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At-Home Resin Ocean Art Class: Creating an Ocean Painting out of Epoxy

teacher avatar Hailey Nolin, Mixed Media Artist

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4 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction to Resin Ocean Painting

    • 2. Supplies to Create a Resin Ocean Painting

    • 3. Resin Ocean Course Painting

    • 4. Any Questions?

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About This Class

Hi, my name is Hailey Nolin and I am a mixed media artist based out of Ormond Beach, Florida. For the past three years, my main art medium has been resin, or epoxy as some people call it. If this is something that you have been searching the internet about, then this class is for you! 

On the daily, I get asked how to create a lovely seascape out of resin. So, I have put this course together for you to take all of the guesswork out of the equation! I have learned all there is to know about resin the hard way, so I want to share all of my tips and tricks with you so that you can come out on top with the most gorgeous ocean painting in the world!

Throughout the course, I list the supplies you need as well as the techniques that you will get to practice. I highly recommend watching the course fully through one time and then breaking out your art supplies and following along while you watch it a second time. This class is for any type of artist, beginner to advanced!

Thank you so much for taking this course with me! I am a one-woman show, so I do all of my own filming, editing, uploading, scriptwriting, and more, so thank you for understanding if I stumble over my words on occasion! 

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Hailey Nolin

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Hello, I'm Hailey. I'm a mixed media artist in Ormond Beach, Florida! I love to surf, workout, travel, play with my dogs, and CREATE! I own a small art biz where I sell my handmade artwork online and in local galleries! 

