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@floraleeart Is Our November #ArtResin Winner!

Posted on 18 Nov 18:53

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 Jill Lee ... our lucky winner for November!



Jill is an artist based in Colorado who creates custom pieces made from real, preserved flowers cast in resin.  Happiest in her garden, Jill's fascination with flowers was nurtured during childhood summers spent on her grandparents' farm. By preserving flowers and setting them in resin, Jill wants to capture their magic and beauty for years to come.






















Prior to casting in resin, Jill dries each flower in silica gel in order to retain its unique shape and color, each
 bloom looking like it was freshly plucked from the garden! 

 









 
Congratulations on your win, Jill!

To see more:
Follow Jill on Instagram: @floraleeart

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

 


How To Resin Flowers

Posted on 16 Nov 14:58
Coating flower petal artwork in ArtResin is easy! 

In fact, ArtResin takes floral art next level - not only will it protect and preserve the natural beauty of flowers forever, but will give it a sleek and glossy finish that makes color absolutely POP!




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



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


Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • dried flower petals
  • adhesive of your choice ( we used ModPodge )
  • brush
  • 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 flowers.  You want to make sure your flower petals are completely dried before you resin them: any remaining moisture may cause them to decompose once covered in resin. 



There are several ways to dry flowers:

  • Hanging upside down to dry:
    This is by far the easiest method. You can dry whole flowers this way, but it takes a few weeks for flowers to dry completely. Be aware that you will lose the flower's vibrant color.

  • Pressing in a book:
    This method is very easy and takes one to two weeks to dry thoroughly.
    It works best for thin petals or leaves, but the color can also lose vibrancy.

  • Drying in silica gel:
    You can buy silica gel at a craft store or online. This method takes up to a week and allows you to dry whole flowers. Preserves colour beautifully!
     
  • Using a microwave flower press:
    Microwave flower presses are made of two wood, plastic or terracotta plates with cloth and wool pads in the center to absorb moisture. Takes literally minutes in a microwave and preserves color very well. 

💡TIP: Whatever method you choose to dry your flowers, always make sure to allow plenty of space around each petal ( don't overlap ) so that the petals dry uniformly. Do not resin petals that are bruised, torn or bent as the resin may bleed into the petal at these points and cause dark, wet, spots.

We chose to use a microwave flower press for our petals.



Once you have your dried flowers assembled, you're ready to apply them to your wood panel. 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, coat the panel with an adhesive of your choice ( we used ModPodge ) and carefully apply your petals, one by one. 













When your collage is complete, seal it with a spray or brush on sealant ( we used some ModPodge thinned out with water and applied with a disposable foam brush.)

Once you've sealed your piece, allow it to sit and dry for at least 24hrs.

💡TIP: being an organic material, flower petals may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. Pre-sealing with a spray or brush-on sealant is a good precaution to help to prevent bubbles. We used ModPodge, but as it is so thick, we chose to thin it out with a bit of water so that it wouldn't damage the fragile petals.  






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 spreader. 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!









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 Watercolor

Posted on 12 Nov 15:55
Covering your watercolor painting in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes watercolor art next level, sealing and protecting it 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 watercolor painting will go from good to gorgeous!




Let's Get Started ...





Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a watercolor painting sized to fit the panel 
  • sealant labelled safe for watercolor ( we used a Krylon spray sealant )
  • spray adhesive ( we used 3M )
  • 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 watercolour painting on paper sized to fit your panel. 
Trace as we did, using transfer paper, or draw your outline freehand onto the paper.





If you choose, you can apply masking fluid to block out any areas you don't want painted. Masking fluid is easily removed after your paint has dried with an eraser, or by peeling it off.





Paint your image as you wish using watercolor paints.
Allow your painting to dry thoroughly.





Once dry, mount your artwork onto your wood panel using adhesive - you can use either a spray adhesive, a glue stick or a brush on 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.





Seal your work using a spray sealant designated safe for watercolors, allowing it to dry completely.

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 to prevent absorption:  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 to prevent bubbles: Being an organic material, wood and paper may contain trapped air which can release into your resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: with wood, the type of wood, how dry the wood is, and humidity can all affect how much air the wood contains. With paper, soft paper and paper that has been layered into a collage can contain trapped air.  Pre-sealing with a spray or brush-on sealant is an option to help to prevent bubbles. 
    As far as our wood panels, we've used them 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 Spray Paint

Posted on 02 Nov 15:18
Covering spray paint art in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes spray paint art next level, sealing and protecting it 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 artwork will go from good to gorgeous!






Let's Get Started ...




Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • spray paint art on paper sized to fit the panel 
  • sealant ( brush on or spray sealant )
  • glue stick or spray adhesive
  • 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. Prepare your spray paint art on paper sized to fit the panel. 





Mount your work directly to the panel using adhesive. We like using a glue stick, a brush on adhesive or a spray adhesive. For best results, smooth the drawing out with your hands or roll with a brayer to ensure that it's evenly mounted to the panel, with no air pockets.  Seal with a spray sealant labelled safe for paper.




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. If you want to err on the side of caution, you can certainly go ahead and seal your work using a brush on or spray sealant that dries clear. 

