My Vision for this Tutorial:
This process is one way you can test our your resin abstract art pieces. It's a two step process. I chose to use bight colors so you can visually see the process better while I painted using the product called Art Resin. Once I came across this product I knew I had to test it out. As a brain tumor survivor and an artist, I basically got rid of and abandoned most of my products that were high in toxins. Which is a ton! When I found out that Art Resin was a product I could use (Non -flammable, No fumes, No VOCs & low in odor) I was so excited about it! I've been using their product, testing it out, learning how it works, brain storming for almost a year now. I highly recommend it! Here is how I created the piece shown in the video above.
I'm happy to share some knowledge with you! Just remember, never copy an artists work, that's no fun, I bet you will make some awesome art of your own!
What you can use:
It's important to remember you can pretty much do whatever you want. For this piece I'm using an up-cycled piece of art made from wood that I've painted and primed. I'm pouring resin inside of the box instead of turing it over and have resin pouring over the frame and dripping off. All the resin will stay inside of this piece. I like doing both and mixing it up! So if you're new at this, I recommend getting some small pieces, testing it out to see what you like the best.
SUPPLIES: (Click on each item to be taken to where I buy them)
-Canvas or wood box
-Something to stir your resin with
-Trash bag or drop cloth etc
-Paint (any kind)
-Alcohol Inks (any kind)
-Markers or paint pens (any kind)
Buy your ArtResin supplies here:
Before You Start:
Set up shop. Double check you have all your materials on your table.
- Lay your trash bag or drop cloth down.
- Find a big enough box to cover your piece. Do this before you start so you're not trying to figure that out after you're done painting.
- Set up your piece on your painters pyramids and take place your level on each side of your piece to make sure everything is level and ready to pour.
- Make sure the wooden box or canvas is as clean as possible. Get out any dust!
- If you're planning on hanging your piece. I recommend drilling in the hardware now. You don't need to add the wire just yet. Just get the screws and the part you will put the wire through secured in place. Why? Because if you wait until your piece has fully cured and you decide to drill it in after, you might raise/lift up the resin. I've had this happen before and it's a bummer! There is no way to fix it unless you get creative and pour more resin over it. It's not the end of the world if that happens, probably a happy accident! You can cover it up, add more resin or whatever and no one will ever know. ;)
How To Mix Your Resin:
Art Resin is super easy to mix. It's a 1:1 ratio. 50% hardener to 50% resin. Measure out how much you think you need. Resin does go a long way so you won't be using an entire bottle for a small piece like this one. I used about 15% of one bottle. Pour your resin into a plastic bucket or cup depending how much you are using. Once mixed together you need to stir it for 5 minuets. And then once you think you're done stirring, do it for a few more minuets! The pot will stay good for about 45 minuets. I like to work fast though. Depending on the temperature inside your room, that can effect your pot life.
Adding Paint To Your Resin:
I recommend mixing your resin when it's clear and then separating it into new cups. In those new cups add the desired paint and stir it in. Different brands/types of acrylic paint will be light or heavy in the resin. You will know what I'm talking about once you do your own trial and errors. For this piece I'm just using a cheaper acrylic paint brands, like Folk Art or Anitas. I also like to use Golden Fluid acrylics those are more expensive but amazing. They work wonderfully and each brand will give you a different effect.. Just add 1 or 2 drops until you get the desired colors and stir well.
You can see in my video that once I poured all my resin I grabbed my Alcohol inks. I do not add resin to my inks in this project. I just drop the ink right on top of it! I add a few layers of different colors. The brand I'm using here is called Adirondack Brights Alcohol Inks. I bought them from Hobby Lobby. They last forever!
Pop zaBUBBLES! This is my favorite part. FIRE! Take your blow torch and gently run it over your piece. You will see bubbles pop to get a nice clean and smooth, glass like finish. I babysit my piece for a good 30-60 minuets because sometimes bubbles can pop up again. Same as dust. So babysit that piece, yo!
Cover Your Piece
Get that box and put it over your piece! Make sure the dust is also out of your box. I like to take the vacuum and make sure it's a clean box. No hair, dust or lint. Your piece should be tacky in about 6 hours and by 12 hours you can touch it. Let fully dry 24-72 hours before adding anymore work.
Drawing On Resin
A big part of my style is drawing on my resin. It's what I feel like sets me apart. However you can do any designs on your resin. After your resin is fully cured (meaning if you stick your finger nail into the resin you won't see an indent.) You can use all types of paint pens, markers, crayons and permeant markers. Again, you will have to play around with it. It took me a good 3 or so months to get it down to where I was happy with it. Trial and error is a HUGE part of learning this art. But guess what? It's totally fun while you learn.
Pour Resin 2nd Layer
Once your 1st layer has fully cured it's time to pour your 2nd layer. For this piece I'm just adding a layer of clear resin. I've already drawn my swirly whirlys and let that dry overnight. Pouring on the 2nd layer is pretty easy. Mix it up, pour it on, babysit if for about 30-60 minuets, cover and let cure.
All Done! The End Result:
Here is the finished result! It's a fun and funky piece, that is for sure. But I love how it turned out. Now that it's ready I can add my wire to the back so that it's ready for hanging. I like to also see if I need to touch up the wood box with paint etc. Always remember that your work will always be perfectly imperfect. It's handmade not factory made! Remember if you go to www.ArtResin.com they have TONS of tutorials. Be sure to go check them out.
Thanks for checking out this tutorial! Please comment & share this tutorial if you think this will help someone.
XO! See you next time!