Today, we are going to teach you how to use Artist Resin on acrylic painting. This is one of the most common applications of epoxy resin for artists. To avoid running on certain issues in the use of the resin, I’m going to teach you certain techniques that will make the process easier and more efficient.
First, you need to prepare the painting. Clean it off using dish soap and a wet paper towel. I suggest that you have an extra painting on standby, which is smaller than your main painting. The idea is that you have another painting where you can pour the extra resin after working on the first one. Both paintings must be cleaned before going to the next step.
The canvass has the tendency to collect the resin at the center. To resolve this problem, I supported the back of the canvass with a piece of cardboard. Then, I stacked some yogurt cups in the middle and at the four corners of the canvass. Settle your painting against the yogurt cups and press the center. If the canvass does not sink, that means it’s being supported in the middle.
Now, it’s time to mix your resin. Get identical plastic cups and use them to measure an equal amount of resin and hardener (Parts A and B) from Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin. Use the ridges on the cups to guide you in properly measuring the resin. Using a wood, flat stirrer, gently stir each cap.
Pour each cup on a bigger mixing container. Make sure to scrape all the resin on each cup. Gently stir the mixture for at least 3 minutes.
Slowly pour the mixture into the canvass. Using a scraper, spread it up to the sides. You will notice that the tendency of the resin is to go back to the center so want to push it out. Spread the resin all the way to the edges. Pour more resin as needed. Technically, you need 1/8 inch of the coating but since you have no way to measure it, a good feel on it and a lot of practice will help you determine if you have applied enough.
With your gloved fingers, run them around the edges. You want the edges to be coated thinly and evenly as well.
See some bubbles forming? Here, we use a heat gun or a handheld torch to burst them out. Quickly run the torch above the resin but not too close though. Use the torch to incinerate small pieces of hair or dust too. Double check for bubbles and run the torch again if needed. Do it within 15 minutes after you pour the resin.
If you have an excess resin, pour it on the smaller painting and follow the steps above.
Now, it’s time to cover your painting. Set up cups at the four corners near the canvass (it must be slightly higher than your work). Get a trash bag and adhere each side of the bag in each cup using a tape. Make sure the trash bag is not touching the resin below it.
Let the resin cure for 72 hours. After a few days, you will see a shiny finish which makes the painting more beautiful!