Using Resin for Painting

I use two types, one is envirotex and the other is Glaze Coat.
Setup: latex gloves, clear disposable plastic cups for measuring, brick, jumbo craft stick for mixing, hairdryer
Paintings:For the above panel painting ((17"x 24") I measured equal parts to fill 14 oz in a 16 oz plastic cup.
For my heart paintings (8"x11") I used equal parts to fill about half of a clear plastic cup (shown below) I balance the painting on a brick (two for larger one's). That way I can hold the paintings from the underside as I tilt it to get the resin to coat the whole painting and the excess drips off the sides. Once you have poured the resin the air bubbles start to come to the surface and you can either exhale on them or use a low setting on a hairdryer to get the bubbles out. It takes about 12 hours to stop being sticky, about 48 to really set. once it is set it is crystal clear. You need to do this in a ventilated area and when the weather is warm. I tried to do it in the garage in the fall with the doors open but the resin got too thick when mixing and it was harder to spread. In the summer the resin is nice and runny and easier to spread over the painting.

Comments

cynthia said…
Interesting - I've never tried resin, but think I would like it. I'm really trying to limit my media though....

re: being a flexitarian in older post - that must be what my daughter is. I make her eat a little poultry and fish (not everyday, but 3-4 times a week).
Abraham Lincoln said…
Neat. I remember this from years ago when people were just trying to work with it but not successfully. We thought acrylic would be the same as it dried very fast and then they came out with an extender.
The Lone Beader said…
Good post! I like reading how your work is done! Also, I can always use any new ideas when it comes to painting...
I love the idea of working on top of the bricks... great idea!!! I have bookmarked your resin choices and will give them a try next spring..... they may be a little less noxious than what I have used:)
painter girl said…
Thanks Jafa for this post. I have wondered about resin and have wanted to use it. This inspires me to try some!
Undaunted said…
Thanks for posting this Jafabrit. It's fascinating to read about all these various techniques, and you know how I love tutorials!
Regina said…
Very interesting works!
JafaBrit's Art said…
thanks for dropping by everyone :) I forgot to mention I wear a filter mask when mixing and pouring.

abraham, I am not using this with acrylic, I am pouring it on finished paintings.
sarahelizabeth said…
I haven't done this yet, but I've always wanted to....oh there is never enough time!
Bette Ridgeway said…
Be very careful people. I have been using resin on metal paintings since 2005 and was diagnosed with cancer on Dec 19, 2009...in for a big battle here....and resin is probably to blame. You can see the work on my website: www.ridgewaystudio.com I have sold hundreds of these paintings, but alas this will come to an end now.
The work is beautiful, but not giving over your life to create!

Bette Ridgeway, Santa Fe NM USA
JafaBrit's Art said…
thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts on this. It sounds like you did a lot of work with resin, and I am so sorry about your diagnosis. Health issues are something I take seriously which is why I don't do a lot of work with resin and never in a confined poorly ventilated space.
Bette Ridgeway said…
Attention people......Be very careful using resin. I have been using it since 2005 - on metal - in layers, creating beautiful work. Was diagnosed on Dec. 19, 2009 with cancer. Alas, this is a wakeup call...and a costly one. I will go back to working on canvas...which I love also.
My work on metal sold beautifully and my collectors will be disappointed, but i (hopefully) will not have sacrificed my life for the work.....Keep your fingers crossed - surgery is scheduled for Jan 26th....with probably radiation afterward....
check out the work on my website:
www.ridgewaystudio.com
Bette Ridgeway, Santa Fe NM
JafaBrit's Art said…
I will send good vibes your way Bette.
ps. Your website and work is beautiful.

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