Are you worried that charcoal will smudge under our resin and will leave your artwork looking dirty?  Don’t worry; Counter Culture DIY resin is self-leveling. And in just a few steps you can keep your charcoal painting looking amazing!

Artist Resin seals and protects your painting from external elements, and keeps your artwork looking fresh for a very long time.

So, let’s get started.

 

Supplies:

  • A 12 x 12″ wooden art panel 
  • A charcoal drawing sized to fit the panel
  • Fixative/sealant sprays for charcoal drawing
  • Glue stick or spray adhesive
  • Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin
  • Nitrile gloves 
  • A level
  • Measuring cup 
  • Mixing container 
  • Stir sticks
  • Spreader or popsicle stick 
  • Handheld torch  
  • Toothpicks
  • A cardboard box that can cover your project as it dries

Steps:

  1. Finish your charcoal drawing and cut it to fit the panel.  Mount your finished artwork on the wood panel using adhesive.  Make sure that you use enough adhesive to make the surface adhere to the wood panel without any lumps, paying special attention to the edges. Let it completely dry.
  2. Seal the artwork using a spray sealant formulated especially for charcoal painting.
  3. Go to our Resin Calculator to determine the amount of Artist Resin you need.
  4. Wear your gloves, and accurately measure the recommended amount of resin and hardener in a mixing container. Stir well for three minutes. Make sure that you scrape the bottom and the sides of your mixing container as you stir.
  5. Pour the Artist Resin at the center of your piece. Use a spreader or a popsicle stick to move the resin to the edges.  
  6. Use a torch immediately to pop the bubbles, and again in 5-10 minutes.
  7. Check if there are specks of dust, hair, or any particles. Remove them using a toothpick.
  8. Cover your project and let it cure for 24 hours.

The following day, your drawing will be covered with a glass-like finish. You can hang it on the wall but if you plan to sell and ship it, please wait for at least 72 hours until the resin is fully cured.