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1. Introduction to Resin Ocean Painting: Hi, guys. Welcome to my resin ocean class today I'm gonna be showing you the supplies that I used to get the ocean effect using epoxy resin. And I'm also going to be showing you the techniques that you need to use in order to get them the style that we're going to be making hiss something along the lines of this painting. This is an ocean aerial painting may with resin, but I created, and we're gonna be making a smaller version with a couple different colors, but this is the style that we're going for. 2. Supplies to Create a Resin Ocean Painting: So first, let's talk about some supplies I have all laid out here and I'll show you than one at a time. The first thing you need is going to be a respirator. This is a three M respirator with organic vapour cartridges. Now there are other cartridges to that you can get for sanding purposes, and you just unclip and then click in the other cartridge. The sanding particle cartridge is flat, but it is also pink and it's by three m. So get you one of these if you're gonna be doing resin a lot. And the reason that I use is our pro by masa proxies. And there's a part a and there's a part B. So the part a is the actual resin part B is the hardener. You mix 1 to 1 ratios, meaning if you're gonna have eight ounces total, you're gonna do four ounces of the resonant four ounces of the Hartner. I'll show you that later on, but you're gonna need a resin. So don't forget that the next item that we're going to be using is a drill. So this is just your standard home drill. On the attachment is a mixing attachment. It's about $5 at your local hardware store, or you can get it on Amazon. Next item I want to show you are my Popsicle sticks. These are wooden, and I use them to stir my resin with the pigment and colors in them. And I feel like I really like would because when I'm complete with my project, I just take them out of my cups and I set them aside on my plastic tarp That's on my art table and I let them dry and I can reuse them again. You're also going to want a bottle with just some regular water in it, and that's just to spray the air before you start painting and let all the dust settle to the ground or to your table so that you don't have little dust particles flying around while you're trying to paint and they keep getting stuck in your resin. You're also gonna want a variety of cups, and this 1st 1 that I have is actually a measuring pop. It has measurements on the sides, and I use that to measure out my resin based on how much how large of a painting I'm gonna be painting next style of cups I use are either paper or plastic. I prefer plastic because resin comes right off with plastic and you can reuse it. These I always turn upside down, and I use them as spaces underneath my would so that I can elevate my piece above my table in order to paint it at a higher level so that it doesn't get stuck to my table. And then I also have small Dixie cups, and I used these to mix my colors in and also a shorter stand. If I need a shorter stand reminded pieces, the next thing that you're gonna need is a butane torch. You can see this from Heston who's a lot. Um, you just refill it with this butane, any type of regular beauty in that you get from the hardware store and you fill it at the bottom. You can also get this beauty torch online, or you can get it at your local hardware store. I got this one from Harbor freight for about $11. You're also gonna want some gloves that have no powder. I just call them no powdered gloves. I'll go ahead and put them on right now. And this is just so that you protect your hands from resident. You don't want it sticking to you forever. Definitely have got it stuck in my hair a bit and had to cut a couple inches off. So gloves are your friend. Hair ties are your friend. You're gonna also need some tweezers so that you can pluck out any dust particles that may or may not fly into your piece when you're finished and I'll show you how to do that. This is just a nice plastic pair of tweezers. You can get a bulk supply of them on Amazon, and that's kind of what I do. I just have them laying around my table everywhere so I can grab them easily, and I cover my table with some plastic painters, and plastic is your friend. When using resin, I know we all try to be more sustainable, but I reuse the plastic tarp on my art table over and over and over again until I can't get any more possibly uses out of it. And this is your friend, because resin actually peels right off of plastic. So when the resident drives on your table, you can just feel it off. Put it in here scrap box, and then you can have a whole clean table to start painting again. The next item is painter's tape. I always use three m. I've tried other brands, but three m is just my favorite, and I used the tape to take off the sides and the backs of my wooden panels that I paint on . So this is actually a completed item, and you can see that I take to the sides and the back so that no resin drips could get on them. Now, if you don't want to take the sides or the back, and you just want that flowy drippy look, that's fine, too. But always keep this on hand, just in case that leads me into your wooden panel. Obviously, the sun's already painted on, but these are also called Cradle Would, um pretty would or would panels. I get mine from blick dot com, but you can also get them on Amazon. There about this is about an inch and a half. They come all different thicknesses, but it's important to note that you don't really want to paint with resin on something that's less thick than 1/2 inch. So I always make sure that I am painting on a surface. Now. A lot of questions that I get are about the pigments in the coloring that I use. In my reason, I use a lot of variety of things from acrylic paints, too, thanks to pigments to tense. I have right here some liquid text of acrylic paints, and you can use thes. They have more of a transparent look, or I have some pigments hear from a woman named Just Brie, and they look like this. They're very thick. They you only need a little tiny bit of them in order to get a really opaque look, and you can also use acrylic paints. But if you do, just use a little tiny dot because sometimes the consistency will become stringy, and you don't want now for my white pigment to make the ways Here I use the white pigment that's also from just free, and I like it because it's super opaque. You don't really need that much of it to make a really solid wave, and you can use a lot of different white pigments, but I'm sure if you google it, you'll find a lot. I will link my favorite one in my resin supply guides. You guys confined it easily. And if you're going for more of a shiny look or a sparkly look, Michael powders are amazing. You can get them on Amazon all link those a swell and they're really fun becoming so many colors, and they're very sparkly. They give it a really iridescent look. I don't use them as much in my paintings, but sometimes the client will want them or I'll be feeling spark that day. It's also really important to have a heat source. I use a heat gun cast two settings, and it has a tip that's a little bit of a cone. You can also use a hair dryer if you don't want to go out and buy a heat gun at Harbor Freight on Amazon so you can get them for about $15 Really affordable, and this is what you actually used to be. Push your white pigment along to create those waves, so this is extremely important. This is like exactly what you need to create the way of effect I also always have a black pigment on hand in case they want to make anything darker because I do great at my waves today, I'm going to show you the painting that we're going to be making on just a thin piece of wood. I don't recommend using this piece of wood, but I do use them as practice. This is Luanne would. It's extremely thin, So if you paint on a thin surface that's less than 1/2 inch thick and use resin, it'll end up curbing over time. Sometimes that I like to use them to just get my colors right or if I'm doing a demonstration because it's an affordable piece of wood and you don't waste a huge painting panel like this on something that you're just trying to figure out, you know, also, a supply that you're going to need to clean up is denatured alcohol. You can get it at a Harper store as well. I use this if I spill some resin on a tile surface and need to clean up early faster than it doesn't cure right there and harden and then I can never get it all. So this is good. If you need to clean up. I also use it to clean off my drill head. And if I need to clean off a paintbrush if I'm getting Slattery in there? 