How to Properly Preserve Your Epoxy Resin Art Pieces
Epoxy resin is a material many people know as something that helps with home improvement.
It’s used mainly as an adhesive and sealant due to the fact that it offers terrific heat and chemical resistance. Because epoxy resin starts out as something pliable, it can be used on all kinds of surfaces prior to its hardening and becoming a more durable material. When you need to repair something around your home, chances are that epoxy resin will prove quite helpful.
Notably, epoxy resin is not just something you need to reach for when you have to make repairs around your home. If you want to indulge your artistic side, the aforementioned material will continue to be useful.
What Are the Different Examples of Epoxy Resin Art?
One of the best things about epoxy resin is that it can be utilized in a variety of ways as a tool for creating art.
First off, you don’t have to deviate from how this material is typically used. When trying to enhance previously created art pieces, you can use epoxy resin to coat different items. Coating an object in resin gives it a lustrous finish that is remarkably appealing.
Art ‘N Glow notes that epoxy resin has also been used for preserving items such as flowers and leaves. Upon being preserved, the item enveloped in the resin will retain its form – effectively suspended in time.
You can also pour the resin into molds and create some interesting pieces in the process. Mix some fun colors in there and you can make something very special.
For the purposes of this article though, what we’re most interested in is how epoxy resin is used to create paintings.
How Does a Painting Make from Epoxy Resin Art Stand Out?
When done right, abstract art can be absolutely stunning. The patterns seemingly disparate and unrelated at first combining to create a cohesive piece is truly a sight to behold.
It just so happens that epoxy resin is a terrific material to use for that particular application. Remember that resin is very pliable and easy to manipulate when it is first poured. You can take advantage of that by creating intricate patterns or simply allowing your artistic instincts to take over.
When you are done integrating the colors and patterns you want to see in your epoxy resin painting, you can then put it aside and wait for it to properly set. Once the piece has finally set, you get a painting that looks like it has been etched into a marble surface.
You can properly incorporate finer details into pieces that make use of more conventional painting materials, but you will need to use epoxy resin to get that spectacular shine and marbleized effect.
How Do You Make an Epoxy Resin Art Painting?
You’ve probably seen a few art pieces made out of epoxy resin by now and the odds are that you’ve like what you’ve seen. So, what do you actually need to do if you want to create a resin art piece of your own?
The first step involves gathering all the necessary materials.
According to artist Sheri Vegas, you will need different colors of paint, some disposable cups and utensils, a measuring jug, a blowtorch, some wax paper, a surface to paint, a table, and of course, the resin. A block of wood could also prove handy.
You may want to put on some gloves and an apron to protect yourself from the materials you’ll be using. It’s always best to err on the side of caution after all.
With all the materials gathered, you can go ahead and cover the table that will serve as your workstation in wax paper. The floors of your home will be thankful that you followed this step.
You should also elevate the surface you’ll be painting. Place the block of wood on the table and position the canvas on top of it.
After that, go ahead and mix together the two parts of the epoxy resin in the measuring jug. Make use of a utensil to mix the components thoroughly. Prepare multiple resin mixtures featuring different colors.
From this point on, you need to work with a sense of urgency because the resin is now starting to harden.
Grab a cup next and pour a little bit of paint into it and add the resin after that. You want a 90 to 10 ratio of resin to paint in order to get quality colors. Mix the resin and the paint carefully.
You can now go ahead and pour the resin mixture on to your painting surface. Start by pouring the mixture into the middle and then moving it around by tilting the surface or using a utensil.
Use the first color to completely cover the surface and use it as your background. Before adding another color to the surface, take the time to use the blowtorch on the epoxy resin.
So, why is the blowtorch necessary? During the pouring process, air bubbles can form between the resin and the surface you’re covering with it. The blowtorch allows you to get rid of the air bubbles precisely.
According to DIY Craft Club, you can also use a heat gun to eliminate the air bubbles. Along with the removal of air bubbles, the heat is also going to make it easier for you to spread the resin all over the surface.
Now that you’ve removed the air bubbles, you can introduce the additional colors. Make sure to clean the edges of the surface before you finish up the piece.
You now have an art piece you can proudly call your own. However, your work is not completely done just yet.
Since you’re working with epoxy resin to create your art pieces, you should take advantage of that material’s remarkable durability. To do that, you will first have to understand how to preserve the epoxy resin.
How Do You Preserve Epoxy Resin Art?
Following the completion of your resin art piece, you now have to work to preserve its ideal state. To get started, reach for your blow torch or heat gun again.
The air bubbles shouldn’t be as plentiful since you already worked on the background layer earlier, but there’s still a chance that some have emerged after you added some more colors into the mix. Get the air bubbles out now because they could break up the even and beautiful coating created by the dried resin otherwise.
Take a closer look at the painting and check if there are any small clumps of dust or maybe some loose strands of hair that have fallen on it. You obviously don’t want those to be preserved along with the rest of your piece.
To get rid of unwanted pieces of debris, Acryl Giessen recommends grabbing a pair of tweezers and going to work. Go through the entire piece and pick out what you can. There’s no need to rush through this process, so be as thorough as you need to be.
You aren’t done just yet with your preservation efforts. At this point, the resin art piece is not completely set and you could still ruin it if you don’t store it properly.
In order to avoid that potential issue, look for a room in your home where the temperature is fairly well regulated. You also don’t want to store your piece in a humid room. If you don’t pay attention to those things, don’t be surprised if air bubbles show up on your painting.
The next thing you have to do is to prevent any kind of debris from falling on to the resin. Once again, it is worth reiterating that the resin does not completely set just a few hours after you finish. It may no longer be pliable, but things can still stick to it.
What you want to do is position a kind of covering over the resin painting. A piece of cardboard can work here or you can also use a wide wooden plank. Place that plank on top of bottles that surround your painting.
The piece of cardboard/wood should not be in contact with the painting, but it should provide adequate coverage. Keep that cover over your painting for the next three days. Check on the painting every now and then to see if anything’s fallen in and if the cover is still doing its job.
Hopefully, all goes well and your resin painting remains intact for the next few days.
Over time, your resin painting will inevitably get a bit dusty. You can clean it using a non-abrasive cleaner and a chamois, according to Happily Ever Crafty. Other types of soft cloth can be used, but a chamois is preferred because of how non-abrasive it is.
When you start to notice the colors of your resin painting becoming duller, you can apply a bit of Murphy’s Oil. However, remember not to use the oil too often to retouch the resin or you could end up creating an unwanted layer.
Epoxy resin is a great material to use for your painting, but you have to be careful with it because it can be quite temperamental. Follow the tips included above if you want your next epoxy resin art project to turn out successfully.