Create a beautiful piece of resin art by following this resin on wood tutorial. Learn what supplies you need to pour resin, techniques for resin pouring and how to display your art.
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Resin is a versatile medium used in so many different ways. From covering a full counter top, to creating art like in today’s project, there are lots of ways you can create with resin.
Watch the full video to see just how I created this resin wood panel.
Today’s I’m sharing how to mix, dye and pour resin on wood. This is a beginner tutorial, so if you are looking to get started with resin, this post is for you.
Check out this video on how to pour resin in a silicone mold, another great beginner project.
What do you need for resin pouring?
Let’s start with the basics. If you have never worked with resin there are some starter items you will need. You don’t need to invest a lot for your first projects, these are the key items to have on hand.
- Amazing Clear Cast Resin This is a 2 part multi-purpose clear resin. Mix up these 2 products using a 1:1 ratio and you have the base for any resin project.
- Safety gear. Always work in a well ventilated area, wear a mask and gloves.
- Mixing containers. You can use silicone containers that are reusable, or start with plastic cups and wood stir sticks. Once you have this technique down you can invest in reusable containers.
- Plastic or paper to cover your workspace.
- Wood panel to create your art on.
- Resin dye. Resin can be dyed with pigment or alcohol ink. For this project I used opaque dye in blue, gold and black.
- Glitter. You can use glitter from your craft stash, or any glitter for this project.
How to mix resin
When mixing resin always refer to the directions on your product. Most require a 1:1 ratio by volume. Measure each part in a separate cup and be precise. Then pour one into the other or into a clean cup. Scrape the sides well to make sure all the product is out of the cups.
Mix well, but not too fast. Fast mixing will cause bubbles that can be difficult to remove and will show in your final project.
Use a wood stir stick to slowly mix for at least 2 minutes. The 2 parts will come together and you will no longer see lines of separation.
The working time on this resin is 30 minutes, which means you have 30 minutes to play with it and pour it before it starts to cure.
Let the resin sit in the cup for a few minutes to allow any bubbles to rise to the top and pop.
How to color resin
Set out 3 small clean cups and add a few drops of opaque resin dye to each cup. Then pour the clear resin on top of each color and mix to combine. At this point you can add more color to achieve the right tone.
At this point you could add glitter to these cups, I chose to leave them as is and sprinkle the glitter on at the end.
How to pour resin
Cover your work surface in paper or plastic, this can be a messy project. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Set a wood panel on a few cups to elevate it off your work surface. Be sure the area around it is clear.
Begin pouring each color onto the wood panel. Alternate colors and use different thicknesses to achive a variety of looks. Get creative with this part, no 2 resin pours will look alike.
The resin will begin to drip off the sides, tip the wood to coax it in the direction you want.
Once the panel is covered, use a stir stick to swirl the colors together. You can also use a heat gun or blow dryer to blow the colors into each other.
Finally, sprinkle glitter over the piece for added sparkle. The glitter will move with the resin as it sets so it may not end up in the place you originally sprinkled it.
Let this piece sit for 24 hours undisturbed. Ideally in a place with little or no foot traffic to avoid and disturbance.
After 24 hours your piece will be cured and ready to display!
No 2 resin pours are alike, the more you work with resin the better understanding you will have of how to achieve a certain look.
Pick up a few basic supplies and try your hand at pouring resin on wood.
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Monday 9th of May 2022
I wanted to see how to finish the sides on the wood canvas but you left them unfinished
Tuesday 10th of May 2022
Yes I chose to leave them unfinished and just let the resin drip down. If you want a smooth looks, use a gloved hand to smooth out any resin drips about an hour after you finish your pour.
Saturday 11th of December 2021
I have worked with resin before, what bothers me is the finish, for example when you work the wood, leaving 24 hours for it to dry; How do you remove those drops of resin that remain on the tips? (with sandpaper) .. thanks
Wednesday 22nd of December 2021
The drips are going to happen with a pour on wood. Sandpaper is one way to go, or a power sander for the thick ones.
Saturday 24th of July 2021
I went to a steampunk jewelry class and made two resin pendants. They will be mailed to me after drying, and I forgot to take pics. It was fun to do, and I’m looking forward to learning more about doing the resin!
Sunday 2nd of May 2021
I can't wait to try this! Thanks!
Thursday 3rd of September 2020
Thank you for sharing.