There has been quite a lot of interest in the art community lately about embellished and geode style pours. I’ve receive hundred of messages about mine after posting them on Instagram and Facebook, and I wanted to share an easy way to get started embellishing your acrylic pours to make them look like geodes. The great thing about this tutorial is you can apply the technique to any acrylic pour you’ve already done.
While I go over a specific type of resin work in this article, I’ve also created a downloadable course on how to do resin artwork for those interested in taking their resin art to the next level. There’s also an option to include a supply kit that will give you all the supplies you need to get started. You can find my course and kits here.
Supplies I Used
- Any fully dry acrylic pour, unvarnished
- Resin of your choice. I like to use Counter Culture Resin for artists.
- Silicone brush
- Gemstones of your choice (I use quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst)
- Micro glitter
- Gold/silver leaf
- Posca pens (I like to use two different widths)
- Safety materials (respirator, gloves, drip tray)
- Blow torch
- Mixing cups
- Popsicle sticks
For this tutorial, I started with an acrylic pour I had in my studio that was unvarnished. Make sure it is fully dry and clean of any silicone residue that may be on the surface. Resin and silicone don’t mix well, so the less that is on the painting, the better.
If you want to create a new pour just for this project, use whatever colors and pouring method you prefer. I personally like having some metallics in the mix. This is a great way, though, to repurpose some paintings that may be hanging around your home or studio.
To start embellishing, mix an appropriate amount of resin for your size of pour; for my 8×8 here, I use about four to six ounces. Add in micro glitter of your choice and mix well. For my emerald geode, I mix green and white together. Mix your resin according to the directions and apply about half of it to your leveled painting.
Once the surface and sides are completely covered, now we can begin embellishing with gold or silver leaf and our real gemstones. The stones and gold leaf will adhere with just resin, no other adhesive necessary.
With a gloved hand, add your gold or silver leaf to the tops and sides of your painting. I think thin lines of gilding look best and enhance the geode look.
I then follow along these gilded lines and apply my quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst directly on top of my gold or silver leaf. You can use any gemstones you like, but I do find that real gemstones look the best and create the most realistic result.
Once I have all my gemstones and leafing in place, I use the remainder of my reserved glitter resin to pour on top of my leaf and stones. This layer of resin will make sure all your stones have a glossy finish and are completely secured to your painting.
Now it’s time to run your blow torch over the surface of your resin to pop all the bubbles and give it a perfect glass finish. It’s important to not stay in one area for too long or you will burn your resin or your leafing.
Remember to cover your painting while it dries, so that dust particles in the air don’t fall into your resin. After your geode has sat undisturbed for at least a day (or until hard), you can add some finishing touches.
Posca brand pens are safe to use directly on top of cured resin and won’t come off once dry. I use them to add fine lines and details, just like you find in a geode. Switch up the thicknesses and colors of your lines to add more dimension and depth.
Now that you have the basics, you can create any color geode you want. Start making acrylic pours with geode embellishments in mind. Mix up your gemstones, glitter colors, leafing, and pens.
If you decide to try this at home, please let us know in the comments how it goes. The possibilities with this technique are as endless as they are beautiful!
Ann is a wife, mom to 5 kids, and pastry chef turned full time artist. In 2017 she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and discovered painting as a new creative outlet. She went from having never painted to becoming a full time artist in less than a year.
Her art is inspired by the beauty and mystery of Hawaii, and she specializes in resin, acrylic, watercolor, and heavy texture. Discover more of her work, including timelapses and art to purchase, on her instagram @annupton.art. You can also check out Ann’s resin course that teaches the basics of resin and techniques she uses to make her beautiful art.