieces!

Questions?  Comments?  Tips?
Please leave them below!

Mariah Solomon is our Instagram Weekly Winner!!!!

Posted on 11 May 13:26


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



Congratulations to artist Mariah Solomon, our latest weekly winner! Mariah is mostly a self-taught artist who balances a full-time job in therapy while still putting in 30 hours a week in art! AKA Miss Fancypants, Mariah loves that her viewers always want to touch her work due to her creative use of material and movement.



Mariah usually paints with acrylic and alcohol ink, adding crystals and stones to raise the level of elegance in each piece. She layers ArtResin throughout her process to create a glamorous depth and shine. Mariah loves the immediate beauty and response of resin. Resin, to her, is the jewelry to the outfit.




You can find more of Mariah's work on Instagram @mariahfancypants, or on her Facebook page - Mariah Fancypants.




Congratulations on your win, Mariah!


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


Interested in finding out how to make your own Petri Dish Art?
We've got you covered with all the colorful details, here!