3. Resin Ocean Course Painting: Okay, so now that we covered the basics on the supplies, I'm gonna go ahead and show you guys how to actually make your waves. All right, So for the purpose of this lesson, I'm going to use a small amount of resin because working on a small canvas this is my test . Would the Luanne would and I have all my supplies easily accessible to? Sometimes I break my popsicle sticks in half just to give them a longer life span. I put a stick in each one of my cops, and then I go ahead and I put color in my cups before I start mixing my resin. Because once you makes your resin, you only have a certain amount of time to use it before it. Here's so for the purpose of this lesson, I have decided that I'm going to use an ink and pigment just to show you the difference. Now for pigment, you don't need that much. Just a little bit. A little goes a long way. Also, same thing with the ANC's only a little bit. And then I go ahead and get them out of the way Safe space. I'm going to use part A of my art pro first, and I'm going to put four ounces actually going to put six ounces in my cup now going to grab my hardener and going to put another six ounces in my cup so we have a total of 12 ounces now ongoing. Tease my drum mixer and mix it together. Now you should mix for approximately three minutes just to make sure your resinous fully mixed together with the heart. Teoh, get additional present off of your drill. You would put it in the denatured alcohol in a separate cup. I'm gonna go ahead and save that part for later. Okay, Now that my resinous fulling next, I'm going to separate it into my colored cuffs. I know this cup looks dirty, but it's actually clean. Just has a bunch of dried resin on hicks. I started a little bit more Justin cakes. You can never stir too much, but if you start too long, it'll end up getting jelly and start curing itself. I always use a lot more white pigment than I do the other items of blues, and that's because you really want it to be truly okay. You don't want to be able to see through your white at all. So let's go ahead and separate our colors. I'm gonna put a little bit of white. We don't need too much because we're just using it as our ways. I'm gonna hit some dark blue and light blue. Okay? Now you want Teoh, mix your colors together in their individual clubs. This is the acrylic, and it will give it a whole different look than the pigments. And we'll see what I'm talking about here in a moment as I'm starting this. Do you see when I lift up the stick, how you can see the stick through the color? So that's what happens when you use the acrylic things. Now, when we go to the pigment, you'll notice once I next this you will not be able to see the stick at all. You cannot see this, so it just depends on what style you're going for. Today. I'm mixing both just to show you techniques and styles. It's okay if you get messy. That's the process of rest in. Let's Knicks are white. I will show you exactly how we want to get our white. You do not want to see the Popsicle stick. So I'm making short, very, very solid color pick. You don't want to change the consistency of the resident. You always want your present to be very smooth and honey light. All right, I would say we're about ready to pour so logically our darker color goes in the back, and then we're gonna work our way to a lighter color. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that. When you go ahead and pour your wave pattern, you can pour however you want. This is a very messy process. Is not at all like systematic. This is a very messy process. This is just very free flowing abstract work, so it doesn't have to be perfect. Okay, gonna go ahead and start. I'm gonna pour my darker color in the back here. Guess whatever potter I want and less is more so I start with a little bit and then I take my stick. And then I looks it all together so that it connects faster because I'm impatient. If there's any chunks of things, you can just grab him out and put him on your plastic tarps. This is usually I'd be wearing my respirator, But I couldn't do that if I wanted to talk to the camera today. Okay? And now we're gonna go for a lighter color. Let's stop there. I take my stick again, rub it on around and the reason we claps, um, clear. And her cup was to make the sand. Now, you can always add a sand colored pigment, but for this purpose, I like this wood grain. So we're just gonna take some clear and pour it down here, make it connect with our ocean. Remember less is mom, and then I take my finger. Don't be afraid to get your glove in the air, rub it around. And then I also take my clear. And I connected very delicately to my blue so that I be sure to keep that sand color in there. What to make sure connects to the water. And then I actually do mix these two sometimes like this and see what color I get to see if I can make a little color happened. I don't know if it'll work this time because I'm mixing two types of corner agents and I just poured in middle Well, that's pretty like that. And then I take my finger, meld everything together so that we can't really see a separation line. It just looks more like a radiant, and you can kind of do these swirly weight patterns however you want. I like how this is transparent back here, it looks like below the surface of the ocean. Okay, so that's all for your first step. Next, I'm going to start making my waves, and it's a lot easier than you think. It's just a matter of making sure you don't overdo it. So the trick to making your waves is to pour your white into your clear. So if you want a wave back here as well, you should pour a little bit of your clear from your cup back here. So I will do that to show you that's you'll be able to see it. So then you go over it with your white. A lot of white is better, and you just go right over your clear line that you made with your white pigment mixed in your rest. I like to do multiple, sometimes just to give it some more motion, and then we're also gonna do a wave at the surface, so just take your popsicle stick and you go over the clear part of your sand. Now, if you added color to year sand, you would want to add another clear line in between your stand in your blue. So now is the trick part. This is how you're going to make your weights. So what I do first is take my torch and pop the surface bubbles like this very fast, sweeping motion. Don't stay in one place for too long or your resin will burn. Okay? I popped all the surface bubbles. Now take your heat gun and you're going, Teoh, take your heat gun and you're going to do it at about a 30 degree angle. You want to be pushing back, You want to be pushing back like this? I'm gonna set it on the low setting and high settings. You can see both watch my technique closely. - So that was using the low setting and then use the high setting on this piece. And I forgot to mention at the beginning of this you will want to level your piece, so make sure you put a level in the middle this way in the middle of this place so that you can make sure your peace doesn't have any spots that are lower. Okay, you can see the clear difference that the high heat setting versus the low heat setting does. Now I like to use a mixture of both and then I do eventually go back. Once this layer has drive into a second layer wakes over them. Sometimes I even let's just do this for fun so I can show you what it looks like. Sometimes I go back with white layer this just to make the lines more clear. And then I hit it with a torch. Oh, yeah. Okay, so that's how you do it. Hold year, he got a 30 degree angle low from front to back. And the trick is, do not overdo it, because the more you play with heat on your resin, the last bubbles and sells, you're going to get in your ways. And then next step is when your resin is drying, you're going to want to kind of look at the surface. And if there are any hairs or blemishes, take your tweezers and just pluck him out and I wipe it on my glove. But this pluck it out like it on your goals, and that just helps to keep your piece more. You can also, at the end, news a bigger cop like this and put them all around here on the sides of your piece and then cover it with a larger piece of wood so that dust doesn't keep falling into it, so 4. Any Questions? : That's it, guys. That's how you make ocean waves. I hope to see all of your test pieces, all of your final pieces. You can DME pictures of them on Instagram. My handle is at artist Haley Nolan, and I hope that if you guys have any questions, you just feel free to reach out to me and let me know, and I'll back to you as soon as possible. Thanks.