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How to create stunning Resin Art paintings

You can create stunning paintings with Epoxy Resin. We show you, how to work with this fascinating material and how you create your first Resin painting.
Epoxy resin is a product composed of two ingredients to be mixed to obtain a hard and solid solution. Easy to work with, colourable, aesthetic and original, epoxy resin is ideal to give life to many practical and decorative projects. Discover how it works and the possible uses of this trendy product!

Preparation of your workplace

To get started with Resin Art, first prepare your workspace and artwork. Gather all the tools you will need, such as: a few garbage bags, supports to support your piece, painter's tape, a level, a measuring cup, a mixing container, a mixing stick, a spreader, a disposable brush, a pair of disposable gloves, an artist's torch, the Resin product, your artwork of course, and a box big enough to cover it.
Make sure your artwork is completely dry before applying Epoxy Resin. If your work is on a large canvas, you may want to reinforce it at the back with cardboard, to prevent the resin from flowing towards the center.
If your artwork contains ink, paper or any object that may drool or become saturated under the wet resin, we recommend that you pre-seal your piece with lacquer
If you plan to apply resin to the sides of your artwork, install a painter's tape under the edge of your artwork to catch any drops that may be dripping onto it.
Spread a garbage bag on a flat surface. Mount your piece on supports and make sure it's level.

Quantify with an epoxy resin calculator

To determine how much Resin you will need, use our resin coverage calculator you can find on google. You also can take a look at this Resin Tutorial, where you will find more in-depth know-how about epoxy resin and it’s use as art material.
Some people like to heat the resin and hardener in a basin of water before measuring them, to reduce bubbles. Just make sure there is no water in the resin or hardener as this will make the mixture cloudy.
Using gloves, pour equal amounts of resin and hardener at room temperature into the mixing container.
Remember to replace the appropriate cap on each bottle when you have finished pouring. Black for the resin, white for the hardener.

Mixing resin

Thoroughly mix your resin and hardener mixture for at least 3 full minutes. Also scrape off the sides and bottom of the container in which you are stirring the two products to make sure they mix properly and give the desired result.

If you see bubbles forming during this step, don't worry, we'll take care of them in step 5.
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4. Pour and Spread

Once you have mixed the resin and hardener together, you will have about 45 minutes to spread the product, before it begins to harden.
If your mixture is hotter than room temperature, your working time and curing time will be reduced.
Pour and spread the Resin Art as desired. If you intend to cover the entire room, start by pouring in the centre.
Use a spreader to guide the Resin Art exactly where you want it, OR you can use a disposable brush to apply it to only certain areas of your room.
You can resin the sides with a disposable brush or your gloved hand, or simply apply a layer of resin to the top of the piece.

Finalizing your painting

After spreading the Resin Art, air bubbles will begin to rise to the surface. We recommend using the artist's torch to burst bubbles for a flawless finish. Hold the torch a few centimetres from the surface and move it at a constant speed, just as you would when ironing clothes.
Remove any hairs or dust particles with a toothpick, then cover the room with a box.

Wait for curing

Cover your room to protect it from dust and let it rest overnight. In about 24 hours, your surface will be hard to touch.
After 72 hours, it will be completely fixed. And remember, the hardening time will be reduced in a warmer place.

Cleaning and final step

To clean and reuse your mixing tools, wipe them quickly with a paper towel after use. Then rub them with denatured alcohol and wipe them dry again for a final cleaning. If necessary, quickly wash your skin with soap and water.
If you have put a painter's tape under the rim of your part, carefully remove it no later than 24 hours after applying the resin.

How do you remove air bubbles?

If you don't like the small air bubbles that form in the resin, you can remove them with degassers. However, you can greatly reduce them by mixing your resin well, gently and for a long time. In addition, pour your resin by holding the container as close to the surface as possible to prevent it from taking in too much air when falling from above. Let it sit for a few minutes before touching it so that any remaining air bubbles rise to the surface, then pass a heat source such as a flame or heat gun over the top to simply burst them.

How do I make the resin shine?

On a large or uneven resin surface, apply a polyurethane spray varnish to make it shine. You can also use a clear acrylic spray varnish. Two to three coats will be necessary to obtain a very shiny surface.
You can also polish the resin surface with an abrasive paper and then with a polishing paste. However, this technique requires a certain amount of experience to be successful.

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