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.
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.
ArtResin is a very high quality epoxy resin, which was developed for use in the field of art. Thus no vapours are produced by volatile organic compounds when using ArtResin and after drying the surface is food safe. ArtResin contains a UV filter which protects the artwork from yellowing. The surface is high-gloss after drying. ArtResin has its price, but the quality is correspondingly high and you'll like it for your resin painting. ArtResin is also available in 4 Gallon
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Epox-It 80 is a multi-purpose high gloss clear epoxy resin. It has an easy 1:1 mix ratio by volume. IT has integrated a yellowing protection. It is odourless and very pleasant to use. View on Amazon
If you need a hard surface, we recommend you the Countertop Epoxy: It is UV Resistant, stain and scratch resistant. It dries out ultra clear and is very durable. It dries in 36 houres. Once dried, it's food safe and eco-friendly. View on Amazon
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.
If you need resin epoxy for bigger projects or if you just pour a lot we recommend it this clear Epoxy. It's formula has highest UV resistance, low VOC's and is solvent free. View on Amazon
Colour pigments and liquid colours
Resin can be coloured with various colors and color pigments. Not all colours 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 colour to the resign, otherwise it will quickly become tough and can no longer be processed optimally. We have compiled a list of colours suitable for synthetic resin.
The ResinTint Premium liquid pigment colour pastes are produced for compatibility with ArtResin epoxy resin and also work very well with all other resin brands. The ResinTint liquid pigments are richly saturated for a deep color. ResinTint blends seamlessly and maintains the gloss of your epoxy resin. View on Amazon
If you want all colours inclusive the special ones, you should definately considering to buy this pack with the highest quality colours. The ResinTint metallic & pearl set contains 8 shimmering colours: metallic gold, pearl pink, pearl yellow, metallic silver, pearl green, pearl blue, metallic bronze and pearl lilac. The ResinTint neon package contains 6 electric pops in the colors: neon red, neon orange, neon yellow, neon pink, neon blue, neon green View on Amazon
These liquid pearl pigments from SYlive are very suitable for colouring epoxy and are available in various shades. For the special bling bling character in your resin paintings. View on Amazon
The airbrush colours from Jacquard are well proven for mixing with resin. They are highly pigmented, very brilliant and lightfast. With this set you have can add shimmering accents to your pourings. View on Amazon
Colour pigments and colour powders
Hemway has one of the largest ranges of pigment powder dyes. You can simply mix this slowly into resin until the desired ratio is reached. Hemway's pigment powder is colourfast and lightfast, so your works will still shine brilliantly even after a long time. View on Amazon
Jacquard Pearl Ex pigments are very high-quality metallic colour pigments, which can be processed very well with resin and produce shimmering, deep shades. With these pigments you give your resin paintings that certain something. View on Amazon
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- The neon colour pigments charge up during the day with light and then shine at night in neon colours
- You can achieve an even stronger luminous effect under black light / UV light.
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 bee poured. You should also not use porous, i.e. highly absorbent surfaces.
The rigid plywood panels are very smooth and very stable if you pour on it. In addition the wood painting grounds are distortion-free and offer a good alternative to the normal stretcher frame covered with canvas. View on Amazon
If you need bigger wooden painting grounds, this value pack offers great value for money. View on Amazon
A canvas panel is a thin board on which a cotton cloth is applied. Due to the solid base the canvas board remains stable in contrast to a wedge frame and can be used for resin art as well as acrylic pouring. These canvas panels are acid free & archival quality boards. View on Amazon
Additives for cell formation in your resin works
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.
Isopropanol, also called isopropyl alcohol, can be used for your resin paintings in many ways. So you can stir small amounts (we recommend not more than 5%) into the resin mixture to get exciting effects and structures. You can also use it in the resin art to create wonderful effects and structures. A maximum of 10 percent is added to the pigmented epoxy mixture. Isopropyl alcohol can also be filled into a spray bottle and sprayed onto the already poured, still moist surface. View on Amazon
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. You cannot use a scale for this, as the individual parts have different weights. For the exact measurement you should therefore use a special stirring cup with exact measurements. View on Amazon
Use the heat gun to remove air bubbles from your epoxy. You can also use the air flow to customize your artwork as long as the resin is flowing. View on Amazon
The Butane Torch has the same effect as an airdryer, but without the resin surface being corrugated by air. A butane torch is also more efficient when it comes to removing any bubbles from the resin. View on Amazon
Stick your painting ground on the backside with a strong paint tape so that you can easily remove resin drops from the underside of the painting the next day together with the tape. You can also mask the sides of the painting base and only remove the adhesive tape when the resin has hardened a little View on Amazon
You can hardly remove hardened synthetic resin from the substrate immediately. The extensive covering of your workplace is therefore very important. In addition to the worktable, you should also cover the floor if resin flows from the painting surface. View on Amazon
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 colours. This glitter powder is colourfast and does not fade. View on Amazon
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- Includes 24 colors of glitter powder
- Bottle sizes are approx. 5 cm (2 inches) tall
- This product is very environmental protection
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- Colored Mica Flake collection, 12 pcs
- Perfect for resin casting, hot melt craft, mosaic work, paper arts, assemblage accents, etc.
- Package contains 12 x 3g jars of mica colors and one little dipper for scooping
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- You can 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
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- Amethyst Pebble Gravel stones are very suitable for the geode technique
- as they are crushed by means of a drum and thus have a natural shape
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- Glass nuggets are an inexpensive way to give your epoxy artworks a bling bling factor
- They have a crystal look, the underlying color shines through the transparency through the glass nuggets
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- For Beach Art, you'll need mixed Seashells to pour on
- These seashells was carefully handpicked and cleaned
- Each set contains approximately 80 sea shells
- The shells are generously sized at 0.5” to 3” with a total weight of 10 ounces
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 jewellery yourself or any other form.
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- This resin mold kit includes: heart mold, round mold, ellipse mold, rectangle mold, square molds, tweezer, finger cots
- Very suitable for making resin coasters, jewelry holder, flower pot holders, bowl mat etc.
- Made of high-quality silicone, very flexible and durable, the finished product is very shiny and transparency
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- Package totally have 18 items
- It includes 1 sphere silicone casting mold, 1 cube silicone resin casting mold, 1 diamond silicone casting mold, 1 triangular pyramid silicone casting mold, 2 silicone casting mold measurement cups, 2 different crystal stone shape resin casting molds, 10 wood sticks
- Are made up of silicone, very flexible and easy to clean and it re-usable, not easily damaged.
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- Made of silicone, which is flexible and smooth, resistant to tearing
- Tools: screw eye pins, stirrers, droppers, spoons, hand twist drill
- Many different shapes, such as square, rectangular, round, etc.
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.
Your skin should never come into contact with resin. Therefore wear nitrile gloves and no latex or vinyl gloves. View on Amazon
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. View on Amazon
Resin should of course not get in your eyes. Therefore you should wear safety glasses when working with epoxy resin to protect yourself. View on Amazon
What else is there to know about the 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