It’s harder to paint on a resin than any other surfaces. Unlike canvas or wood, the paint doesn’t stick to resin very well. However, I want to share with you my personal tips on how to paint on resin!

Tip #1: Use a primer

“No More Dimples” Art Primer is designed to coat your acrylic pour after it has cured and before your resin coat. This urethane primer will isolate contaminants and create a consistent surface for your resin to flow out perfectly. Art primer greatly increases adhesion between the resin and your art.

Directions: Apply a very thin coat of Art Primer to the surface with a brush, foam brush or roller and let completely dry (you can force dry with a fan or a hair dryer to speed up the process). Apply a very thin second coat in the same fashion, let it completely dry, and then start painting the resin. 

Tip #2: Choose the right type of paint

If you’re a beginner, I suggest using acrylic paint. Once you get the hang of it, you can switch to craft paint. When it comes to applying paint, I find using synthetic brushes like Taklon and White Taklon to be the best. You’ll most likely need miniature brushes to add very small details to your painting, as these brushes come with very fine tips.

Tip #3: Patience is a virtue

Unlike the traditional painting, painting on resin takes a while. You will start by adding the main color you plan to use. Dab the paint on, however, it will leave streaks of paint, rather than opaque color. Don’t add more than enough color to make it opaque in one ply. What you can do is after the base color has dried, you can start to add details to your painted image.

Tip #4 Use a paper towel to wipe off any mistakes

While the paint is still wet, wiping it is very easy. Use a wet paper towel to remove the stroke. However, before adding a new paint or resin, everything must be dried first. Make sure that when you are using a paper towel, no dust or paper particles are added to the resin. Or, just use a cloth towel. Whichever you choose, you need to let the piece cure a bit before doing another step.

Tip #5

Avoid scratching the painting

One downside of wiping the mistakes easily is that you can also damage the painting. If you are using a palette, make sure it doesn’t scrape your piece. Or apply another layer resin after the painting is done to conceal the scratches (which is what I do).