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Want to get started making resin art? Here's what you need

Decorate with your very own gallery-worthy artwork without spending thousands of dollars.

Let's Resin resin mold starter kit

Let's Resin resin mold starter kit

Let's Resin

Resin art is popular not just as a hobby, but as a way to create impressively high-priced pieces of art (just imagine having one of those in your living room). Now, we may not be able to teach you how to become the Vincent Van Gogh of resin in a single article, but we can give you some tips and recommendations that will set you on the path to become, oh gee I dunno, the Monet… or, at very least, a Jackson Pollack. If you don’t mind.

Everything You Need to Make Resin Art

Plastic Covering to Protect Your Workspace

Pick For Life 10-Piece Plastic Drop Cloth Set, $26.99

20 Piece Painter Plastic Drop Cloths Sheet
LOOBANI
amazon.com
$37.59

Before you start doing any work with resin, you want to make sure your workspace is protected. This stuff can make a mess if it gets on anything that it shouldn’t. So just cover the area with a plastic drop cloth set and you’ll be good to go. And the clean up is easy as pie: When you’re done, just roll it up and throw it away!

Cradled Painting Boards (to pour the resin into)

YoleShy 6-Piece 8” x 8” Cradled Painting Boards, $16.99

YoleShy 6 Pcs 8'' x 8'' Unfinished Wood Cradled Painting Panel Boards for Arts & Craft - Wooden Canvas Panels
YoleShy
amazon.com
$17.99

When you’re making resin art, you’ll need some sort of mold to pour the resin in so that it can dry into the final shape. While you can certainly get far more creative than this as you get better and better at it, let’s keep it simple for beginners: Get your hands on some rectangular cradled painting boards, and you’ll be able to make a few basic pieces that will be the perfect accent to any room in your house. 

Clear Resin & Pigments

Naked Fusion Clear Epoxy Art Resin — 1 Gallon Kit, $89.95

Sumerbox Resin and Resin Pigment Set, $19.99

Epoxy Resin and Resin Pigment Set - Crystal Clear Epoxy Resin
SUMERBOX
amazon.com
$19.99

This is a pretty easy one. But in order to get very far in making your own resin art, one thing is more important than anything else — the resin! You will start with a clear resin and then add whichever pigments you want to make the perfect color.  This resin and pigment set from Sumerbox comes with 20 different colors and a bit more clear resin too, so you’ll be set!

Handheld Level

Swanson Tool Co. 12” Aluminum Level, $11.61

Swanson Tool SWTBL500M Tool Box Level, 12"
Swanson Tool Co., Inc
amazon.com
$11.33

One thing that many people getting into the exciting world of resin art don’t really think about is a level. With resin, it naturally flows to fill up the mold that you’re pouring it into. That said, if something isn’t level, you’ll be able to tell — one side of the art will be thicker than the other. So for just over $10, you can buy this Swanson handheld level (and some peace of mind!).  

How to Make Your Own Resin Art

Now that you have everything you need, here’s how to get started:

Set Up Your Workspace

Getting the workspace setup is essential for the perfect final product (and for easy cleanup). Start by putting down one of the plastic drop cloths from above to keep everything clean. Then get your work table or surface ready to go and use your level to make sure it’s even. Get all your resin bottles and mixing cups that you’ll be using, and finally set the mold(s) down. Check the level of the molds one more time to be safe, and then you’re good to go.

Get Your Resin Ready To Go

With resin, there are basically two color options to choose from: clear, and anything but. Clear is the easiest because you’ll have plenty of clear resin at your disposal. To make the different colors, you’ll need to add pigment to some clear resin and then mix it with a paint stirring stick

You’ll be doing the artwork layer by layer, so get all the colors that you want ready to go before you start on that layer, so that you don’t risk anything drying too quickly. 

Pour the Resin One Layer at a Time

This is where you’ll really start making your art. If it’s just going to be one layer, then that’s easy. Start pouring the resin into the mold in the order that makes the most sense. I typically start with clear, but it’s best to just start with whichever the main background color is going to be. As you pour, make sure to pop the air bubbles that form!

Once the background is poured, you can start adding in other colors. This is where resin art really gets amazing! With a paint stirring stick, you can start swirling the colors together in unique and beautiful ways. The way the resin interacts with itself makes it easy to add amazing designs to your artwork, even if you have little to no experience working with it.

If you’re going to be adding more than one layer, the process doesn’t really change. Just make sure you let the layer underneath dry and cure completely before adding on. Other than that, just keep pouring, popping bubbles, and mixing, and in no time at all, you’ll have a masterpiece on your hands.

Pop it Out of the Mold

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. You finally get to pop the resin piece out of the mold and see it in all its glory. Once it has cooled completely, work to carefully separate the mold from the resin. If everything has had time to cool and cure, it should work its way out fairly easily.

Once it’s ready to come out of the mold, carefully remove it, and voila: Your very own resin masterpiece is finished, and riches and fame are just around the corner. Maybe.