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How To Finish an Acrylic Pour Painting with Resin (Beginner’s Guide)

Many artists like to use a gloss varnish on their paintings to seal and protect them, and give a nice shiny finish. I use MinWax Polycrylic on mine. But if you really want to take your finish up a level, then adding resin on top of your pour gives the most glossy, the most luxurious and the most professional looking finish.

However it comes at a price. Resin is more expensive than varnish or other finishes. But when you feel you are worth it, and so is your art, or you have a very special piece, or a special commission, then you should give it a try. Danny shows you how to apply resin in two thin coats on top of a canvas with an acrylic pour in this video.

In this video we go over a simple resin technique. If you’re interested in improving your overall resin skills and learning some new techniques I recommend Ann Upton’s Resin Course. She’s a resin expert and has put together this course to teach beginners the basics, and the more advanced some of her specific techniques she uses to create incredible beach scenes. She also has an option to bundle the resin supplies she uses in a resin kit that makes it easy to follow along and know you’re using exactly what she is.

10 thoughts on “How To Finish an Acrylic Pour Painting with Resin (Beginner’s Guide)”

    1. I honestly don’t know Michelle. Crazing in the varnish maybe, but not in the paint. The resin would only add a clear top coat so if the paint looks cracked, it would still look cracked but with a clear coat over it – I would have thought.

  1. Hi Deby, You mention at the top of this article that you use Minwax polycrylic. I have purchased some and am eager to try it. Do you mix it in directly with your paint, coat the top after or both? What would be the ratio of minwax to paint? Your help would be tremendous. Thank you Michelle

    1. Would like to know about mini wax also. This is the best video yet. So calming no crazy loud music. Very good

  2. Hi Deby,

    I’m currently working on a canvas portrait using only graphite pencils and charcoal for shadow effects. But I’d like to create more shine and depth to the portrait, so I was thinking if resin might be a good idea? I definitely don’t want to smudge any of the portrait, especially the layers of hair.

    Could you give me some advice?
    Thank you.

  3. Hi
    I did an resin pour over an acrylic paint pour which I had added silicon to the white paint. The resin would not stick on the white paint and left empty spots where the white paint was. Any ideas why and how to fix? Thanks in advance from a beginner.

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