This is about the most nervous I’ve been since I started pouring. Today I am trying a new product. I am going to attempt to coat two of my mini 3-inch canvases with Art Resin using some acrylic pouring resin techniques. Wish me luck!
In this video I go over a simple, single resin technique. If you want to really nail the basics of resin and learn some new techniques then I recommend Ann Upton’s Resin Course. She’s a resin expert and is very well known in the resin scen. She’s developed this course to teach beginners the basics, and the more advanced some of her specific techniques she uses to create incredible beach scenes. You can also bundle the course with a resin kit that will make sure you have everything you need to start working with resin and follow her course. Anyways, back to the post!
I was able to pick up this mini pack of Art Resin from my local stationery store. It was expensive, and there is only 4oz in each bottle so I have to be careful I don’t make both a big sticky mess and a very big expensive mess. Therefore I’m starting out with two very small mini 3 inch canvases to cover. Each already has a dried acrylic pour painting.
On one canvas, I added a few gold accents using this DecoArt Gold Glitter Paint Writer. OMG, that is really nice. If you want to add a little glitter detail to your pours and have some good control over where you add it, these glitter writers are ideal for that. Usually I would just varnish over with my favorite finish for acrylic paintings, but I thought it would be nice to add that glitter accent under the resin.
Used in this project:
Mini 3 inch canvases
Gold Glitter Writer (also available in other colors)
UltraFine blue glitter
Pushpins(oh dear, find out why these were a mistake)
ArtResin Calculator – how much resin you need for your project based on size
I carefully set up my two mini canvases with masking tape on the back side to catch and remove any resin drips, then pushed a pushpin into each corner to keep them raised off the surface. These were new pushpins and you’ll see in the video how they created a big problem! Take great care if you are using them on mini canvases!
So there we are. The good, the bad and the downright ugly. In fairness it was not the problem with the resin, it was entirely user error and the fact that I pushed the pushpins right through into the surface of the painting and didn’t then notice until I had the resin already on there and starting to set. What a mess I made! The first one is beautiful, the others will need another coat to cover up the mess I made handling them the first time.
But I learned a lot. I’m sorry to report that I fell totally in love with adding resin to my paintings. WOW! Does it give an incredible finish, and the ability to add extra sparkle makes me a very happy lady. But the prices do not make my bank manager very happy. The ArtResin was SO easy to use. No fumes so a mask wasn’t necessary although of course you should use gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. If you are sensitive, you might want to consider working with a respirator mask if you want to use resin. Other than that, grab yourself one of those little kits and give it a try! Don’t forget to add a little extra sparkle to your life 🙂
Here’s some pictures in a slideshow you can scroll through. I’ve shown the bad parts too and will report back again on if I was able to cover them all up easily with a second coat.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.