Yes, ArtResin epoxy resin can be used over organic material such as butterfly wings, rocks and leaves. The resin will seal it in, protecting it from the air and preserving its natural brilliant color. Be aware that resin can make some items look as they would when wet - test first so you know exactly what to expect. Make sure natural items are thoroughly dried or they may rot under the resin. Some natural objects can off-gas trapped air into the resin in the form of bubbles - you may want to seal first as a precaution. Choose items that are fairly flat so the resin is sure to cover them completely, or you may need to pour multiple coats to cover areas of high relief. Use caution when pouring and spreading over delicate areas of your artwork and be aware that the resin is thick and can be heavy if a large amount is used. Because of this, you may wish to apply the resin in thin coats.
Epoxy resin is heavy, so if your painting is large or if you're using a lot of epoxy resin, normal picture frame wire is not going to be strong enough to support your artwork. Instead, try hanging heavy artwork using aircraft cable, a thin, flexible but exceptionally strong steel cable found at hardware stores.
Another highly effective method for hanging heavy artwork is to use two pieces of wood that have complimentary 45 degree angles cut into them. One block of wood is installed securely into the wall, and the other block of wood is installed onto the back of the painting. When that painting is hung, the 45 degree angles lock together, securing your artwork in place.
If you're new to ArtResin epoxy resin, it's best to test it out on a non-masterpiece first. It's very important to measure carefully and mix thoroughly so that the resin and hardener parts have the chance to react properly. So long as you pay close attention to this part of the process, you should be successful. Unlike other resins, ArtResin epoxy resin is specifically formulated for creative applications, and is chemically engineered to offer the best non-yellowing protection on the market. You may want to view our customer video reviews to see what others are saying about ArtResin epoxy resin and to get inspired.
Great shots of your artwork is an important marketing tool for any artist. While a few reflections are an advantage to show off ArtResin's shine, its high gloss finish can sometimes cause challenging reflections and hotspots. With a few simple and effective techniques for proper lighting and camera positioning, you can capture shots of your artwork like a pro:
Work in a controlled environment: taking a shot with both studio lights and ambient lighting ( daylight or from lamps/ceiling lights ) can cause glare and uneven lighting. Close curtains and blinds and adjust room lights as necessary in order to control all the light hitting your piece.
Set up your lighting: to get an equal, even wash of light, set up two identical lights on either side of your artwork at 45 degree angles. Use the brightest lights you can and ensure both lights are the same in order to provide even amounts and even colour. Never use your camera's flash or light your work from the same angle as the camera or else you'll end up with a hot spots in your work.
Set up your artwork: Whether you hang your artwork, lean it on a wall, or lay it on the floor, it's important that the camera is positioned at a perfectly parallel angle and that the lens is centred to the middle to avoid making your piece look distorted. Using a tripod locks the camera in and offers the most control.
Adjust your lights and your artwork for reflections: examine the way your artwork looks through the lens, identifying any unwanted sources of light and finding a way to minimize them. You may need to adjust the positioning of your lights or adjust your artwork
Take a few test shots: once you're happy with what you see, you're ready to shoot!
First and foremost, ensure your resined artwork has fully cured for at least 72 hours before packing or transporting your art. Although it may seem cured after 24 hours, it has not had a chance to cure all the way through and could be prone to indenting.
The best material to use against the surface of your ArtResin epoxy resin piece is glassine paper. Glassine paper is smooth, glossy, acid-free and will protect the resined surface without scratching or sticking. Once your piece is protected with glassine, you can pad it with poly foam to provide cushioning. You can further pad your piece with fabric and cardboard or foam core for extra protection.
If you choose to use bubble wrap, DO NOT use it directly on your artwork as a first layer - use it as exterior padding only. Always make sure the flat side is facing in and the bubble side is facing out, otherwise there is a chance the bubbles may leave an impression.
As with most things, practice makes perfect. Your second project will inevitably be better than your first. The third resin job will be even better again! Keep in mind that you may not get everything perfect on your first try and that the best way to learn is to make mistakes so you can improve! Experimenting is both necessary and part of the fun of the creative process.
If you are resining over a collage, watercolor paper or mixed media with white/light coloured paper, it is recommended that you mount the paper on a white surface. Depending on the paper you are using, your paper could turn slightly translucent under the resin, so if the surface underneath is white then your images will retain their true colors. It is always recommended that you try the resin out over your paper of choice first on a test surface.
Hands down, the best material to line your work surface with is one that's water resistant, such as plastic. You don't need to spend a lot of money on a surface covering, but you do need to make sure you choose something non-absorbent in order to protect your table top. Some good examples of material to line your work surface with include a vinyl shower curtain, a silicone mat or drawer liner, a plastic drop sheet, baker's parchment paper or even a garbage bag that has been cut and spread out.
A plastic lined work surface also allows for easy clean up: if any drips fall while you're resining, simply leave them be and let them cure. The next day, once they've dried, they can be peeled away and your liner can be used again and again and again.
A torch is your best bet for a perfect finish. Once you have poured your ArtResin epoxy resin and it is spread out evenly, run a smallArtist's Torchover the surface at a distance of a few inches. You will see the bubbles rise to the surface and burn away any dust particles or hairs.