How to Make Resin Canvas Art (Step-by-Step)

In this article, I show you how to make resin canvas art. Learn resin art techniques such as resin cells and resin lacing.

Things I Used

 

Often times, I experiment with many different products and tools while working with epoxy resin.  Therefore, the products I use in a certain project may not be my favorite.

For your convenience, I’ve compiled a complete list of my favorite Epoxy Resin material and tools – click HERE to see the list.

 

How to Make Resin Art Effects on a canvas

 

Resin Art Video Tutorial

I’ve included the video to this resin art project tutorial below.

However, this blog post has more detail so be sure to keep reading.

 

Gather Materials and Prepare Work Surface

Obviously, I like working with Epoxy Resin.

I had a small amount of material left over from my epoxy resin table project, so I decided to make resin art on a canvas.

The materials I used for this project are listed above.

Epoxy Resin Work Surface

First of all, I receive a ton of questions about my epoxy resin work surface.  

So, I’ll take a quick minute to explain.

In an effort to reduce the epoxy resin mess (run-off), I attached four 2×4’s to the underside of my outfeed table a few months ago.  

The 2×4’s suspend the work piece in the air.

How to Make Resin Art Table Underside

 

how to make resin art secure canvas

 

Additionally, I used 2×4’s around the table below the plywood top to create a tub.

I sealed the underside of the table with silicone caulk to prevent leaking.

Ultimately, the underside of the outfeed table is a tub which collects the epoxy as it runs off the workpiece.

The outfeed table is attached to my table saw with magnets.

how to make resin art remove table

 

To use the table, I pull it away from the table saw and flip it over.

How to Make Resin Art Flip Table Over

 

Prepare Paint and Epoxy Resin

First, I added the white acrylic paint in a plastic cup.  Also, the acrylic paint will add color to the epoxy resin.

how to make resin art white acrylic paint

 

White was my base color, so I used a large measuring cup because I needed roughly 8 ounces. 

Next, I mixed the other colors in a small plastic cup.

how to make resin art green acrylic paint

 

Then, I used roughly 1 tablespoon per 4 ounces of epoxy resin.  

Keep in mind, the amount of acrylic paint is not an exact science.

Ultimately, one tablespoon per 4 ounces produced a nice color for me.

Next, I mixed 24 ounces (12 ounces of epoxy, 12 ounces of hardener) of epoxy resin.

how to make resin art epoxy resin mix

 

Mix Paint and Epoxy Resin

First, I mixed the 24 ounces epoxy resin by stirring gently with a mixing stick.

While stirring, the epoxy resin will get thick and cloudy. 

Also, it will start to get easier to stir and become clear again after a few minutes of mixing.

how to make resin art mix epoxy resin

 

Next, I poured roughly 4 ounces in each small cup with acrylic paint.  Furthermore, I poured 8 ounces into the large mixing cup with my white base color.

mix resin and acrylic paint for canvas art

 

Then, I mixed the paint with the epoxy resin.  

It is important to make certain the paint is completely mixed with the resin.

 

Pour Base Color

First of all, I poured the white epoxy resin on top of the canvas to start the resin art project.

make resin art effects on canvas base color

 

Next, I rubbed the white resin to ensure it completely covered the canvas. 

The base color is necessary for the ‘lacing effect’, which is a popular resin art technique.

how to make resin art base spread

 

The ‘lacing effect’ is achieved when a different color is poured on top of the white resin and heat is applied with a heat gun.

More on this in a later step.

 

Pour Colors

There is no right or wrong way to pour the colors on the resin canvas art.  

Obviously, I did not have a plan I just sort of went with it.

First, I poured the sand color.

resin art on canvas first color

 

Next, I poured the gray and aqua colors.

how to make resin art gray color

 

how to make resin art aqua color

 

Then, I poured the blue color near the top of the canvas.

how to make resin art blue color

 

Heat Gun to Merge Colors

First, I used a heat gun to merge the different colors by moving the resin with heat.

This creates unique resin art effects because the colors blend together.

Additionally, the white (base) color becomes more visible.

how to make resin art heat gun

 

Make Resin Art Cells

I used silicone oil to make a popular resin art technique: resin cells.

So, I mixed the next 2 layers with silicone oil.

First, I mixed  5 drops of silicone oil per 4 ounces of resin.  This is not an exact measurement – this amount just seemed right to me.

Next, I mixed the silicone oil with the resin in the mixing cup.  

Some people drop dispersing agents directly on the resin, but that didn’t seem right.

 

Resin Dispersing Agent

Keep in mind, the silicone oil is a dispersing agent.  Furthermore, it adds multiple effects to the art piece such as lacing and cells.

Also, I allowed the base layers to sit for 10 minutes before I applied the resin with silicone oil.

Furthermore, I applied the aqua blue to the top of the canvas just above the blue layer.

Finally, I used my heat gun to work the resin into the other colors. 

The resin art really started to make cool patterns and blend well together.

make resin art effects on canvas

 

blend resin art on canvas with heat gun

 

Next, I applied the dark grey resin with silicone oil across the top.

I decided to bring some of the dark grey into the middle of the art piece.

resin art effects on canvas mix colors with silicone oil

 

resin art effects on canvas mix colors with heat gun

 

Move Resin Art On a Canvas

First, I should have realized the resin would congregate to the middle of the canvas because of it’s weight; however, I didn’t until it happened.

However, this turned out to be a good thing because it added to the unique patterns.

Next, I moved the resin around by lifting the canvas and tilting the canvas in different angles.

Then, I moved the resin with the heat gun until the pattern looked good.

Finally, I did this until I was happy with the patterns.

blend resin art on canvas

 

heat gun to blend resin on canvas

 

how to make art resin on a canvas

 

Resin Art Effects

Most importantly, the silicone oil helped create awesome effects as you can see in the pictures below.

How to make resin art effects on canvas

 

How to make resin art effects on canvas

 

How to make resin art lacing on canvas

 

How to make resin art cells on canvas

 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, I hope you learned how to make resin art on a canvas and you decide to make one of your own.  

This project was a lot of fun & I will definitely do another one again soon.  

Also, be sure to checkout my other wood and resin beach art with real sand, my epoxy resin baseball art, & my LED resin wall art projects.

Finally, please let me know in the comments if you have any tips on how to make resin art on a canvas.

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2 Comments

  1. Linda February 6, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Very interesting!
    I have never used resin and hope u can give me your opinion: can I use it to level my brick floor where a few brick have corners that stick up and cause stumbling?
    If I had something that dries clear and hard in the mortar joints to build it a little higher, I would try it!
    Thanks

    • Jeremy February 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda,
      I wouldn’t use this particular resin for a floor application. However, they do have epoxy specifically made for flooring applications. Here is a link to the floor epoxy: https://www.stonecoatcountertops.com/product-page/flooring-epoxy

      Your idea sounds reasonable to me; however, I’m not sure if it would blend well with the rest of your flooring considering epoxy is very glossy.

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