Covering your artwork in a coating of Craft Resin is easy - in fact, epoxy resin takes artwork to the next level, sealing and protecting it with a professional looking finish that gives depth and makes any texture pop!
We love using wooden art panels here at Craft Resin - you can mount your artwork and pour your resin directly on the panel! Some of them even have a raised lip specifically designed to contain resin - they make for a super easy pour with clean edges.
If you're pouring on a piece without edging you may need to create some with craft tape, or let the resin pour over the edges and coat these too. It's all down to personal choice and the look you would like to create.
If you are creating a collage and would like to resin this, it's best to stick the pieces to your board/panel before applying the resin, this will then hold it in place so that it doesn't move around while the mixture dries.
Sometimes you may need to seal your work first, we like using a sealant you brush on like ModPodge, but others are available. You will need to allow the sealant to dry completely before applying your resin.
Measure, mix, pour, spread, cover and wait, and in 24 hours (if resin has fully cured) your artwork will go from good to gorgeous!
Sealing Your Art:
We always recommend testing your particular materials out with Craft Resin on a scrap piece so you know exactly what to expect before you epoxy resin your final project. There are certain cases, however, when sealing your work prior to resigning is required ....
Sealing over low quality paper. It's a good precaution to pre-seal when applying Craft Resin to softer paper that may absorb the resin, causing dark wet spots in your work or causing your work to bleed. We also recommend sealing matte photo paper which may absorb the resin ( as opposed to glossy paper which allows the resin to stick to the top.
Sealing over loose material. With chalk pastel or charcoal, you should be aware of loose dust that can mix up and fly away in your liquid epoxy resin. For peace of mind, you can certainly err on the side of caution and seal your artwork with a spray fixer first.
Sealing wood panel. Since wood is an organic material, it may contain trapped air which can release into your craft resin as bubbles. There are many variables that can affect gas bubbles: the type of wood, wood dryness, humidity etc. Pre-sealing the panels with a spray or brush-on sealant (or even acrylic paint) is an option that will help prevent bubbles.
We always recommend testing with your particular materials so you know exactly what results to expect before using your epoxy clear resin for your final project. Again, if in doubt, you can never go wrong with pre-sealing first if it is more convenient for you.
Recommended Technique For Using Craft Resin:
Warm up resin, to warm the art resin you can submerge it into a bowl full of warm, not hot, water. Or place it a couple feet from a heater on low for a couple minutes.
Measure equally and accurately by volume, not weight. Adding too much of either the epoxy resin or the hardener will alter the chemical reaction and your resin will not cure properly.
Stir your equal amount of resin craft and hardener together for at least 3 minutes. Failure to stir properly will result in a sticky resin that will never cure.
Scrape the bottom and sides of your mixing vessel as you stir to ensure the entire mixture catalyses and that there is no remaining unmixed art craft epoxy or hardener stuck to the sides that may prevent a proper cure.
If bubbles appear, don’t worry—you can get rid of them using a torch later.
When you pour the crystal clear epoxy resin out of the mixing vessel, avoid scraping the sides in case there is any unmixed resin or hardener stuck to the sides - if this gets mixed into your catalysed resin, you may end up with soft sticky spots in your cured resin.
This information is specifically for use with Craft Resin, other brands may need different techniques. Please consult your brands guidelines before starting.
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