What is Resin Art? A Quick Introduction

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In this guide you will learn:

  • What is resin art used for
  • How do you make resin art
  • Is resin art expensive
  • Resin art ideas

What is Resin Art used for?

At Carved we use resin every day. There was a day in the not too distant past when we didn't use resin at all. So, we know what it’s like to get started. Chances are you have seen some resin art somewhere in your social feeds. Sandwiched in between all those life hacks and pendulum painting videos.

The most common resin artwork floating around the internet today would have to be “resin river tables” and “ocean beach resin art”. Every time I see one of these two art forms I am blown away by the beauty. Then I wonder, “could I do that”?

Resin is such a versatile material to work with that it can be used in so many different ways. Because it starts out as a liquid before hardening into a solid you can cast molds, insert flowers or insects, or our personal favorite combine it with discarded wood burls.

How do you make Resin Art?

First, you need to buy a few things. Here is a quick supplies list.

Supplies List:

Your First Pour

The main thing we are trying to manage here is that you actually make something. Don’t get bogged down in the “perfect” first creation. Spoiler… your first creation is not going to look like the picture in your head right now.

I will soon link right here to an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to make your first resin art piece.

Is Resin Art expensive?

The cost of resin art has everything to do with the size of the artwork you plan on making. If you are going to make a large conference room resin river table, then I would say, “yes” it is going to cost you some money.

But if you are going to make some resin art coasters, wall art, or a wood burl monolith then it is very affordable. Starter kits of resin can cost $80 to $100 for one gallon of resin. The only other larger up-front cost is a pressure pot if you use a pressure casting resin such as Allumilite.

Resin Art ideas.

As mentioned above, resin tables, coasters, or a cool monolith desk toy are all great projects. But my recommendation is to simply start out making a piece of wall art. I think it is safe to say “wall art” has the most liberal parameters… after all, it’s art!  This will give you a chance to practice and make mistakes, sometimes wonderfully beautiful mistakes that become a new technique.

Let’s get started!

Resin art is an exciting medium that is becoming more and more accessible for everyday artists. Understanding its properties and more importantly, getting some reps under your belt with the resin art is the quickest way to unlocking the potential of this art form.