FAQ 2 - Materials


        1. What can/can't I use ArtResin® on?

          • Watch the video: What Can I Use ArtResin On?
          • Watch the video: Is There Anything That ArtResin is Not Compatible With?
          • ArtResin will bond well to every medium, with the exception of wax paper and some plastics including silicone (i.e. materials that repel water). ArtResin works extremely well on wood, glossy photographs, inkjet prints, acrylic, oil paint that has completely dried, watercolor, spraypaint, encaustic, raw canvas, ink, paper collage, oil pastel, cardboard, sculpture, silicone molds, leaves, rocks, and other found objects. You may want to avoid pouring ArtResin over loose materials (this may include chalk pastels); anything that is not completely adhered to the surface of your work could potentially mix into the resin in its liquid form once it's poured and float around. Some lower quality papers absorb resin rather than allowing it to sit on top, in which case a sealant should be used over the paper first to avoid seepage. The best thing to do is experiment and have fun!
        2. Can I use ArtResin over oil paintings and oily surfaces?

        3. Can I use ArtResin over acrylic paint? 

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on an Acrylic Painting
          • Yes, you can resin over acrylics. ArtResin epoxy resin will not act as a solvent on acrylic so long as the surface you are resining is dry. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a practice surface first.
        4. Can I use ArtResin over watercolor?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Watercolor
          • Yes, you can use ArtResin over watercolor. Usually watercolor paper is very thick and high quality in order to be able to stand up to water which makes it the perfect paper to apply resin to. Some papers can absorb resin, but watercolor paper typically does not.
        5. Can I use ArtResin over spray paint?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be applied over dry spray paint.
        6. Can I use ArtResin over inkjet prints?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Inkjet Prints
          • Yes, you can use ArtResin over inkjet prints. There are many different kinds and brands of ink and paper, all of which will behave slightly differently. Glossy printed paper tends to work better than matte paper in allowing the resin to sit on top of the print without absorbing in. Glossy prints done at your local print shop will work great with ArtResin.
        7. Can I use ArtResin over printed photographs?

        8. Can I use ArtResin over paper?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Stationery
          • Watch the video: Is a Sealant Necessary when Using ArtResin over Paper?
          • Yes. ArtResin will seal in all kinds of papers, including photo paper, tracing paper, linen paper, origami paper, Yupo paper, etc. Resin isn’t like water—if you pour it on paper, it doesn’t necessarily soak into it provided you are using decent quality paper. If you apply wet resin on dry paper, you will be able to touch the other side of the paper and it will be dry. Lower quality papers can absorb the resin making colors appear darker, however this can be corrected by first applying a sealant such as Mod Podge before using ArtResin. Glossy paper works best for photos. If you are curious or hesitant as to what the outcome will be, simply conduct a test on a small piece of scrap paper first.
        9. Can I use ArtResin over Yupo synthetic paper?

          • Yes, ArtResin will bond well to Yupo synthetic paper.
        10. Can I use ArtResin on a puzzle?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Puzzle 
          • Watch the video: Mounting and Using ArtResin on a Large Puzzle 
          • Yes, you can easily use ArtResin over a puzzle. Cut a piece of MDF board to the exact dimensions of your puzzle and adhere your puzzle to the board with a line of wood glue around the perimeter. Then apply the ArtResin. Often puzzles require 2 coats because air is released from between the pieces in the puzzle which tends to create pitting in the first layer. A second layer will take care of any surface imperfections. Always remember to sand in between layers to encourage proper adhesion. ArtResin on puzzles works best when the puzzle is created on glossy material as some customers have commented that the resin soaked into the paper making it look darker.  If this is a concern, you may want to pre-treat your puzzle with a sealant first prior to applying ArtResin to your puzzle.
        11. Can I use ArtResin over wood?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin over Various Kinds of Wood 
          • Yes, ArtResin looks great over wood. It brings out the wood's natural colors and grain. It also seals it and protects it, making for a great surface to serve food and drinks from, for example.
        12. Can I use ArtResin on aluminum prints?

        13. Can I use ArtResin over marker? 

          • Yes, you can resin over water-based or permanent marker once dry. 
        14. Can I use ArtResin over chalk pastels?