You may choose to seal in the following cases:

  • Sealing over low quality paper.  It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying ArtResin over matte photo paper, or soft/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.    




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:


@kathrynbeals Is Our October #ArtResin Winner!

Posted on 29 Oct 13:23

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 Kathyrn Beals ... our lucky winner for October!

Kathryn is a self-taught artist specializing in acrylics. Though she now lives in California as a full-time artist, her beautiful work is a nod to her British Columbia roots, as well as the landscape of the remote Canadian north where she lived during her career in forestry. 

 



After experimenting with acrylic paint pours, Kathryn transitioned from traditional landscape painting to fluid landscapes, finding that fluid art's organic colour and movement evoked images of night skies, the Northern Lights, sunsets and lake reflections to her mind's eye. 

Always staying connected to her forestry background and to the outdoors, Kathyrn uses her art to raise funding for non-profits that support conservation efforts. Her current benefit series is for Save the Waves, a California not for profit focused on preserving ocean coastlines.






 





Kathryn often embellishes her fluid landscapes with acrylic paint marker work, glitter, and metal leaf before covering the whole piece in a coat of ArtResin.

Watch the videos to see her process:






To see more:
Check out Kathryn's website: www.kathrynbeals.com
Follow Kathryn on Instagram: @kathrynbeals


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

 


How To Resin Modelling Clay

Posted on 18 Oct 07:44

Covering modelling clay ( and other textured artwork ) in ArtResin is easy! In fact, ArtResin takes 3D artwork next level - not only does it preserve your clay art and keeps it safe for years to come, but it also enhances the texture and colour of your art 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 3D artwork will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 

Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel, painted white if you wish
  • modelling clay
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • a level
  • a measuring cup with easy to read measurement lines 
  • a mixing container 
  • a stir stick 
  • a foam brush to spread the resin
  • 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 modelling clay art. 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. Once your collage is complete, you're ready to resin it!
👉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 paint or 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 or painting 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 clay without damaging your design. 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!




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 Charcoal

Posted on 12 Oct 15:58
Covering a charcoal drawing in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes charcoal art next level, sealing and protecting it with a professional looking finish and a glossy sheen that makes it 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 charcoal drawing will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 




Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a charcoal drawing sized to fit the panel 
  • spray sealant safe for charcoal
  • glue stick or spray adhesive
  • 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 charcoal drawing on paper sized to fit the panel. You can work freehand or trace your design, as we did.


 

Seal your artwork using a spray sealant safe for charcoal.


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. You can use either a brush on glue, a spray adhesive or a glue stick as we did.  Just be sure that the surface is coated evenly. 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. 
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.




7. 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 Mosaic

Posted on 12 Oct 14:35
Covering mosaic tile ( and other embedded objects ) in ArtResin is easy! 
In fact, ArtResin takes mosaic artwork next level - not only can you use it as an adhesive to mount your tiles, but it also enhances the texture of your mosaic 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 mosaic will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • mosaic tiles ( we used a mix of glass and ceramic )
  • 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 mosaic tiles. 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. 
👉TIP: being an organic material, the wood panel 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 paint, or a spray/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. If you'd like to fill the panel up to the top, you'll need 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 spreader. This will give you a 1/8" layer of ArtResin into which you'll lay your tiles. 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 ceramic tile etc. If you test your objects first with water, you'll know exactly what appearance you can expect once you pour on the resin.





Now you're ready to drop your tiles into the 1/8" layer of ArtResin you've spread onto your panel.  ArtResin is an adhesive ( the strongest adhesive in the world, in fact ) so it will keep your pieces mounted to the board once it cures. Once your mosaic is complete and all of your tiles have been mounted, you're ready to torch.










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 Marker

Posted on 12 Oct 13:50
Covering felt tip marker in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes marker art next level, sealing and protecting it 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 marker art will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 


Supplies:
  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a marker drawing sized to fit the panel 
  • sealant ( brush on or spray sealant )
  • glue stick or spray adhesive
  • 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 marker drawing on paper sized to fit the panel. You can work freehand or trace your design, as we did.




 

Mount your work directly to the panel using adhesive. You can use either a glue stick, spray adhesive or a brush on glue as we did.  Just be sure that the surface is coated evenly. 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.



Seal your artwork using a spray sealant safe for felt tip marker.


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.    




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 A Glossy Photo

Posted on 11 Oct 17:09
Covering a glossy photo in a coating of ArtResin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes photographs 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 photograph will go from good to gorgeous!

Let's get started .... 



Supplies:

  • ArtResin's 12 x 12" wood Art Panel 
  • a glossy photo print sized to fit the panel 
  • sealant ( brush on or spray sealant )
  • glue stick or spray adhesive
  • 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. Print your image on glossy photo paper sized to fit the panel. 




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.
Glossy photo paper does not generally require a sealant as it's glossy surface allows the resin to sit on top without absorbing. However, for matte photos ( which may absorb the resin ) or if you simply want to err on the side of caution, you can certainly go ahead and seal your photo using a spray sealant marked safe for photos. 

You may also choose to seal in the following cases:

  • Sealing over low quality paper.  It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying ArtResin over matte photo paper, or soft/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 roll with 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: