Make a painting using resin
Making a resin painting
I've always been interested in experimenting with different mediums to create something different, something that hasn't been done a million times before. This has always been a challenge for me, but one I enjoy facing. Last year I started experimenting with polymer resin. I now realize that others are interested in this medium as well. Check out Stephen Filla's paintings at http://stephenfilla.com/
One day last summer I went down to the local Home Depot and picked up a .25" thick piece of MDF board (Medium Density Board) that was 24x24" (I like square format) and a gallon of epoxy resin. I then hurried home to start my new painting.
First, I took out my oil paints and put a layer of color directly on the MDF board. I decided to let that first layer of color dry (this first layer was an abstract painting made up of two colors). After that first layer was dry, I started a painting on top of it using acrylic and oil paints. This is when I decided that I would pour the epoxy resin directly on top of the 2nd layer while it was still wet.
I took my painting outside and propped it up on some 2x4's (I also put some cardboard down underneath). I then poured about 20 oz. of epoxy resin into a plastic container and added the hardner (this usually comes w/ the resin) then mixed it up using a paint stick. *Note, Resin is very toxic! Wear gloves and a respirator when around this stuff. Now comes the fun! I poured the resin on top of the painting, covering every inch of her. Cool things start to happen at this point. The wet paint mixes with resin which creates a look of depth. The paint/resin mixture swirls and drips off the sides of your board creating a beautiful mess. At this point you can just let 'er dry (you must let this dry in a super-well ventilated area). I recommend letting it dry in the garage as long as you don't have pets that hang out there for extended periods of time.
My advice is to get creative in this process and have fun! Please post comments if you have any other interesting ideas...I'm always interested in new techniques.
- HOW TO USE ULTRA-GLO RESIN AND ULTRA-SEAL
Check out this quick video for instructions on how to apply resin to board.