Hi, here we go. I started this blog to give away all my secrets of resin art. When I started with resin there was close to no instruction on how to use this goopy sticky mess called resin. SO I am all self taught. And I have learned it all from trial and error. But I stick to my techniques that I have developed over time. In this posts I am just going to describe the different products I use for my resin art. So keep reading if you want all my secrets ;)
OK. First lets talk about resin. I am in love with using the brand Art-Resin. I remember the first time I used it, it felt luxurious. Sooo smooth and creamy. SOOOO easy to use. I might be biased, lol, I am definitely biased, but I think it's the best to use for wall art. I never get bubbles or weird textures. I know what you're thinking, it's expensive... But I think it's worth every penny! With that being said, I don't use it for coasters. It feel like it is too soft and leaves 'dents' on the surface of coasters. I have noticed that with the coasters I have made with Art-Resin, the 'dents' seem to disappear with time.. but still. I'd rather that not happen at all. SO for coasters I use the brand ProMarine Table Top Epoxy. It is thick. SHE'S THICC. But once poured and has time to dry, it is durable and doesn't get those 'dents' that Art-Resin does. And those are the 2 resin brands I live by.
NEXT, adding colors! Guys... I use acrylic paint. lol. I know there are sooo many pastes and pigments and mica powders out there. But I use acrylic paint. I have tried everything, but I love the variety of colors I can make with acrylics and I also love the price ;) I tend to stick with the Martha Stewart Acrylics. And I actually mix like 5 different blues together. I don't have set colors, I kind of just make them up as I go. That's probably another reason why I love it, because it allows me that freedom to mix whatever colors I want. Just remember to mix less than 10% into your resin or it will do all funky things to the chemistry of the resin.
Next up is all my tools. I love heat guns. When I first started, I bought the cheapest heat gun at Walmart and it is by far my weapon of choice. Since then, I've bought a real expensive heat gun from Home-Depot and I hate it lol. I never use it! I also use a blow torch now, but I still love the way that my first heat gun moves the resin. I do like my mini handheld blow torch more than my giant one. I feel like I have more control of it. He was my first love and only love I guess. I love using silicone with Resin. I have silicone stirring sticks, and I have silicone stands to help hold up the painting when I pour. I use either 1mm or 2mm thick plastic on my tables so that once the resin dries, it is easy to peel off. Gloves! Lots of disposable gloves. I use lots of paper towels. Isopropyl Alcohol is what I use to get the stickiness of resin off my skin. It's probably not the best for my skin, but it's the only thing I've found that works... Maybe I should look into it again and find something else now lol.
Last but not least, Panels! I use Blick Art Supplies for all my panels. I used to pour on canvas, but it's too much work lol. When you pour on canvas, you should put cardboard on the backside of the canvas to prevent sinking. And that is why it's too much work for me lol. I love pouring on wood panels as well because it's easy to make the back of the panels look clean and professional. OH. But time saver tip: Just tape the backs of your panels. It's wayy easier to peel off the resin drips than to sand them off. Sometimes in the moment, I wont tape the backs, but I always regret it when I'm pulling out my sander.
Well I hope this helps! IF you have any questions please feel free to ask! I am not someone who hides what I've learned! I love this art community and love meeting people who want to create just like I do! Let me know if this helps at all! Love you all!