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What are the Best Surfaces for Resin Art?

Resin, also known as epoxy resin, is a chemical compound that was used mostly in polishes and varnishes in the past. Because of its shiny surface and similarities to plastic,it didn’t take long for artists to start creating beautiful art pieces using resin. Known as resin art, artists have experimented with it to give vibrancy, clarity and colour depth to their artwork. From making resin jewellery to kitchen counters and enhancing different paintings, resin art is highly popular. Hence, many people are now enrolling in resin art classes to master this art.

To use resin as an art medium requires two components: resin and hardener. When you mix these two, a chemical reaction happens and forms a solid plastic shape with an opaque surface. It’s because of this clear, transparent and glossy form that many artists have found innovative ways to create exceptional artwork by mixing resin with various acrylic paints and similar art materials.

If you are one of those enthusiastic artists who love to create contemporary art with resin, then you should know about the surfaces you are going to work on. There are many surfaces available on which you can create your paintings. Being aware of the types and their pros and cons will allow you to select the surface that best suits your artwork.

Different art boards or surfaces you can use for your resin artwork

  1. Canvas
    Canvas is made from cotton and linen and is mixed with PVC (polyvinyl chloride). It is a plain-woven fabric which makes it very durable and extremely sturdy. Because of these properties, it is used to make bags, tents, sails, backpacks and, of course,art canvases.

    Canvas has been used for paintings since the 14th century and is highly popular among artists. Whenever you want to experiment with new resin techniques or styles, canvas is the best material for a number of reasons. So, let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of canvas.

    Canvas pros:
    • Lightweight and inexpensive
    • Provides a sturdy surface for smaller resin works
    • Available in a wide range of sizes
    • Ready to use as they come primed
    • Easily available in store or online
    Canvas cons:
    • Canvas material sags in the centre
    • Proper support is needed for larger canvases
    • Need proper guidance to paint on if you are a beginner

  2. Wooden panels
    Though canvas is generally more popular than wooden panels, wooden panels are still extensively used to overcome the cons of canvas. Wooden panels are sturdier than canvas and can be used for large resin paintings. The reason why they are popular is that the wooden substrate is framed with more wood that prevents the material from sagging. So, if you have a very large resin painting in mind, wooden panels are the ideal choice.
    Pros:
    • Sturdier than canvas and no sagging in the centre
    • Has highly rigid surface which means the painting doesn’t crack
    • No wood warping as the substrate is framed with more wood
    • You can allow resin paint to flow over the edges
    • Ideal for large resin art
    • Easily available in store or online
    Cons:
    • More expensive than canvas
    • May or may not come primed

  3. MDF boards
    If you want a cheaper material than traditional wooden panels, MDF (medium-density fibreboard) is the best choice. It is an engineered wood and has the same properties as wooden panels but can be cheaper. They are also an ideal choice for large resin paintings.
    Pros:
    • Inexpensive surface material
    • Available in a wide range of sizes and shapes
    • No priming is required
    • Can be primed to make colours more vibrant
    • Has a very smooth and consistent surface
    • Also has fine edges so you can let resin flow over
    Cons:
    • Heavier than wooden panels and are difficult to work with
    • May soak up paint and water unless it’s well-sealed
    • Soaks up stains which may not look appealing

  4. Vinyl records
    Vinyl records are excellent to paint small-sized resin works. If you are an amateur or have a quick idea in mind, you can use these records as a surface as old records are easily and cheaply available. However, before you start the resin work, make sure to cover the hole in the centre so that the resin doesn’t drip through to the other side.Also, proper care must be taken when you use a sheat gun to manipulate resin or for removing air bubbles so as to not warp the vinyl.
    Pros:
    • Used records are easily and cheaply available
    • Has a flat circular surface
    • Very inexpensive
    • Ideal for small-sized resin paintings
    • Lightweight and are easy to work with
    Cons:
    • As they are brittle, there is a high chance of damage or breakage
    • The surface might warp if heat gun is not used properly

  5. Tiles
    Flooring tiles are also used as art boards to create amazing resin paintings. As these tiles are available in both glazed and unglazed types, you can choose the one that suits your painting.
    Pros:
    • Available in many colours and shapes
    • Inexpensive and easily found in store or online
    • No priming is required
      Ideal for quick projects or small-sized resin paintings
    • Also ideal for making items like coasters or trinkets
    Cons:
    • Can be easily broken

The bottom line

To master resin art, it’s imperative you think carefully about each step and make the right choice for your artwork. From choosing the right surface to mixing the paint colours and pouring them on to the surface, care is needed at each point to create a highly vibrant resin painting. If you are an amateur and wanting to learn more, you can also enrol in resin art classes. You will not only get advice and help from experts, but you will also more quickly master the skill.

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