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Epoxy Resin Art Guide - Step by Step Coaster Tutorial for Beginners

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction to Epoxy Resin

      2:09
    • 2. All the Ingredients you need

      6:30
    • 3. Mixing The Resin and Hardener

      3:46
    • 4. Adding Pigments

      1:51
    • 5. Ensuring our coasters are Extra Clean

      1:24
    • 6. Creating your Coaster Designs

      1:48
    • 7. Blending the Epoxy Mix

      1:29
    • 8. Removing Air Bubbles

      1:11
    • 9. Unmolding the Coasters

      1:09
    • 10. Finishing touches with Outlining

      1:25
    • 11. The Final Reveal

      0:50
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About This Class

If you saw an Instagram post from a small business selling resin jewellery and you were curious to know what resin is, then this course is for you.

If you know about epoxy resin art but are confused about where, to begin, then this course is also for you.

If you are not much of an artist but need a creative outlet, then this course is definitely for you.

Welcome to this course on the introduction to Epoxy resin art where we not only guide you through the basics to get you started but also show you a step-by-step tutorial on creating your very first Epoxy piece-
A set of coasters - white on one side and transparent with golden foil on the other.

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In this tutorial, we will cover: -

  • What is Epoxy resin?
  • Precautions while using resin - covering all personal, workspace, and product precautions.
  • All the Ingredients you need for our beginner tutorial (also attached PDF).
  • Preparing the workspace and ingredients before you start.

Step by Step Beginner coaster Tutorial for Coasters:

  • Mixing the Epoxy Resin
  • Creating your Coaster Designs
  • Unmolding the Coasters and Final touches.

As a beginner in my resin art journey, I did not find a lot of resources that were fully helpful or covered all the details needed to successfully and safely complete my resin art piece.

After practising resin art and creating several art pieces, my intention with this course is:

  • Help beginners with an in-depth understanding and clarity on every topic
  • Share some super useful personal tips and hacks
  • Fully prepare the students to be able to create multiple professional art pieces.
  • Provide support and guidance at every step, and answer all questions, the guidance that I never got.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s start our epoxy resin art journey.