          • Yes, but be aware that chalk pastel is made up of loose particles that could mix with the resin. If you are applying a large quantity of resin, you may be able to tilt the surface (e.g. your canvas or board) in order to spread the resin around—much like batter in a cake pan—(instead of using a spreader) to help prevent unwanted mixing.
        15. Can I use ArtResin over sculpture?

        16. Can I make jewelry with ArtResin?

          • Watch the video: Making Jewelry Pendants with ArtResin
          • Yes, however ArtResin is best for certain types of jewelry making where the resin is poured into/onto a support (e.g. pendants). ArtResin may not be appropriate for pieces that are meant to be worn without a substrate (e.g. a bangle). Try experimenting with colored pigments and dyes, pouring it into silicone molds and into bezels. Add attachments like hooks, pins, beads and gems either as the resin is curing, or afterward using a strong adhesive.
        17. Can I embed an object in ArtResin (e.g. a penny)?

          • Watch the video: Embedding Beer Caps in ArtResin
          • Yes. Flatter objects, like pennies, will be easier to cover totally. You can also work in layers if it helps.
        18. Can I use ArtResin with glass?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin Glass Art Gallery Tour
          • Yes, you can apply ArtResin as an adhesive for glass tiles and mosaics (i.e. like clear grout), and you can also pour it overtop of shard glass to make sure sharp edges are not exposed.
        19. Can I use ArtResin over organic material and natural objects?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on Leaves
          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Rock
          • Yes, ArtResin 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 wet, brilliant color. It is advisable to chose items that are fairly flat so the resin is sure to cover them completely. 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.
        20. Can I use ArtResin over gold leaf?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used over gold leaf.
        21. Can I use ArtResin over textured artwork?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin Over Textured Pieces
          • Yes. Depending on how high the texture is, you may need to apply multiple coats if you want a perfectly flat resin surface on top. To apply multiple layers of resin, allow the first coat to form a solid surface (usually takes 6-8 hours), then pour a second coat overtop to cover any areas that are sticking up. Repeat as often as necessary.
        22. Can I use ArtResin on fabric?

          • Yes, it will make the fabric stiff and rock hard after it cures. Be advised that the resin will make the fabric look wet (i.e. possibly alter its color).
        23. Can I use ArtResin with polymer clay?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used overtop of polymer clay to strengthen and beautify sculptural pieces. ArtResin can withstand oven temperatures consistent with that typically used for polymer clay; the resin may soften a little while very hot but will firm up once cooled.
        24. Can I use ArtResin to make coasters and hot plates?

          • ArtResin works very well as a coaster protectant; the heat generated from a hot mug will not damage the resin surface. However, hotter temperatures such as that produced from a frying pan or casserole dish straight from the oven may well be too hot for the resin surface, so we do not recommend ArtResin be used for hot plates. ArtResin is recommended for use up to 120° F.
        25. Can I use ArtResin on ceramics?

          • Yes, ArtResin will bond to ceramic material. For ceramic tile, simply pour on and spread as usual. For ceramic sculpture, apply with a disposable foam brush in thin coats. For ceramic plateware, simply wait until the ArtResin has fully cured before serving food on it.
        26. Can I use ArtResin on plateware?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin in a Cutting Board Inlay
          • Yes, according to the FDA, ArtResin is safe to use on surfaces that come in contact with food. Simply wait until it has fully cured before serving food on it.
        27. Can I use ArtResin on food to preserve it as a decoration?

        28. Can I use ArtResin on countertops?

          • Yes, ArtResin can be used as a scratch-resistant coating for kitchen countertops. ArtResin is approved as food safe by the FDA.
        29. Can I use ArtResin on flooring?

          • Yes, ArtResin is very durable once fully cured and can be used on flooring. Wear and tear is inevitable over long periods of time, just as with any flooring. It should be noted that ArtResin may be slippery when wet as it is waterproof.
        30. Can I use ArtResin to make pen blanks?

