Using Resin over my drawings

I’ve finally started to try the Resin I bought at the beginning of the year, I think I was just too scared to use it for these reasons

a) if I stuff it up, then I have just ruined my artwork that I have spent hours creating and    b) it costs so much money

Well, I bit the bullet and used it over my latest elephant drawing I did in Caran D’ache Graftwood pencils, (which I love by the way).  I think I will do a blog post explaining how much I love these at a later date haha.

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So this is the resin I used and I must say I am pretty impressed with it.  I bought it for the main reason that it is odourless.  I have used epoxy resins before with my work and they stink. So this being odourless is perfect for my makeshift art studio in the garage which is directly joined to the house.  Don’t want to stink everyone out and have them whining at me 🙂

I purchased this from Glass Coat themselves for around $65 for the 500mm but once you added postage it was closer to $90, which is a huge amount of money to waste if I wrecked it, it’s also a large amount of money to factor into the cost of a painting for resale.  I think out of this pack I would just get 3 x 400mm square panels covered.  I’m pretty sure I could get it cheaper within my industry so I will have to do some homework on that because it really isn’t feasible to keep using it at this price.

Anyway, apart from the price, I absolutely love it.  It is really easy to use and the bubbles come straight out with a heat gun.  Here’s a little video of me pouring it and then going over with the gun.  You can also use tweezers to pick out any bits of dust etc. that may fall on it, but this needs to be done while it is still wet.  It is a must to undertake this whole process in a dust free environment.  I just used my daughter’s little tanning tent and pegged a sheet to the front and then the whole garage is off limits to everyone for the next 12hrs while it’s drying.  It’s not perfect but seems to keep 90% of the dust out.

elephantSo this is my elephant before I poured the resin on and if you check out this video you will see it after it has resin on it.  It is really hard to get a good photo once the resin is on due to the shine but you can get a good idea with the video.

It worked out great and like I said was very easy to do.  All you need is three  empty plastic cups.  I large and 2 small.  The large one I used was one of the red cups for beer pong and the smaller ones were just the really cheap clear cups. One stirring stick or a bit of stiff cardboard and a heat gun.  Just remember that anything you are pouring the resin into or stirring it with will be ruined as it doesn’t clean up very well.

Another must is to have your painting dead set level or as the resin dries it will gradually pour off to whatever side is the lowest.  This is so important as the resin takes many hours to set off so it will move if it isn’t level.

So you pretty much just pour equal amounts of each part of the resin into the small clear cups (enough to cover your work) and then transfer those both into the large red cup and mix really well.  Once you are sure they are blended together well you can then just pour it over your artwork.  Using the same piece of cardboard you used to stir with you can level it over the resin to make sure that all of the art is covered fairly evenly.  Like I said it will slowly move by itself but I like to give it a help along just to be sure.  Once I am happy that the coverage is total and even,  I then use a heat gun for maybe 30 seconds to just go over the surface.  This will instantly get out any bubbles that have formed during the mixing process.  Check all over for any bits of fluff etc and remove those with tweezers.  I usually run back over quickly with the heat gun if there have been a few bits to remove.  And that’s it.  Just walk away and come back in the morning to see how it turned out.

I will do another post on how I built the shadow box frame for this elephant art.

If you have any questions about using resin, be sure to comment below.

Until next week, Happy Painting 🙂

Kerri xx

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