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1. Introduction to Epoxy Resin: Hello and welcome to this course, the Introduction to resonance, where we not only take you to the basics of what resin is, what are the precautions that you should take, the ingredients that you need. But also take you through a step-by-step tutorial of creating your very first rather than art piece. Resonate has gained extreme popularity in the last few years with people across the globe in several industries and households using it to create either simple beginner level items like Costas, jewelry, or even complex things like furniture, wall, our detector. There are two reasons that I absolutely loved. Resin. Resin is a great choice if you want to preserve items attached to a particular memory of Florida from a special date, a letter from a loved one. Anything that holds great importance to you can be stored in Dresden and reserved forever. Secondly, resin is in liquid consistency while you create art. And the unstructured flow of creating is very relaxing and therapeutic for the mind. But before we go any further, let's cover the basics. What exactly is resin? Epoxy resin is a two-part solution consisting of one part of the resin and the other being the hardness. Ratios usually differ. But then mentioned on the Gundy and note of the brand that you buy. When these two parts are mixed, a chemical reaction takes place in which they fuse together to create something that resembles plastic and translate glass. Once the mixed resin has got cured completely, you get a highly durable material that happens to be extremely versatile, very easy to use, able to withstand extreme heat and cold, and also can be sanded and grilled if needed. Are you excited about creating your first as an art piece? 2. All the Ingredients you need: While there are many ways in which you can use resin, we will be focusing on how to create resin flawed. As a big knock, I do not like to invest a lot of money while starting of the ingredients I will share with you today will not only be inexpensive, but a lot of them could be found in and around the household. Is a list of all the essentials you need to get started with the audit boxy journey. Measurement matters a lot while dealing with epoxy resin. Inaccurately measured, resonant hard enough will not cure. It's very important to be exact and avoid guesstimating. I like to use a measuring scale simply because I have an easily available. You can also use a plastic or a glass cup with the measuring scale on it. It's no surprise that one of the key ingredients for epoxy resin is the resin and the heart. Now, there are a variety of brands out there. And you can choose the ones which are made for art, which do not yellow. And of course that affordable. All epoxy comes in two parts. The epoxy and the hardener. Both must be mixed in the ratio mentioned on the container. Before you start creating your design. A number of mixing jars you need will depend on the number of pigments that you plan to use. Lazy people like me who don't like to wash their GFS can use recyclable or disposable ones where others who wanted to use multi-use cups can also go for TIG plastic ones and glass ones that can be wiped down and used again. Again, you'll need status to mix the epoxy and hard not to mix the pigments as well. The amount you will need will depend on the number of colors you intend to use. The size of this turtle. It depends on the amount of epoxy you are using. Basic or stores jewelry, etc. You can use a simple flat starter for the effective studying. Or even inexpensive study was like ice cream sticks can do the job. In its liquid form resonance, very sticky and gloves help to protect your hands from a mess, as well as possible skill irritation. Simple nitrile latex gloves, easily available at the medical store. Hardware store is the best choice. Not only are they strong, but they're very inexpensive and comfortable to work with. Now it comes to selecting the base you want to use. Depending on how you use your resin, the base can vary. You could be using a mall to sculpt your reason into a particular shape. Or you may be boring the medium onto your canvas. As a big no. The easiest to work with a silicon Morris, you'll make less mistakes. And secondly, you can reuse the same word several times, reducing the cost per unit compared to a wooden base or a canvas. For our tutorial, we will be making goals does using silicon Moore's with uneven edges. Now this is where the fun begins. You can add several pigments, dried flowers, decorative items, or even something you want to preserve. Any other boxy pigments had available from many sources and give different effect to the final result. They can be found in two primary forms, liquid and powder begins. As a big null. Feel free to experiment even with acrylic colors. Valid, we will be using liquid resin pigment for our tutorial. It not only gives a very opaque consistency, but it's also very easy to work with. We're also going to be using golden crushed foil, which looks beautiful and John, in transparent epoxy. Now this is a personal hack, but a super-useful ingredient if you're using silicon moles. Because epoxy is transparent, it can catch onto the minutest particle of dust, which could be seen in your final design. To avoid any dust, dirt particles. I cleaned the molds with water, then let them dry. After which I use a scotch tape to stick any unwanted dust particles to the deep. It might sound weird. But when you look at the day, the amount of dust particles accumulated make utilize it as super effective. Now this may sound like an ingredient you want to skip or you don't really see the reason to invest in it. But trust me, it changes the game. Is very useful. If you want to have a smooth and clear piece with minimal to no bubbles. Even though there are other ways to remove bubbles from your board resin, such as using a toothpick. But this is very time consuming and the end result will not be as clear as using a torch, no matter how hard you tried. My advice, definitely invest in a basic torch. Now this step, you can skip, but I would recommend highly against it. Once the boxes cured and your pieces ready, you can provide some finishing by outlining the edges using a marker which is available in several colors. Or you can also use echolalic beans, although the finishing can be a little messy. There you go. That's all the ingredients you need to start your epoxy journey. They're all in budget, inexpensive, and not a lot of investment. Now that we know all the ingredients we need, Let's get on to creating our very first epoxy piece. 3. Mixing The Resin and Hardener: Let's begin with step one, which is preparing the epoxy mix. Before you start, ensure that you wear your gloves with the amount of times I have repeated talking about this step, you might have understood its importance. Epoxy is extremely sticky and difficult to get off, sometimes causing skin in addition stool. So no matter how small your project is or how careful you are, always wear gloves before you start. Now let's get to mixing your resonant hard enough. The proportions of the resonant hardener that you must mix will depend entirely on the ones that you purchase. Each product is produced differently and may require vastly different ratios. Read the container before starting out. Depending on what you're planning to make. The amount of resin you will need will vary. You can use several calculators to measure the amount of resin you would meet based on the measurements of the base. The tutorial today, the boxy that I'm using is to be mixed in a ratio of two is to one. I'm taking 30 grams of epoxy and so 15 grams of the heart. Now, you can use the same amount of epoxy. If your costs are measurements are the same as mine. Again, you can always add more mixture if needed. But after mixing the heart model epoxy will start to cure. You