        31. Can I use ArtResin to coat fishing lures?

          • Watch the video: Using ArtResin on a Fishing Lure
          • Yes. ArtResin is very durable and waterproof. Once cured, the resin does not pose a threat to aquatic life as it is inert. Although ArtResin can be indented with a fingernail in the first few days after curing, it is not typically able to be indented after the first 72 hour window. ArtResin will stay completely clear over time and not yellow like most other resins, resulting in a realistic-looking lure that will last
        32. Can I use ArtResin on a guitar body?

          • Yes, you can resin over a guitar. Work in multiple thin layers to avoid dripping. You may want to try hanging the guitar from a wire so that the drips gather at the bottom where you will drill in the strap peg.
        33. What is the difference between ArtResin and varnish?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin vs. varnish
          • ArtResin is much thicker than varnish (about 1/8" thick vs. paper thin). ArtResin is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas varnish is typically painted or rolled on.  ArtResin is protected against the aging (i.e. yellowing) effects of UV light, whereas varnishes typically are not.
        34. What is the difference between ArtResin and Mod Podge?

          • Watch the video: ArtResin vs. Mod Podge
          • ArtResin is a two part mixture, whereas Mod Podge is one part. ArtResin is poured on like clear honey and spread out, whereas Mod Podge is typically painted on with a brush in several coats. ArtResin is thicker and typically glossier than Mod Podge. Both act as sealants. ArtResin is protected against the aging (i.e. yellowing) effects of the sun by UV and HALS stabilization additives.
        35. What is the best supportive surface to use resin with?

        36. What materials will ArtResin NOT stick to?

          • ArtResin does not adhere well to disposable plastic paint tarps, plastic sandwich/grocery bags, silicone molds, and the non-sticky side of shiny tape. Artists can use these properties to their advantage when creating their ArtResin pieces (e.g. jewelry made from resin poured in silicone molds). 
        37. Is cured ArtResin paintable?

        38. How hard is ArtResin once cured?

          • ArtResin is very firm and hard once cured and is heat resistant and scratch resistant.
        39. Will any shrinkage occur with ArtResin?

          • No, shrinkage will not occur with ArtResin. Shrinkage only occurs in products that have solvents or non-reactive diluents included, which ArtResin does not. 
        40. Will ArtResin crack?

          • No, cracking does not typically occur. ArtResin is very hard and durable once cured. It has been formulated with a bit of flexibility to it to prevent cracking and brittleness.
        41. Is cured ArtResin waterproof?

          • Yes, ArtResin is a permanent application that seals in whatever it is poured overtop of and protects the work underneath from water.  
        42. What happens if ArtResin freezes?

          • Watch the video: What happens if ArtResin freezes?
          • If ArtResin freezes in its liquid state, it should be moved to a warmer place and will return to normal functioning once it reaches room temperature.
        43. Can ArtResin artwork be hung outside?

          • We have several months worth of data that shows that ArtResin does not yellow even slightly when exposed outdoors to natural UV light. We do not yet know whether these results indicate ArtResin is safe for outdoor use for years and years—the test continues! We are encouraged by the promising results thus far, and in fact we are not surprised by the results either. ArtResin® contains advanced UV and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers to protect it from degradation caused by UV light. 
          • You may want to check out this blog: YOU ASKED: How is our new ArtResin formula better in terms of yellowing?
        44. Should I seal my work first?

          • Watch the video: Should I Seal my Artwork Before Using ArtResin?

          • In most cases, there is no need to seal your work first—ArtResin is the ultimate sealant! If you are working with low quality papers, you will likely need to use a sealant overtop first to prevent the ArtResin from seeping into the paper.

        45. Will magazine clippings fade under ArtResin?

          • Usually magazine clippings will hold true to their colors—it depends on the quality of ink and paper they're printed on. It helps to paint the surface underneath white, then resin as usual overtop. Some magazines pages can become translucent and show the images on the opposite side when resin is applied.
        46. What type of glue should I use to hold paper to a surface prior to using ArtResin?

          • Try a glue stick—they do not contain much water so there is minimal risk of the paper rippling before you resin.
        47. Can I apply ArtResin with a paint roller or an air gun?

          • Yes you can use a paint roller to spread ArtResin. An air gun is not recommended for use with resin because it will clog the passageway as it cures. The easiest way to apply ArtResin is by dragging the resin across the surface with an ArtResin spreader.