DIY Art Resin Geode painting
Thanks for stopping by this DIY tutorial.
You will learn step by step how to create an Art Resin Geode! We are mixing enough epoxy so you can make a geode for yourself and one to give to a friend or better yet ask your friend to come try Art Resin pouring with you.
What you will need:
Art Resin kit- Resin and Hardener
Wooden craft sticks
Acrylic paints and glitters
Pyramid art stands- qty 8
8" x 10" Plexiglass - qty 2
Plastic drop cloth
small box- if you don't have a dust free room you will need to cover your painting to cure
You will want to prepare your area by putting a drop cloth under the table you are working on and on your working surface. This will ensure that any runoff epoxy will stay on the plastic cloth. Now you will want to put your gloves on, trust me epoxy can be very difficult to remove from your skin. A good salt scrub in a hot shower usually does the trick but lets leave that for a spa session!
Now you can set up the pyramid stands and place your plexiglass canvas on top. Use your level to make sure it is lying flat. You can use folded paper or plastic cloth to even out your painting by placing it under the corner pyramid that is lower.
Mixing the resin and hardener together can be very relaxing...at least to me. Start by pouring 8oz of resin into your mixing container. (Use the .oz guide on the side if you purchased a larger kit) Now match the same amount of harder, 8oz. Use a stirring utensil and slowly stir the resin and harden together. Make sure to scrape the side and bottom while stirring, this will ensure all of the epoxy is mixed together. You will see whitish lines running through your epoxy. That is ok, keep stirring until it becomes crystal clear with only small bubbles left. This usually take 3-5 minutes.
A good rule fo thumb when pouring is to have at least three paint colors, in this case you can have three colors plus glitter! Yay for glitter! Use your plastic cups and pour about 1/4 cup of epoxy into each of them. Pour about 2 TBS into another cup, this one will be the glitter cup.
Add approximately 1/4 tsp. of acrylic paint into your resin cups, you can add more acrylic paint depending on the depth of color you are looking to achieve. One color per cup. Stir well, until the paint is fully incorporated into the epoxy. Now add the glitter to the smaller amount of epoxy and stir.
Let the fun begin! At this point you can start to pour your resin onto the plexiglass. The Geode technique is created by adding the colored epoxy in strips. This allows for the colors to meld so you can create a look of deep layers like you would see in a geode. Keep adding strips until you have reached the desired look. Don't worry if you are getting a lot of runoff, this is all a part of the process. Once you have created a nice design select where you would like your center to be, add your glitter. This will give you that WOW factor.
Please use caution when use an open flame, always point it away from you and others. Keep the torch about 1 inch from painting while moving in a swiping motion, not allowing the flame to sit in one place for too long. You will see the tiny bubbles clear up and it start to look glossy.
Before you place your box over your painting to cure you will want to get any dust particles out with a toothpick. Then torch that area briefly one last time.
-24 hrs soft cure
-48 hrs hard cure
You can take the box off after 24 hours, then after 48 hours of drying time you can retrieve your painting and take off the plastic backing.
Now with your gold and white markers you can start to trace designs onto your painting. This enhances the look of the geode and adds a unique style.
Don't forget to sign your painting in a bottom corner.
This painting can be left just how it is and propped on a plate stand or you can opt to glue it into a frame as I have done. this way you can display your work of art anywhere your heart desires!
Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you had a great time making your original geode with Art Resin! Keep up the pouring and explore new color combinations and glitters, the possibilities are endless!