Epoxy Art: Painting With Resin!
With a bit of creativity (and a healthy helping of luck) just about anyone can make a cool painting with epoxy. At least, that’s what they said.
Inspired by the Just Resin Youtube channel, this project uses a simple set of supplies to create some really unique abstract art. All you need is a well-primed chunk of wood, a trough to catch the huge mess you’re about to make, art resin, and some dye.
Peter’s kinda cheating here, as he’s using some awesome resin dyes that were sent in by a viewer. The rest of us aren’t as lucky.
The colors here are pretty random. There’s probably some color theory thing that’d make picking the right palette easier, but it’s more fun dive in.
When it comes to getting colors onto the wood, don’t worry about paint brushes; the best tools here are gravity and a heat gun.
If you’re following along at home, it’s free game from here; drop, drizzle, and splatter the resin however you want to. You can use a heat gun, a trowel, or whatever feels right. It’s all abstract!
I’m taking Peter at his word when he says the colors mix and layer; I’m colorblind. I’m still 60% sure that this entire video is a prank.
Still, though, that’s pretty cool looking, even in shades of grey.
Heating the resin changes how thick it is, and that changes how well it moves, and that has an effect on how it blends; all kinds of science-y stuff,
And don’t worry about screwing things up. With the enough heat and enough extra resin, just about any spill can be turned into something deliberate-looking.
Oh, and don’t forget your Deep Space Nine references! They’re a key part of the creative process.
After letting it cure for 48 hours, Peter painted the edges black and added mounting hardware. He also found out that it can be used as a signal flair. Epoxy is really shiny.
Asher is a freelance writer who has worked on everything from EdTech to indie games. You can catch him online on Medium or in person in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He claims to have the best chili recipe in the Midwest.