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How to Remove Epoxy Resin

Resin projects are known for their beauty and durability. You can create beautiful pieces and know that, once they cure, they will last. However, that same durability can make cleaning up a challenge. In this post we are telling you how to remove epoxy resin easily and effectively.  We know that mistakes happen. You accidentally spill some resin while reaching for another tool. Or, you get called away at the end of a project and forget you have resin hardening in your containers. While mixing your resin you get some on your skin. All of these things have happened to us too and, while they can be annoying, they are easily fixable!  How to Remove Epoxy Resin Plan Ahead As with most things in life, being proactive can solve many of your resin clean up problems before they even happen. One of the biggest pieces of advice we can give [...]

How to Clean Epoxy Resin

Knowing how to care for and clean epoxy resin projects will help you extend the lives of your projects and keep them as beautiful as the day you made them. We are sharing everything we know about resin cleansing!  Working with resin is fun and rewarding but it also takes a lot of time and effort. We understand that you want to keep your projects looking fabulous and we want to help you accomplish that. Below are our favorite resin cleaning methods for a variety of different types of pieces. We think we covered everything but let us know if there is an item we missed that you have questions about!    How to Clean Epoxy Resin How to Clean Resin Art    The term "resin art" covers a wide range of items that are created using epoxy resin. Wall art, jewelry, and artwork made with molds are just a [...]

Rick’s Mix is here *shouts from the rooftop*!

We have seen Rick Cheadle’s videos using Rick’s Mix from Counter CultureDIY on multiple surfaces, read a review, and witnessed before and after photos. How does the rest of the world feel about this all in one, acrylic latex paint? How easy is it to use for artists just beginning their fluid art journey? Is there a learning curve for more experienced artists? What do Youtube viewers think about the process and finished products? Comments from viewers: “Beautiful!! Amazing colors 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜” “Was not expecting that!” “Love those unique cells that popped up out of nowhere.👍👍” “Looks great! Very smooth indeed, you can tell it’s developed by someone who knows pouring. Love Rick’s art🤗” “I purchased his paints and they delivered very quickly. I will try the traveling ring pour with them after watching this. I have one painting that looks similar to your first one, I like it, but think [...]

What is Epoxy Resin? Your Questions Answered

Here at Counter Culture DIY our mission is to help you make the most of your resin crafting! Often that means answering questions and giving you the information you need to get the best project results. Today we are answering a common question: Just what the heck is epoxy resin anyway? There is often confusion about about the terms resin, epoxy resin, casting resin, etc.  Then you add in the brand names of resins and things get even more puzzling. These phrases make sense to people who have been working with resins for a while but for people who aren't familiar, they can be frustratingly unclear.  We are going to clear up the confusion by explaining what epoxy resin is and what it is used for!   What is Epoxy Resin? Your Questions Answered What is it? First thing's first! Epoxy resin is a composite made of two separate liquids [...]

Mica Powder Explained: What You Should Know

Mica powder is an amazing product to use in your resin projects. It is fun to use and gives your art a beautiful shimmer. However, there is some confusion about what it is and how it works. We explain mica powder and answer your questions so you can use it with confidence!  When you are deciding what your next resin art project should be, you often have a clear picture in your head. The challenge is deciding what to use and which steps you should take to get the result you're looking for. We want to help you understand all of the products available to you. Therefore, we have compiled some of the questions we get about mica powder and will give you the best answers we can. Armed with the right information, you will easily be able to incorporate mica powder in your resin art! Mica Powder Explained: What [...]

How to Make Resin Jewelry: Our Favorite Pieces

Making resin jewelry is one of the most popular resin projects out there.  And that's for good reasons!  These creations are so much fun to make, wear, and gift.  We are sharing our favorite jewelry making projects and tips so you can join the fun too.  Crafting jewelry with resin gives us so many ways to be creative.  You can use glitter, flowers, jewels...you name it! Sometimes all those possibilities can make figuring out where to start  a bit overwhelming.  To help you decide on your next resin jewelry project we have compiled some of our favorites.  Try one or try them all, each project has so much room for creativity and beauty! How to Make Resin Jewelry: Our Favorite Pieces Narrowing down our favorite resin jewelry projects was reeeally hard.  There are so many fun and creative ideas to choose from.  We know you are going to love these [...]

