Hi there! Today I am going to make a 2- sided resin art on a heart-shaped plywood pattern. This project is not for newbie resin artists because it is quite difficult. Despite the challenges, I am so impressed with the outcome that I am excited to share it with you.
First, you need to look for a heart-shaped plywood pattern with a hole at the center. I get mine from a hobby craft shop or an online store. For this project, I want to replicate an ocean pattern on both sides. If you want to have a different image on different sides, you can do that; or make both sides look like a continuation of the other half. The latter is more challenging because you need to create an image which looks like the ocean is running on both sides. In this project, we will do a slightly different image on each side.
Let’s begin by painting the surface using acrylic paints. If you want to prime the wood prior to painting, you can do that as well. Apply the paint on the wood. Use colors that resemble the water and sand scene. Be imaginative on how you want to show the ocean scene using paints. Use paints for the sand, water, and sky. Use paints shades of brown and blue.
Leave the paint to dry. If you want to add extras like starfish or shells, you may do so at this stage.
It’s time to prepare the Counter Culture DIY Artist Resin. In a container, mix equal parts of resin and hardener. Stir the mixture properly for about 3 minutes. Make sure to scrape off the bottom and the sides of the container to fully incorporate both ingredients. Divide resin into 3-4 smaller cups, depending on how many colors you will use.
I use dispersion colors from Counter Culture DIY, namely Cobalt, Sky Blue, and Sand. I just add a few drops to color the resin. I stir each cup to blend the color perfectly.
I put some plastic cups to hold the project. Then I pour resin on top of the acrylic paint. I guide the resin to places where it needs to be using a Popsicle stick. After I cover all surfaces with resin, I add Armor Art to create lacing and special effects in the resin. This is perfect in making a wave in the ocean scene.
I use a handheld torch to remove the bubbles from the resin. Torching also helps in blending the colors to create a wonderful ocean-like scenery. Let the resin cure for 24 hours.
After the resin has cured, I just repeat the same steps to make an ocean scene on the other side. Once done, I put a string in the hole at the center and find a nice spot to hang it in my living room.