Written By: Sandra Hutton, @Artimmersionstudio

Occasionally I like to dabble in art resin either by applying a clear coat over top of a finished panel or hard canvas or mixing various resin products such as pastes, sparkles, or metallic colours. Generally, I’ve had a very good result and it can certainly elevate the look of a work because, let’s face it…sometimes we just like shiny things! In this blog post, I take a closer look at the history of the art form and how it’s been used.

Resin art is a form of art that involves using epoxy resin as a medium to create various types of art pieces. The history of resin art can be traced back to the 1960s when artists began experimenting with various types of synthetic resins to create unique works of art. The use of epoxy resin in art began as an experiment in the aerospace industry, but artists soon realized its potential as a medium for creating art. Resin art gained popularity in the 1980s when several artists started using it in their work. Over the years, resin art has evolved and become a popular medium among artists around the world. Today, resin art is used to create a wide range of art pieces, from abstract sculptures and paintings to jewellery and furniture.

Resin art has become increasingly popular among contemporary artists, and several well-known artists have incorporated it into their work. One such artist is Jessica Drenk, who uses resin to create intricate sculptures inspired by nature. Drenk’s work often features abstract forms that resemble natural materials such as wood, bone, and stone. 

In recent years, resin art has become more accessible to artists of all skill levels, including those who may not have formal art training. This is due in part to the availability of affordable, high-quality resin products that can be easily purchased online. Many resin art tutorials and classes are also available online, providing aspiring artists with step-by-step guidance on how to create their own resin art pieces. Additionally, the versatility of resin as a medium allows for a wide range of techniques and styles, making it easy for artists to experiment and find their own unique voice. As a result, resin art has become a popular form of creative expression for many people, and it continues to evolve as more and more artists discover its potential.

Resin art requires several necessary supplies to create stunning art pieces. First and foremost, an artist needs a high-quality resin product. The most common types of resin used in art are epoxy resin and polyester resin, both of which are typically available in a two-part formula that must be mixed together before use. The artist will also need pigments or dyes to colour the resin, as well as various types of molds or surfaces on which to apply the resin. Additional supplies may include heat guns, torches, and mixing cups and sticks. Protective gear such as gloves, respirators, and safety glasses are also important, as the fumes and chemicals involved in the resin art process can be hazardous. Finally, a level surface and a dust-free environment are crucial to achieving a successful resin art piece. Overall, the necessary supplies for resin art require careful consideration and investment, but they are essential for creating beautiful and unique works of art.

There are many products and companies that cater to the needs of resin artists. Some of the most popular brands of resin include ArtResin, Pro Marine Supplies, and TotalBoat, all of which produce high-quality epoxy resin products that are specifically designed for art applications. These brands also offer a range of other resin-related products, such as pigments, molds, and tools. Another popular product among resin artists is silicone molds, which are available from a variety of companies such as Let’s Resin and Funshowcase. These molds come in various shapes and sizes, making them ideal for creating a wide range of resin art pieces. ArtResin is my preferred product as it is non-toxic, VOC-free, and has no fumes or solvents, making it safer to use than some other types of resin. Companies such as Jacquard, Copic, L’Rez Expressions, and Mrs. Colorberry also produce pigments and inks that can be used to colour the resin. Additionally, many art supply stores and online retailers offer resin art kits that include all the necessary supplies for beginners to get started with resin art. Overall, the availability of these products and companies has made it easier for artists to experiment with resin and create stunning works of art.

Mixing resin is an essential step in the resin art process, as it ensures that the resin cures properly and produces a smooth, even finish. The process of mixing resin involves combining two parts of the resin formula – the resin and the hardener – in the correct ratio. This ratio can vary depending on the type of resin being used, so it is essential to read the instructions carefully before starting. Typically, the two parts are mixed together in a clean, disposable container using a mixing stick or spatula. It is important to mix the resin thoroughly, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container to ensure that no unmixed resin remains. Some artists also use a torch or heat gun to remove any air bubbles that may have formed during the mixing process. It is important to work quickly when mixing and applying resin, as it has a limited working time before it begins to harden. Overall, proper mixing techniques are essential for achieving a successful resin art piece.

Creating resin art is a fun and creative process that requires careful planning and attention to detail. Here is a step-by-step guide to creating resin art:

1. Choose a surface or mold: Select a surface or mold that will serve as the base for your resin art piece. The surface or mold can be made of various materials, including wood, canvas, ceramic, or silicone.
2. Prepare the surface: If you are using a porous surface, such as wood or canvas, it is essential to prime it with a sealant or apply a coat of resin to prevent air bubbles from forming.
3. Mix the resin: Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to mix the resin and hardener in the correct ratio. Stir the mixture thoroughly for at least 2-3 minutes, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container.
4. Add pigments or dyes: If desired, add pigments or dyes to the resin mixture to create a desired colour.
5. Pour the resin: Pour the resin mixture onto the surface or mold, spreading it evenly with a spatula or brush. 6. Use a torch or heat gun to remove any air bubbles that may have formed.
7. Add embellishments: If desired, add embellishments such as glitter, beads, or small objects to the resin while it is still wet.
8. Allow the resin to cure: Allow the resin to cure for the recommended amount of time, which can vary depending on the type of resin being used.
9. Sand and polish: Once the resin has cured, sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections. Polish the surface with a polishing compound or wax to achieve a glossy finish.

Like any art form resin requires experimentation. Also, it’s important to remember that sometimes things don’t always go exactly as planned. Recently, I had two pieces that did not cure properly. In both instances, it was because I was not careful enough with measuring the resin and hardener in equal amounts. As a result, my resin pieces did not harden and remained “tacky” to the touch. I was able to resolve this by scraping off the tacky resin and reapplying the resin–this time being very careful about ensuring my measurements were accurate. 

Although resin takes a little time to set up and can be messy,  it provides artists with unique opportunities to create exquisite mixed media creations. Overall, creating resin art requires patience and attention to detail, but the results can be stunning and unique!