cannot add the mixture back into the container. So to avoid wastage, I prefer to go with my minimum estimate of the amount of epoxy amide need. Again needed, I can add some later. Let's bring out our wing skills. Before you start, ensure that your weighing scale is set at 0. Then account for the weight of the empty cup before you add the boxy. Slowly first add the boxy, then the hard now on top of it, it and mix the boxy well with the heart. Now, don't start too hard as it can create too many bubbles introduced clarity, although we will take care of it towards the end. Now, based on the number of pigments or glitter foil that you want to add, you will have to split the box into different containers. For this tutorial, we will need to split it into two different parts. Two different mixing cups. I prefer using these disposable ones. Now you can split them mixture equally into two containers. For this split, you can use a rough approximation. You do not need to be precise, will have to measure it again on the wing scale. But do this very carefully and do not rush to avoid spillage and sticky containers. Now that our boxes mixed and separated into the number of colors we want to add. Let's get to the fun part. 4. Adding Pigments: In this tutorial, we're making posters that are transparent with gold foil on one side and a highly pigmented white on the other. The different pigments may have certain instructions. So be sure to check for any important information before adding. Some pigments become completely opaque after curing. Some tone, a little translucent, 11, and some even change their color Waldo curing. More on this in upcoming excited tutorials. Currently, the pigment that I'm using is a liquid pigment, especially for epoxy at this needs a very tiny amount and will last you forever. Doesn't create investment as well. Dec. Only a bunch of the color on your stomata and add it to the boxy mix. Mix it well to leave see the color has blended homogeneously. The next thing we need. And also my favorite ingredient that I love using an online Epoxy projects golden foil. To avoid any golden foil sticking to my glove, I will be adding it using a tweezer. Back up just a little amount and mix it with the boxy. Once you add it, you'll see it'll start breaking itself in the epoxy. But you need to blend it in well till all of the golden foil is spread evenly in the transparent mix. We're now ready to create our coastal designs. 5. Ensuring our coasters are Extra Clean: Are you ready for your next step, which is creating your cluster designs. Once you have mixed and added the colors, you are now ready to pour the mixture into a Costco. But before that, we need to ensure that the coasters we use are completely clean. You can wash it with water and let it dry. But to satisfy my OCD, I ensure that I not only leaned my Coasters with water than with a dowel, but also to be a 100% sure that there are no dust and dirt particles which may not be visible but can show up on the Johns. But inside of my inbox, I take a white scotch tape and with the sticky side started to press it on my co-stars. Press it and then remove, repeat the steps five to seven times on each course though. This helps to remove the minute is dust particles which may not have been visible to the naked eye. You might want to skip this step, but I highly recommend against it because I have seen the results of this. 6. Creating your Coaster Designs: Now that our Costas are speaking span, we take the boxy mixtures one-by-one and start boarding them into the course does to start off, get a rough estimate of where the center of your course studies. Now take the white mixture and slowly start pouring it on 1.5 of the cost of ensuring that you're covering all the edges and evenly distribute it. You can also use the starter to spread it in all of the uneven edges. Once you've covered half the site with the white epoxy, repeat the same step with the golden foil mixture. Gently covering the remaining half of the course. Broad tip is to try and avoid too much overlap to have to clearly define tides in your course does also, for very gently making sure that the epoxy does not overflow or untidy your design. 7. Blending the Epoxy Mix: After pouring the epoxy across the costal, you'll want to match the two pigments, but only in the center. All the LEA wonder goes to us to have two distinct sites. We also wanted to look blended. I'm putting to look effortless. Also because this is floor. We will let the epoxy mix into each other, guiding it with the help of first truck. Now keep the straw at an approximately two finger distance from the course staff and gently blow into it. Navigating the liquid a box in the direction you want to do float. The straw will help focus all the air at one particular point, streamlining it and ensuring that all the proxy does not mix with each other. You can also take a store and make gentle waves are smaller circles in the middle of the course TO connect the two pigments. The best part about epoxy is that there are no strict rules. And the more you experiment, the better you get at it. Let the epoxy flow naturally, give it a few strokes, and let the magic happen. 8. Removing Air Bubbles: But before we leave our epoxy to cure, we want out of box C to be even, and so we need to ensure that there are no air bubbles. Now you can do this manually using a toothpick, which I personally do not recommend as it takes a lot of diamond effort and is not useful in popping the smaller bubbles which could still make the coastal uneven. I prefer using a blowtorch, which is far more efficient. Simply take a butane blowtorch, which you can get easily at a local hardware store in on Amazon and hover it over the course does with a minimum palms distance to ensure that your goals does, do not heat up or catch fire. Now this step adds a huge difference in the finishing of the final output. 9. Unmolding the Coasters: Now we're at this step, which I'm sure you're most excited about. The final reveal of the course. Once your course does have been cured, it is very easy to get it off a silicone mold without any issues. If you'll notice that the resonance still bendable, then do not try to remove it. This could distort the shape and leave you with a useless Costco That is not flat. Simply start with peeling it from one side. And if it comes off without resistance, without bending, push it from all sides of the silicone mold and you will have your perfectly shaped coasters. 10. Finishing touches with Outlining: Jocasta is actually now ready. The next step is completely optional. However I feel outlining the ghost does. It gives it a much beautiful finish, makes it look a lot more refined. And they look Market board. These scores does to march the golden foil. We're using a golden metallic marker for the outlining. But you can easily find these in several different colors or you can also use acrylic paints. Now take the pen, shake it a little to ensure consistency in the flow and start to outline on the edges. With angelic beings, however, you'll need to be a lot more precise for it to be neat and not being a very good artist, I personally find these much easier, quick, passively. Once you're done with the outlining, give the mockers enough time to dry. And Jocasta is already. 11. The Final Reveal: Congratulations. You are now officially and boxy artist. And your first art piece is now ready. Let's take a moment to appreciate it and give yourselves a pat on the back. If you did follow the tutorial, do share your course. Doesn't the comments for the community to appreciate? Epoxy is very fun and easy to work with and with the right ingredients and instructions, very simple to navigate through. Now that you're aware of the basic steps, you can experiment with different colors, dried flowers, beads, and guess what? Even photographs. Wait for more tutorials on the same. See you next time. Thank you.