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Here are some of the supplies you may want to consider having on hand for your resin sessions. Not all are mandatory, and after you use the resin a few times, you will discover the tools and materials that work best for your creative temperament. Go get em!
Epoxy Resin and Hardener – essential!
Measuring Cups – save cottage cheese and yogurt containers! (sour cream containers work as well…)
Mixing Pot/Bucket – something larger to mix in
Disposable Brushes / Spreaders – key word here is ‘disposable’ – a brush may be more comfortable, but you will never get it clean. If you use a spreader, you can wipe it off with paper towel and use it again and again.
Tape – You may want to tape off your edges. This is not done often, and means more work because you need to finish the corners. There are only a few materials that you can peel off of resin including the backside of tape, plastic bags and other very smooth surfaces.
Safety Goggles – just be safe!
Mixing Sticks – something strong. you can get great supplies at the dollar store. Once used, you can also wipe the mixing stick off with paper towel and use it again.
Disposable Gloves – very important and makes clean up easier. Also, the main health concern with epoxy resin is allergic reaction on your skin. Over time, you can ‘grow’ these allergies if you keep getting the resin on your skin. So wear gloves!
Foam Brushes – easy to spread with, but much like paint brushes, these will have to be thrown out after one resin session.
Dust Mask (Respirator) – the fumes can make you dizzy and depressed. Again, just be safe.
Sand Paper - You may want to sand down high peaks if your painting is textures so that the paint will not stick through the resin (unless you want this effect – it could look neat)
Rags - this can get messy. wear old clothes too!
Paper Towel – your best friend when using resin!
Blow Torch (or heat gun) – I swear by the blow torch for getting rid of bubbles… cannot recommend a better investment if you plan on using resin often. Run the flame over the surface once leveled and watch the bubbles disappear!
Level - Epoxy Resin, like any liquid, will follow the path to the lowest point in the fight against gravity. Before you pour, make sure your painting, and the surface/stand you are holding the painting on, is perfectly level in all directions. A perfectly level painting will have a perfectly level resin finish!
Drop Cloth – if you care about your floor… make sure to catch the drips. Fabric drop cloths will soak up the resin vs. plastic which will leave the resin sitting on top… If you walk on the drop cloth, it will be less messy to use cloth drop sheets so you don’t drag it around on the plastic.
Plastic Sheets (if you want to make a tent) - this can be very valuable and insure that you dont get dust on your art. You can get these cheap in the paint section where they are sold for covering floors when painting walls.
Pigments - fun to experiment with, but definitely not essential.
A Good Attitude! – I find it helpful to wake up in the morning and tell myself, ‘today can be special’. try it!
If you have other materials or tricks, i would love to hear about them! I am putting together a free ebook on using resin with art, and would love collaboration from other artists.