Tips on Applying Epoxy Resin Art to Your Painting
Epoxy resin, a translucent combination of hardening resin and hardening polymer, is an all-around favorite medium among many mixed media artists working in the country. The use of epoxy on art has originated from Canada and Australia and as a result has taken off as a rapidly popular U.S. trend. Epoxy resins offer artists the opportunity to create bold, fine-grained, organic images with the aid of various tools including rollers, paintbrushes, scrapers, anvils, and paint guns. If you are an artist interested in applying epoxy, there are several things that you will want to know in order to ensure the success of your efforts and the longevity of your finished work.
Many painters initially purchase their hardener from a local hardware store or hardware trade union. The advantage of purchasing an epoxy resin art tool set, especially if you are a beginner, is that you will be able to choose the appropriate hardener based upon the project at hand. Some hardeners are better for outdoor applications, while others may be better suited for indoor applications. Typically, hardeners are sold in packages that consist of a starter kit and a range of chemicals to complete the projects. Some epoxy resin art kits include the brush, an anvil, a roller, and other accessories to increase the functionality and ease of use. If you choose to purchase these items separately, always check to make sure that the chemicals and components included in your package will meet the needs of your particular project.
When applying the epoxy resin art to your painting, it is important to remember that the best way to apply the hardener is from directly on the surface of your painting. This allows the chemical to be spread more evenly throughout the surface of the painting. Because epoxy resin is very sticky, it is important to use a paint spraying bottle with a wider tip than you would typically use on the paint brushes because the product itself is so sticky and the paint brushes can actually put a strain on the tubing and the equipment holding them together if the bristles of the brushes become too soft. When applying the paint to the surface of the painting, use the same type of bristle brush but apply from directly above the area that is being painted.