How I was introduced to resin painting at a resin workshop

Resin artwork is very popular at the moment. I have been eager to get my hands on some to give it a go. Many of the resin workshops that I have seen have been very expensive. So when I saw that my friend and fellow artist Elicia was going to do a workshop at an the Gathered market, I jumped at the chance. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would heartily recommend that you sign up for one of her future workshops. This post will describe my experience at her resin art workshop.

‘Splatter Hoop’ Self-portrait of resin on canvas

Two weeks ago I attended a resin workshop run by an artist friend of mine Elicia. Her art brand is Art by Elicia Jane and she creates predominantly abstract minimalist resin pieces. I love her bright colours on stark white large canvases with her beautiful wooden frames.

The workshop was aimed at beginners to get a taste of what resin can do. I enjoyed it so much and have decided that I would like to do more resin work in the future.

 

Elicia teaching the resin workshop

Safety

Before we attended the workshop, Elicia sent us some very useful instructions describing what to wear. She advised old clothes that we would not mind if they got a little messy and closed in shoes. Resin is a skin irritant so it is important to keep everything covered.

Elicia also provided us with plastic aprons and gloves to keep us protected. She also advised to always only use resin in a well ventilated area.

Materials

  • Super sap CCR fast (comes in a set with a large bottle of epoxy and a smaller bottle of hardener)
  • apron
  • gloves
  • canvas
  • palette knife
  • plastic cups
  • silicone patty pans
  • acrylic paint, inks, powders
  • cloth rag

Method

  1. Put on all of your protective gear
  2. mix the resin with the hardener in a plastic cup at a ratio of 2:1 (it turns a cloudy colour when first mixed together)
  3. stir vigorously with the palette knife until clear, making sure to scrape the sides and the bottom so that it is well combined
  4. portion the resin mixture into the silicone patty pans, one for each colour
  5. place a small amount of paint, ink or coloured powder into each pan to mix with the resin (start with a small amount because if you put in too much you can end up changing the properties of the resin)
  6. start pouring!

Getting Started

Before we started working on our individual artwork, Elicia took us through a couple of exercises to familiarise us with the resin and the way it moves. I really liked the first exercise where we each had a plastic sheet. We had to combine 3 or 4 colours and try to get them to form a circle. This demonstrated to us how difficult it is to get the resin to go where you want it to.

It was also great for seeing how the resin continued to expand slightly after we finished tilting the plastic. We also discovered that we could use the palette knife to break the surface tension in places. This guided the resin into new areas.

 

The first exercise that we did with the resin

My Resin Artwork

Even thought I knew it would be a challenge, I wanted to try to create a figure using resin. I knew that it would likely end up more abstract than most of my pieces.

I chose the reference image of me doing a backbend on lyra/aerial hoop at CircoBats. The photo shows my body in profile. I thought that it would work for the resin because there is not a lot of overlap of my limbs.

 

Side by side comparison of the reference image with the finished artwork ‘Splatter Hoop’

 

It was fascinating seeing all the different ideas that each participant had for what they wanted to create. Each artwork was very individual. There were all sorts of shapes and colour schemes!

 

Everyone working on their resin masterpieces at the Gathered Market

 

Usually for my blog posts I would post progress photos of my artwork. I couldn’t do that with the resin artwork because it all happened so fast. There is certainly much less control when using resin than the other mediums I have used. However, I like the crazy swirling freedom.

 

‘Splatter Hoop’ just getting the finishing touches

 

The finished piece did keep moving a bit after the workshop. So it looked a bit different once I got it home. I attribute this to the car ride home where the canvas was on a slight angle. In the future I would only use resin at home and have a flat surface ready to leave the artwork for a lot longer.

 

‘Splatter Hoop’ final piece hanging on my wall

 

As always, prints and other products of my finished artwork are available in my online store.

 

‘Splatter Hoop’ prints available in my online store

 

Have you tried painting with resin? I would love to hear about all the different ways that people have been using it!

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