I get a fair number of questions from artists, so this post is just for the artists on my list. 🙂 Feel free to post questions.
Here are the supplies I currently recommend for resin poured art. Poured art without the resin takes a slightly different list of supplies.
So far I’ve used MasterCast 1:2:1. The sizes are so different from the US to the UK, that I was literally expecting the container to be 4 times larger than it was. I almost cried when I received it. But it works really nicely.
Then I tried Liquid Diamonds. The US sales rep was great and made it feel like Christmas when it arrived. It’s a lot trickier to use for pouring, though. You need to be very scientific about it.
Finally, I am trying Art Resin. It’s priced similarly to Liquid Diamonds, but has reviews similar to Master Cast. So I’m really hoping!
I’ve used hard body, soft body and liquid acrylics, alcohol inks and acrylic inks. All of those things mixed very well with the MasterCast, but the the acrylic ink and acrylic hard and soft body paint all made the Liquid Diamonds seize up. It literally boiled in the cup and then turned disgusting.
With the Liquid Diamonds I did get great success with powdered pigment (which I got in a Settle art store about 20 years ago and had stored ever since), and with High Flow Acrylics which I really enjoy using.
Gessoboards are fabulous. Quality really matters. This is a link to a quality gessoboard. If you drop in to your local art store, they’ll have good ones. If you’re in an area like me with just a hobby store, be careful! They put their cheap ones that will curl up out next to the good ones, and at the same price so it’s hard to tell… Inspect for a good surface (not slick) and a thick piece of wood on top that seems well adhered.
Canvas is nice, but it needs to be supported in the middle. This link is to some economy canvas, for getting started. Practice is good! And I’ve talked to the support at Utrecht and it seems like the cheap canvas is just as archival as the best canvas, the difference is in how taught it is, how heavy and straight the supports are, and how thick the canvas is. So the cheap stuff is just fine for starting out.
I’ve also tried wood and fancy paper, both with good effect.
You can peel out the dry resin and reuse the cups many times. Take off your wedding ring, even if you wear gloves!
A lazy susan is very nice for working on.