Resin Art for Beginners: 5 Things you Should Know

Creating with resin can be simple as well as rewarding! Resin art for beginners does come with a learning curve however. We are sharing with you the 5 things we wish we'd have known before starting on our resin art journey. We love working with resin and, most of the time, our projects turn out beautifully. But that hasn't always been the case. We were new at this once too. Many of us learned much of what we know through trial and error. We want to help you avoid the same mistakes we made so you can skip some of the frustration and get right to the joys of creating with resin! Resin Art for Beginners: 5 Things you Should Know 1. Measure, measure, measure! Did we mention measure? One of the most common mistakes that newbies make is not measuring properly. Of course you will thoroughly read the instructions [...]

5 Resin Craft Ideas: Perfect for keeping or gifting

There is no time like the present to get creating with resin. Whether you are new to resin art or a veteran looking for inspiration, get ready for some fabulous resin craft ideas!  Those of us who have been working with resin for awhile all have a go-to resin project. We love it, we have perfected it, and we will keep on creating it. But, we are also always looking for something fun and new to try and enjoy swapping ideas. The possibilities of creating with resin are nearly endless. This means it can also be a bit overwhelming. So, to help narrow it down for you, we have assembled five of our favorite resin craft ideas. 5 Resin Craft Ideas There are so many amazing things that you can do with resin. You can create beautiful jewelry and tumblers (those are whole other posts in themselves!) or use Artist [...]

The Difference between Artist Resin and Casting Resin

Have you found yourself with the perfect tumbler design or jewelry sketch in mind but get stuck deciding if you should use artist resin or casting resin to bring your ideal creation to life? We are here to help you determine which resin is just right for you to see your vision come to fruition! One of the questions we get asked the most is “What is the difference between artist resin and casting resin (Culture Cast)?” There are a few differences between the two resins and once you understand them you’ll be able to decide which one is best to use for your project.  Sometimes deciding between artist resin and casting resin has to do with personal preference but more often it has to do with which one is best suited to the project you have in mind. Both resins are FDA compliant and VOC free but you’ll need [...]

By |April 27th, 2020|0 Comments

Cloudy Resin – Why it happens and What to do About it

Whether you call it cloudy, milky, or foggy; you know something is off when your resin looks this way and it can be concerning. Don't worry, it is ok! We are going to tell you why it happens and what you can do about it. First of all, know that cloudy resin is totally normal so don’t worry! It can happen at different stages of use and for different reasons but most of the time the cloudiness can be reversed. Why it happens: Resin can look milky if its temperature is too low, there is any moisture in it, or if there are a lot of air bubbles from over stirring. When you mix the two part resin together it will often look cloudy in the beginning but will start to clear toward the end of mixing. What to do: You’ll want to keep the resin at its desired temperature. [...]

By |April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Rick’s Mix from Counter Culture DIY Product Review

In the world of paint pouring, additives that enhance flow characteristics and aid in cell creation are plenty, and plenty confusing for beginner and inexperienced fluid artists! Pouring mediums can also get very expensive as you experiment with creating the perfect mixture through trial and error. Rick’s Mix is a one stop shop for fluid artists, beginner or advanced!  I wanted to test this product without any additional tools, such as acetate ( a flexible sheet of plastic used to swipe one color over another), that would promote cell creation. I wanted to see how Rick’s Mix worked with minimal effort and set up, and let me say, it was effortless!  Materials used:  Rick’s Mix: Cherry Blossom Red, Daffodil Yellow, Lapis Blue, Coal Black, Alabaster White Canvas board Two plastic cups Plastic tray for spillover paint  Paint brush (for edges) Tablecloth to protect surface underneath First impressions: I chose to [...]

By |April 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Acrylic Pouring Artist Rick Cheadle Spotlight

  We recently got a chance to sit down and talk to one of our favorite artists, Rick Cheadle. If you aren’t familiar with Rick, and his incredible artwork, you’ve been missing out. He describes himself as a life-long artist, who, like many of us, let life temporarily sidetrack us away from our passion, but ultimately has made art the center of his life. Here’s the full interview: Q. Why do you do what you do? A. Being creative has always been a driving force. It is what fuels everything in my life. Q. How do you work? A. Very erratically. I have wide intervals that can range from 12 -14 hour work days to 12-14 days off. Seriously. Because of my curious nature and love of learning new things, I get easily distracted & I'm not always mentally ready or inspired to paint. I also publish music and this is my muse at times. As far as painting, my motto is [...]

By |April 17th, 2020|0 Comments