Now that the kids are back to school and fall is in full swing, many in the creative industries are turning their attentions to the gift giving season. Meg Epps of Lyndly Grove is back with a painted resin coaster tutorial. And the finished coasters are not only beautiful, they also make great gifts!
Intro Meg has shown us now to make so many fabulous coasters over the years. And she nails it again with this painted resin coaster tutorial. Meg uses Pop of Color Shock Paints and UV Resin to make adorable resin coasters with a boho feel. Even if painting isn’t one of the skills in your tool box, you can absolutely make these coasters!
This writer has very little painting ability. And even I was able to create these beauties using Meg’s easy to follow instructions. It may not look like it when you see the finished resin coasters. But each step is abstract and very forgiving. And an acrylic paint marker ties everything together beautifully. So grab your favorite Pop of Color Shock Paints and your favorite CCDIY Artist Resin and let’s get crafting!
Painted Resin Coaster Tutorial
Blurb Choose your Base For her resin coasters, Meg started with wood blanks. You can do the same or you could also use acrylic base. Another option is to start with an epoxy base. To do this, simply mix up a batch of Artist Resin and partially fill a silicone coaster mold. Allow that to cure and you can paint right onto it.
The nice thing about using an epoxy coaster base is that you can easily wipe off any painting mistakes you make. No matter which base you choose for your coasters, however, the rest of the process will be the same. So choose what you have on hand or what works best for you.
Choose your Color Pallet
Meg uses a boho color pallet for her coasters. And we have listed the exact shades she uses so you can do the same if you want to. But you can also choose any color combination you love. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the colors to use on a painted project. There are no hard and fast rules though. Just suggestions!
For many artists, choosing a color pallet comes naturally through our eyes. We can look at a grouping and easily choose the shades that will work beautifully together. But there are also many of us who struggle with this step. So here are a few pointers to get us started.
First, a color pallet typically contains 5 colors. From your main color down to your detail color. You also want your pallet to be all warm or all cool shades. From there, decide if you want your colors to compliment each other or add contrast. Once you have chosen your pallet, practice with it on a scrap piece of material.
Use small amounts of paint and play around with the color combinations you chose. That way, when it’s time to actually put paint to canvas (in this case, coaster) you will already be happy with your color choices.
Choose your Resin
You can use any type of Artist Resin to make these painted coasters. We love using UV Resin for our coasters because, not only does it cure very quickly, it also gives superior shine and beauty. If you don’t have UV Resin though, you can use Artist Resin. You will still have fabulous results, you just have to wait a bit longer for the resin to cure.
If you are in a hurry, we suggest that you use Thin Viscosity because it cures faster than Medium Viscosity or the original Artist Resin. That will get you through your painting layers more quickly. But any Artist Resin that you have on hand will work great. Your cure times will just vary.
Painted Resin Coaster Tutorial
- Golden Yellow Shock Paint
- Pear Shock Paint
- Terra Cotta Shock Paint
- Woods at Night Shock Paint
- Ecru Shock Paint
- Black Shock Paint
- Frozen Flakes
- Counter Culture DIY UV Resin
- Counter culture DIY UV light
- Paint brush
- Dotting tool
- Heat gun
- Wooden or acrylic coaster blanks
- medicine cups
- Small Silicone Mixing Sticks
- Glitter Spoon
- Black acrylic marker
- Protective gloves
- Filter mask
- Silicone mat
- Start by using a pencil to sketch in your lines. These are very wide Ss or squiggle lines. Do two lines on one side and three on the other.
- Now use the Pear Shock paint to fill in the background of your coasters.
- Then fill two lines with Terra Cotta Shock Paint. One on one side and one on the other. Choose a line that will be next to the Pear so the colors pop.
- Next, paint the middle portion of your three line section with Woods at Night Shock Paint.
- Then fill the last two lines with Golden Yellow.
- Next, add a second coat of the Golden Yellow and Woods at Night and then let your paint dry. You can use a heat gun to speed this up but Pop of Color Paints dry very quickly on their own.
- Now add UV Resin to a medicine cup. Then add a little scoop of the Frozen Flakes and stir to combine them.
- Then pour a bit of the resin onto your coasters. Use a gloved finger to spread and smooth the resin over the whole coaster. Allow the coasters to sit for a few minutes to the resin can settle. Or use a heat gun to smooth it out.
- Then put the coasters under the UV Lamp to cure.
- When the resin is cured, use the dotting tool and Ecru Shock Paint to add tiny flowers to the coaster.
- Then use the dotting tool to add groups of three dots around the coaster.
- Once the paint is dry, add another layer of UV Resin and allow it to cure.
- Next, use the paint marker to outline your flowers. You want this to be a little messy so the flowers and the outline are off set. Then add a few sets of black dots.
- Now outline your squiggle lines. And add some small line details.
- Then paint the sides of the coasters with Black Shock Paint. And add polka dots when the black paint is dry.
- Finally, give the coasters another layer of UV Resin and let it cure under the lamp.
The Finishing Touches
And that’s how to make painted resin coasters with a boho theme! These coasters are perfect for keeping, selling, and gifting! And, especially when you use UV Resin, they are quick to create. Make them in batches to have on hand as hostess gifts or party favors. Or create them specifically with a friend or family member in mind.
As always, a big thanks to Meg for sharing her time and talent with us. If you loved learning from Meg and want to see more of her creations and tutorials you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and you can check out her Facebook group, Curious Crafters.
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