How to Epoxy Coat Artwork with ArtResin

hey welcome back to diode press I'm Graham so in this video I'm gonna go through all the steps you need to do to epoxy code a piece of artwork or a print or anything you want so a couple of weeks ago I first won two epoxy coated piece of art so I went to the craft store and I got a small kit that was like a two-part epoxy you know I followed all the directions on the box and everything how I'm supposed to but as you can see even using a heat gun and you know all the directions that said it was just covered in tiny bubbles no matter what I did I couldn't get rid of them and I definitely recommend before you do any kind of epoxy coating or finishing and I need your finished artwork just whatever material that is if it's a print you know a printmaking project do a test on a scrap one that didn't turn out well just you don't ruin your finished piece of our work because it you know be a real bummer so I did some research trying to find a different epoxy to use and they came across art resin and so on black friday they were having a deal on their website so i got just a small starter kit and it's just a two-part epoxy resin and it's odorless so you can do it indoors and things like that so in this video I'm gonna go through how I did it and you know all the steps you need to do to to coat a piece of art and so down in the description box I'll have a link to all the materials I use for this project and you know all that stuff and you give any questions make sure to leave a comment down below and subscribe to the channel if you haven't already to keep up with the new projects and let's jump right into it so the artwork that I'm gonna coat with epoxy today is a einstein linocut that i printed on top of a skeleton poster and then that was mounted onto another sheet of paper and then that whole thing was mounted onto a would support panel and after it was mounted onto the support panel I used matte medium on top of it to kind of seal it in there and I'll put a link in the description box to hold video I did on how to mount artwork to one of these panels for this project I'm gonna coat the top and the sides with epoxy so to deal with the back of the print I'm gonna put an edging of tape around the border so that way after the epoxy is dry I can peel off that tape and have a nice clean edge in order to get the sides a bit nice and smooth with the epoxy I'm mounting a small block on the inside it'll raise up the piece off of my work surface so that way the epoxy can just drip right off the edges and it won't pull up on the bottom so the resin comes with pretty simple instructions right on the bottle but basically it's a one-to-one mix ratio of the resin and the hardener so here I'm just using two cups that I marked out the same level on each one and then I add the resin to one cup and the hardener to the other so after that I dumped one of the cups into the other one making sure I scraped out everything that was left in that first cup and then I stirred it for about three minutes like the direction say and you have about 45 minutes before it starts to set up so you can really take your time and just you know make sure it's mixed really well so there's no real tricks to pouring it you know I just made sure my work surface have a drop cloth down because whatever this is gonna touch it's gonna be permanently on there and I just poured a nice thick layer all across the piece and I didn't worry about bubbles or anything you know we'll deal with those in the next step but I guess one important thing is to make sure your work surface and your piece is completely level you know it's it's liquid at this point so it's gonna flow if it's angled and when it cures up you'll have a thicker edge on one side or the other if it's not perfectly level so I started smoothing it out first using this little silicone scraper but it was kind of difficult to work with so I ended up just using my finger in the glove and just smoothing it out that way I felt like I had a lot more control and it just went a lot quicker once I had a nice pool across the top of the piece I pushed a little bit to the edges and then use my finger just to give a coating along all the perimeter of the piece and since I had the epoxy and everything mixed up for this project I also went ahead and did a couple of other pieces at the same time and so again I just poured a layer on top and then smooth it out around the edges of the panels after I was happy with how the epoxy was poured it was time to get rid of the air bubbles our Risen cells a small torch that you can use for this like a desert torch but I'm just using a stick lighter do the same thing and you can also use like a heat gun but it's really kind of important to have the flame because that helps you know pop the bubbles but it also helps burn off any land her hair that falls on the wet epoxy and it's hard to see on the Einstein print but if you look at the bison print here you can see how well it gets rid of the bubbles and you just need a really quick light pass across it you don't want to burn anything off it's just a real quick coat and that's all you have to do and here you can see how smooth and you know crystal clear the wet resin is and so I covered it with a cardboard box for about 25 minutes or so just so you know nothing landed on it when it was still wet but after that I took the box off and I went with just a stick here and cleaned off the bottom edges of all the pieces and this just just to get rid of some of the bigger drips there you know fell in that first half hour or so and this will just make finishing a lot easier because you want to have to deal with these large clumps of resin on the bottom and then did one more pass with a lighter just to make sure I got all the bubbles and any new link that fell on there when I was you know cleaning up those edges and back into the box that went for 24 hours so off-camera I used an exacto blade and just scored a thin edge right along the edge of the tape on the epoxy just so then when I peel off this tape it made a really nice crisp clean edge and you can see all those little blobs of epoxy just peel right off okay and here's the finished epoxy piece and it's crystal clear they didn't have any bubbles or a linked or hair in there it came out exactly how I was hoping it would and I was really glad too because this is the last time Stein piece that I have alright as you can see I'm really happy with how the art hasn't turned out it's a crystal clear image and I think it looks really good so if you have any questions about any of the steps I went through make sure to leave a comment down below and also have a link to a blog post where I have all the materials I used in this project and I also have this print up for sale in my shop if you want to check it out or any of the other work I have in there but thank you so much for watching and I'll be back soon with a new video thanks for watching to keep up with the 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7 Replies to “How to Epoxy Coat Artwork with ArtResin”

  1. Awesome video!! I was really hesitant to working with resin because of the long process, but after watching this I think I'll finally give it a try. Did you use liquid glue or a glue stick to mount your piece? I've read on different forums that you need to match liquid glue w the liquid resin or it won't cure right. For reference I'm working with collaging vintage magazines so I want to make sure my images are secure before I add layers of resin. I've tried mod podge and all purpose liquid glues but always get so many air bubbles and wrinkles in the paper so I think this will be a step up for sure!

  2. i use glaze coat from femwood but i always get dimples am i not adding much epoxy i use a paint brush to cover the pice with epoxy is that the problem ?

  3. Looks great. The little experience with epoxy (as a special glue, mainly) is that the resulting surface was a bit sticky. Do you think it is due to this special epoxy resin you have used that you did not experience any stickiness of the final surface? I read somewhere sufficient heat and the exact proportions and mixing of the resin and hardener are also important factors. Perhaps I didn't pay enough attention to those.
    Anyway, if this sticky mess did happen, you'd be in for a lot of sanding and polishing to recover your artwork.

  4. so great! thank you for such a great walk through 🙂 means a lot when other artists approve of what we created! you have a new fan!

  5. Wow, sharp! If someone is just getting testing that, what size should they get? I imagine you buy the largest you can, haha.

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