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How To Cover a Large Photo with Resin

Epoxy resin can make photos look more vibrant because it is translucent and glass-like.  As photos vary in sizes and shape, coating them with epoxy resin might be tricky, especially when it is a big one.  Applying Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin to a large photo print may seem pretty complicated in terms of size, but the truth is it's just as simple as putting resin into small prints.  In this blog we'll discuss how to use Artist Resin to cover a large photo.   Covering photos with resin gives a different look than the usual glass that comes with a frame.  Below are the steps on how to cover a large photo with resin: Before you begin, take out the photo that you will be using.  Cut a piece of heavy cardboard or something similar, 1/4" smaller than your photo and center it under your photo so it stays level [...]

By |December 24th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Shape Artist Resin

There are so many art projects that you can do with CCDIY Artist Resin. You can take advantage of its flexibility to create plates, mini bowls, discs, whatever shape you like. Prepare your resin as instructed. Divide the resin to add colors. For colorants, you can choose either mica pigment or dispersion colors, whatever you like.  Mix the resin plus the colors well. Make sure you have an extra clear resin just in case you will need more later on. Let the resin sit for about 10-15 minutes before pouring.  We want a consistency that is not runny so that we can mold the shape easily. Prepare the materials. We need a very flexible heavy plastic (such as a shower curtain) or a thin silicone matt with a smooth, shiny gloss to keep the gloss of the resin. (Tip: Artists Resin “copies” the surface that it adheres to. Glossy surface=glossy [...]

By |December 20th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Make Resin Coasters Using Pine Needles

Christmas is just around the corner. Who’s excited?!! Have you set up your Christmas tree yet?  If not, it's time to get a pine tree. But do you wonder what you can do with the tree after the holidays? In this blog, we will show you how you can preserve pine needles using CCDIY Artist Resin.  You can do this each year to preserve the memory of a wonderful holiday season. Materials:     CCDIY Artist Resin     Coaster Silicone Molds     Mixing cups, stir sticks, disposable gloves     Pine needles     Heat Gun/Torch   Step 1: Mix the resin CCDIY Artist Resin is so easy to mix. All you need is to mix 1 part of resin and hardener.  Mix with a stir stick for about 3 minutes.   Step 2: Pour into the mold With six ounces of resin, you can fill-up two cavities, maybe [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Make Christmas Tree Ornament Using Artist Resin

If you haven't set up your Christmas Tree yet, this is the best time to do it. Take out the tree, lights, and ornaments.  If you're missing a few decorations, you don't need to shop. You can create new ones with CCDIY Artists Resin. Here’s how: Christmas Tree Ornament #1: Multi-Colored Ornament If you have an old glass ornament, remove any glitter using acetone. Wash with water and soap, then let dry. Mix 1:1 ratio of resin and hardener.  Divide the mixture into smaller amounts into three separate cups, depending on how many colors you want to use. In each small cup of resin, put a few drops of your favorite dispersion color or even mica pigments. Mix well. Pour the colors over the ornament. Don't worry if the resin is drippy; it doesn't have to be perfect. (Tip: To avoid runny resin, let it sit for 10 minutes before [...]

By |December 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Paperweight with Silver Leafing Using Cast Resin

A resin paperweight is a great gift idea for any occasion.  You can do these in batches and keep them on hand to give throughout the year.  From birthdays to holidays, this DIY project is a beautiful way to show that you care! Here are the things that you need:  Counter Culture DIY Casting Resins Paperweight Mold Gilding Flakes in Silver Counter Culture DIY  Dispersion Colors (in the colors of your choice) Mixing Cups Stir Sticks Step 1: Follow the directions for Counter Culture DIY's Casting Resins.  Culture Cast is 1:1, Hard Cast is 2:1. Mix for about three minutes. Pour into the mold leaving about 1/4" unfilled. Step 2: Sprinkle silver gilding flakes into the resin. Tear some with your fingers to make smaller pieces. Use stir sticks or toothpick to arrange them. Cover the piece and let it cure for 24 hours for Culture Cast and 48 hours [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|0 Comments

How to Fix Dust on Epoxy Resin

Ok, so you've done your artwork, let it dry overnight, and in the morning, you look at it, and wait, what? There is hair on it!!! Seriously? How on earth did it get there? What are you going to do now? Oh, no! We understand what this means to you. Trust us, we've been there. It happens to most of us. Dust particles, hair, hair bunnies, and whatever is in there that's not supposed to be there can really freak you out. These particles (including bugs!) that got stuck to the resin can be taken out to salvage your artwork. Here is what you can do: Get the things you need to take out these nasties. You can use popsicle sticks, tweezers, toothpick, or a glue/resin spreader. Put on your hand gloves. Pick everything off using any of the tools. For bigger chunks, use the tweezers. Use whatever is best [...]

