What is Resin Art | Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started
June 23, 2023

What is Resin Art | Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started

What is Resin Art? A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started

Curious about resin art? Discover what resin art is, what it's made of, and how to get started with this comprehensive beginner's guide. Explore various types of resin art projects and learn the step-by-step process to bring your first masterpiece to life!

If you've ever come across mesmerizing glossy paintings, stunning jewelry pieces, or unique household accessories with a glass-like finish, chances are you've encountered resin art. But what exactly is resin art? In this beginner's guide, we will explore the world of resin art, including what it is, what it's made of, its uses in art, and how you can dive into this captivating art form. Get ready to unlock your creativity and embark on an exciting journey with resin art!


What is Resin Art?

Resin art involves using a two-part epoxy resin, typically consisting of a resin and a hardener, to create unique pieces of art. When these components are mixed together, a chemical reaction occurs, resulting in a liquid mixture that can be poured, manipulated, and molded. As the resin cures, it transforms into a durable, glass-like finish that enhances the colors and textures of the artwork, creating a stunning visual effect.

Photo: Square Mold with black and white Alcohol Ink


What is Resin Art Made Of?

Resin art is made of a two-part epoxy resin. The resin is a thick, viscous liquid, while the hardener is a catalyst that triggers the curing process. These two components must be mixed in the correct ratio, usually specified by the manufacturer, to ensure a proper chemical reaction and a successful outcome. Additionally, pigments, dyes, or additives can be added to the resin mixture to create desired colors, effects, or textures in the artwork.


What is Resin Used for in Art?

Resin has a wide range of applications in the art world due to its versatility and transformative properties. To begin your resin art journey, simply mix A Resin with B Hardener in a 1:1 ratio, ensuring precise measurements. You'll have a working time of 20 minutes once mixed, with a gel time of 30 minutes. After application, allow the surface to dry for 6-9 hours. For crafting purposes, the through dry time is approximately 10-14 hours. For optimal results, apply a thin layer of the resin mixture as the first stage, allowing it to set up. Then, apply the second layer, creating a thickness of around 1/8 inches once dry. Depending on your project, 1 to 3 flood coats may be required.



Types of Resin Art Projects You Can Try First

Our Acrylic Glacier Resin is a game-changer in the world of resin art. It boasts a range of remarkable features, including being non-priming, odorless, and non-yellowing. The result? A crystal-clear coating with a glass-like quality that is hard and durable. To ensure your creations withstand the test of time, we have included a special UV protectant that prevents cracking, chalking, and yellowing.

Resin art offers a diverse range of creative opportunities. Here are some popular projects to get you inspired!

Resin Paintings:

Explore the world of abstract and contemporary art by pouring and manipulating resin on canvas or wood panels. Alcohol Inks and Mica Powders are the perfect tools to use with this technique.

Photo: Alcohol Ink with Alphabet A-M Mesh Stencil

Resin Jewelry:

Craft unique and stunning accessories by using our collection of resin jewelry molds and earring molds. The amazing thing is that jewelry made with resin is extremely lightweight and comfortable!

Photo: Gem Earrings Mold with Alcohol Inks


Resin-Coated Furniture & Household Accessories:

Transform ordinary furniture and household items by coating them with resin for a glossy, luxurious finish. Our resin coaster molds are perfect for creating functional and stylish coasters.

Photo: Tray Mold with Gold Leaf and dried fruit


Resin Flower Art:

Preserve the beauty of dried flowers by embedding them in resin, creating captivating floral displays. Our resin molds for dried flowers provide the perfect canvas for your botanical creations.

Photo: Bookmark Mold with Dried Flowers


Getting Started With Resin Art: Step-By-Step Guide to Bringing Your First Project to Life:

Now, let's dive into the process of creating your first resin art project. Although these steps can be tailored to A Makers' Studio molds, they serve as a general starting point for beginners:

  1. Gather Essential Tools and Supplies: including resin molds and molding tools. Shop all A Makers' Studio molds  and accessories here!
  2. Come Up With Your Vision: Visualize your desired outcome and plan the design and colors you wish to incorporate. You could use Alcohol Inks or Pigments to add a splash of color, or Gilding for sparkle. 
  3. Choose Your Workspace: Select a well-ventilated area with a level surface to ensure a successful resin art experience.
  4. Prepare Your Resin Mixture: Follow the instructions for mixing your A Resin and B Hardener in a precise 1:1 ratio. Be sure to stir them together well to ensure a well incorporated mixture.
  5. Add Colors and Pigments: Enhance your resin art with pigments, dyes, or alcohol inks to create captivating effects. Here are some great ideas for giving your resin project another layer of dimension:
  6. Pouring and Manipulating Resin: Pour the resin mixture onto your chosen surface or mold, allowing your creativity to guide the process.
  7. Embedding Objects and Materials: Add depth and dimension to your artwork by embedding objects, such as shells, beads, or glitter, into the resin.
  8. Curing and Finishing Your Resin Art Project: Allow your piece to cure according to the recommended drying time, ensuring a durable and long-lasting finish.


With our Acrylic Glacier Resin and collection of molds, the world of resin art is yours to explore. Whether you're drawn to creating captivating paintings, unique jewelry, or stunning resin-coated furniture, the possibilities are endless. Embrace your creativity, follow our step-by-step guide, and let your imagination soar. Unleash the magic of resin art and experience the joy of bringing your visions to life.

Ready to embark on your resin art journey? Visit A Maker's Studio today and discover the transformative power of our Acrylic Glacier Resin and versatile molds. Begin creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that will leave you and others in awe. Unleash your artistic potential and start your resin art adventure now!


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