In order to create impressive art, you need some resin art supplies. With the following list we want to give you an overview of the supplies you need, so that you can create your own stunning resin painting as soon as possible and at a reasonable price.
- 1 What is Resin?
- 2 What is Resin Art?
- 3 Which Resin Art Supplies do I need for Casting with Epoxy Resin?
- 4 Resin Types: Professional Art Resin / Epoxy Resin
- 5 Low Cost Resin and Resin Alternatives
- 6 Color Pigments and liquid Colors
- 7 Painting Grounds
- 8 Additives for Cell Formation in your Resin Artworks
- 9 Tools and Aids
- 10 Glitter / Mica Flakes / Deco Stones / Crystals
- 11 Resin Casting Molds and Jewelry Molds
- 12 Safety
- 13 What else is there to know about Resin Art?
What is Resin?
The definition of resin means synthetic resin, also called epoxy. Epoxy is a polymer compound with two components: First the resin and then the hardener. If these two components are mixed together in the correct ratio, the castable resin mixture is formed, which hardens after a certain time. Epoxy resin is incredibly versatile. In addition to art for paintings, jewelry and sculptures, resin is also widely used in model making, kitchen countertops and flooring.
What is Resin Art?
Resin Art therefore means nothing other than art made of resin in all its forms: This may be paintings made of cast synthetic resin, special moulds or the creation of geodes.
Which Resin Art Supplies do I need for Casting with Epoxy Resin?
For the resin technique you will need additional resin art supplies in addition to the actual resin depending on the desired technique. We have started to search for you so that we can compile a list with the most important products.
Resin Types: Professional Art Resin / Epoxy Resin
The main component for your artwork is of course the epoxy itself. The professional and high-quality products are characterized by a good UV resistance and are usually developed exactly for a defined and specific application. So if you want your resin painting to look just as good ten years from now, we recommend you use high quality resin.
- Specifically designed for art projects, developed with professional artists
- Heat resistant, scratch resistant, food safe, maximum UV resistant, water resistant
- compatible with alcohol inks, acrylics, silicone oils, metallics, oil-based paint
- Extended working time, easy to clean
Low Cost Resin and Resin Alternatives
The inexpensive resin is particularly recommended for the start and for testing purposes, since the acquisition costs are clearly lower here than for the professional art resin. So you can try different techniques without remorse and gain your first experiences.
Color Pigments and liquid Colors
Resin can be colored with various colors and color pigments. Not all colors are suitable for resin, as water-based products won’t work with epoxy. You should also make sure that you do not add too much color to the resign, otherwise it will quickly become tough and can no longer be processed optimally. We have compiled a list of colors suitable for synthetic resin.
- Premium colorants made specifically for use with ArtResin epoxy resin.
- Non-toxic when used as directed. Non-flammable when torched in resin.
- 24 brilliant colours, each bottle contains 25 ml / 0.85 fl oz.
- Tint epoxy resin to create flow art paintings or marbled effects with ease.
- ResinTint metallic & pearl set contains 8 shimmering colors: metallic gold, pearl pink, pearl yellow, metallic silver, pearl green, pearl blue, metallic bronze and pearl lilac.
- ResinTint neon package contains 6 electric pops in the colors: neon red, neon orange, neon yellow, neon pink, neon blue, neon green
- These liquid pearl pigments from SYlive are very suitable for coloring epoxy and are available in various shades.
- For the special bling character in your resin paintings.
Color Pigments and color Powders
You can pour resin on all surfaces. However, it is advisable to pour on firm and straight surfaces, as resin is thin and if not in balance flows from the painting surface. Larger canvases are less suitable because the weight in the middle creates a hollow. Small canvases can be reinforced with a cardboard and thus also be poured. You should also not use porous, i.e. highly absorbent surfaces.
Additives for Cell Formation in your Resin Artworks
As with the acrylic flow technique, you can also achieve beautiful cells with the resin art, for example using casting techniques such as Dirty Pour and Air Swipe. You can achieve beautiful effects with isopropyl alcohol.
Tools and Aids
- The most important thing for mixing epoxy is that you use exactly the right amounts. If you don't exactly keep the units, the resin won't cure and will remain tough.
- For the exact measurement you should therefore use a special stirring cup with exact measurements.
Glitter / Mica Flakes / Deco Stones / Crystals
More resin art supplies? Of course, you can add shine and depth to your resin works of art with glitter, decorative stones and crystals. For example you can pour beautiful resin geodes.
- The glitter additive from V1rtus is very well suited for use with resin and is available in many different colors
- This glitter powder is colorfast and does not fade
- Add decorative stones to add shimmering or realistic accents to your resin paintings
- Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram., stone size: 1 – 3 mm
- Material: glass sand, Volume: 0.22 gallons, colorfast, non-toxic
- Glass nuggets are an inexpensive way to give your epoxy artworks a bling bling factor
- Crystal look, the underlying color shines through the glass nuggets
Resin Casting Molds and Jewelry Molds
In resin art, it is very popular to cast molds, for example, coasters for glasses. There are special silicone molds on the market for this purpose. After curing, the piece can easily be detached from the silicone mold. In addition to Petri Dishes as glass coasters, you can cast jewelry yourself or any other form.
You should work with resin in a room that is as well ventilated as possible. If this is not possible, we recommend a respirator for your health. You should also always pay attention to wearing high-quality nitrile gloves, as contact with liquid epoxy can trigger allergic reactions.
- As toxic fumes can be produced when processing resin, we recommend that you wear a respirator mask when processing resin in rooms.
- Even though professional resin promises to be non-toxic, we believe that health comes first and you can eliminate any negative effect.
- Resin should of course not get in your eyes
- Therefore you should wear safety glasses when working with epoxy resin to protect yourself
What else is there to know about Resin Art?
Every beginning is difficult. We have compiled all the information for your first steps with the Resin Epoxy Art technique in a separate article. You already have some experience and would like to do something special? Then check our Beach Art tutorial. If you want to calculate the amount of resin you need for your pouring, we can help you out: With our Resin Epoxy Calculator the calculation of the required amount of resin is now very easy