By |December 11th, 2019|0 Comments

FIFO Bottles by Counter Culture DIY

If you are not using our FIFO bottles yet, you are missing out. Counter Culture DIY FIFO bottles are 2 pieces of 16 oz, easy to squeeze plastic bottles. It is NSF certified, meaning it’s safe to use even for food items. How Does it Help? Well, Counter Culture DIY FIFO bottles are products of revolutionary technology that uses the force of gravity to keep the resin near the nozzle. There is no need for you to bang the bottle on the table to get the resin out. No banging means your bottle will last longer. Using these bottles will help decrease waste up to 10%. The tip is made from a non-drip silicone valve, which will helps contain the resin without leaks. It’s so easy to use. If you're going to fill it in with resin, take out the cap on top, while keeping the nozzle locked. Artists’ Testimonials [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|0 Comments

The Difference Between Mica Powder and Pigment Powder

Many members from our Facebook Group Page are getting mixed-up with the terms “Mica Powder” and “Mica Pigment.” First of all, both are excellent art tools that can be used together with resin and translucent polymer clay. They add color and texture to various surfaces. But they are not the same.  Mica powder has a shimmer, while pigment powder is matte. They also behave differently. Mica Powder Mica powder comes from natural stones with shiny properties. When these stones are pulverized, you get mica powder. This is the reason why mica powder shimmers like metallic.  Mica powder is commonly used to add metallic effects to your artwork. It comes in a wide variety of colors. While mica powders are colored, it's not advisable to use them as a primary source for coloring your art. Their main purpose is to add luster. They are not known for creating bright colors. Pigment [...]

By |December 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

The Role of Creativity After Tragedy

Having witnessed heart-breaking events in the past, we at Counter Culture DIY, want to share our insights on how to use creativity as a form of therapy. Rehabilitation after a tragedy is something we can work on ourselves - diverting negative emotions into positive energy.  Emotions like sorrow and pain are prevalent after a tragedy. However, overcoming these harrowing feelings can make us better in the end.  Creativity and Healing A wonderful therapeutic way of healing is art.  Art helps in expressing emotions through craft projects, colors, or music.  Spreading bright or soft paint on a canvas, grasping the subtle rhythm of a colored pencil, or even getting your hands on wet clay is very therapeutic. With art, you are the one who controls what you feel.  Imagination can compensate for the restrictions of language.  President Obama, addressing to the Pulse Night club victim’s relatives, said: “grief is beyond description.”  [...]

By |December 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Artist Resin Craft Idea: Vinyl Record Coaster

A vinyl record coaster is an interesting decoration that you can use for parties and events. Today, we will talk about how to make them using Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin. Here are simple steps to make vinyl record coaster:   Start with Counter Culture DIY wood circle 6” as a base. Prime it with black acrylic paint to make it look like a record.    Search online for images of old 45 records of your favorite songs and artists. Print them on photo paper or cardstock.  Make sure the label part of your image is about 3” in diameter. Cut out the label.   Use a permanent black marker around the edges of the paper. You need to do this so that when you lay it on the black base, your edges won't be as noticeable.    Use an adhesive like Mod Podge to adhere your label at the [...]

By |November 29th, 2019|0 Comments

What Makes Artist Resin Look “Milky”?

Your resin looks milky when there are a multitude of micro bubbles trapped inside. It can happen when your resin is stored in cold temperature, you've stirred too vigorously etc. Today we're discussing how cool temperatures can affect your resin. Let's say you did what the instructions tell you to do: mix 1:1 ratio of resin and hardener, and mix them well before pouring it onto your art. You spread it out…and then you notice the bubbles. There's a lot of them and even torching can't take them out. What did you do wrong? You checked other artists' work and nothing looked like it. Using thermometers can tell you precisely whether it's too cold or not. The ideal room temperature for working with resin is 71 °F- 75°F.  If you are working in a cold place, keeping a space heater can be a good solution. As a quick fix, you [...]

By |November 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Art Ideas for Mica Powder

If you want to add depth and color to your art projects, mica powder creates a beautiful, natural looking effect.  If you’re not using them on your artwork yet, you might be missing out. Mica powder comes from natural minerals, which are pulverized into powder, which is proven safe for home use. Here are some art ideas for mica powder: Rubber Stamp Mica powder is guaranteed to add sheen to your rubber stamp projects. Rubber stamp with mica powder is perfect for many craft projects. Just push the rubber stamp firmly on the ink pad, stamp the paper project, then cover the design with mica powder. Let the ink dry. Shake-off the excess powder from the design. Pour the extra powder back to the container. See the result- a stunning homemade paper project! Clay Mix mica powder with raw clay. Use as much or as little as you want, depending [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|0 Comments