Best Epoxy Resin For Art Projects–Everything You Need To Know
Resin can be used in a large variety of art projects and is an excellent choice to create an aesthetically pleasing piece. When it comes to resin, the possibilities are endless. Although resin has many commercial applications, this article names and reviews the best epoxy resin for art projects.
Best Epoxy Resins for Art Projects
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“Best for Art Professionals”
“Best for Wood and Resin Art”
“Best for Beginners”
“Best Medium Viscosity”
“Best for Resin Coasters”
“Best Budget Epoxy Resin”
“Best High Viscosity”
“Best Quality for the Price”
Epoxy resin is often used in commercial settings and construction sites. For example, some epoxy resins are used to bond wood or metal together, while other types of epoxy resin are used to add texture to a garage floor or to add a protective coating onto an outdoor wooden deck.
Epoxy Resin for Art Projects
As far as using epoxy resin as a medium for art goes, the possibilities are endless. For example, epoxy resin can be used to add a shiny, glass-like topcoat to an acrylic painting. Another way to use epoxy resin in art is to use the resin as a base, as we did in our Resin Wine Butler and Coasters Tutorial.
Specific Art Projects Call For Different Types of Epoxy Resin
Interestingly, these two epoxy resin art endeavors require distinct types of epoxy resin to get proper results. Some epoxy resins are better suited for resin art than others. Within this category or ‘art resins,’ however, some resins are better suited for certain art endeavors than others.
I know, confusing, right?
Don’t worry, not only will we clear all this up for you below, but we have made a handy chart listing which of the best art resins are best for your specific art project.
It is important to use the proper type of epoxy resin for each resin art project you attempt. Epoxy resin products vary in their attributes, making some suitable for some projects and others suitable for other projects. Ensuring a good final resin art piece depends on your ability to pick the proper epoxy resin for the job!
Not as easy as it looks
Resin Art is not as easy as it looks. Whether learning these different techniques excites you, or you are just determined to create something wonderful with epoxy resin, you are in the right place. Watching those awesome YouTube videos of resin artists creating magical pieces almost makes epoxy resin art look easy!
However, many a fool have fallen into this trap! These highly edited resin art videos may look straightforward, but as our readers know, preparation is everything when it comes to successfully creating resin art. A lot of work went into setting up for those videos to make the art process go so smoothly. Sorry to burst your bubbles.
We apologize, but that is why we are here. To help simplify the resin art process, so you can spend less time stressing over which products to buy and more time creating amazing resin art!,
Mastering Epoxy Resin Art
Before pouring your first drop of epoxy resin onto a canvas or into a mold, you must gain a bit of background knowledge about epoxy resin in general, as well as know what products are suitable for the type of project you are trying.
Other important topics to read up on before starting a resin art project include Resin Art: What can I mix with Resin to create effects?, as well as How To Mix Bubble-Free Epoxy Resin, but this article is the proper starting place for any beginner.
This article explains everything you need to know about epoxy resin, including what epoxy resin art is, how to work with epoxy resin, challenges faced when working with epoxy resin, and finally, which companies make the best epoxy resin for art projects!
Let’s get started!
What is Epoxy Resin?
As stated above, there are tons of commercial applications for epoxy resin, including coating cooling towers, bonding, sealing, and priming construction materials, creating composite fills at the dentist, and so on.
Epoxy Resin is a thermosetting polymer. I know you are not here for a chemistry lesson, so I will spare you the technical jargon and make this as reader-friendly as possible.
I mean, jeez, we are just trying to create a resin art masterpiece here!!!
Here are the complete basics:
What is a Thermosetting Polymer?
A polymer is…
a substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of many similar units bonded together. These polymers are like building blocks, and when they are bonded together, they create plastic. The more polymers that are bonded together, (more iterations of the polymer) the thicker the plastic. The fewer polymers, the thinner the plastic. For simplicities sake, polymers make up the material we know of as plastic.
If you break the word down to its origins, ‘thermo’ means related to heat and ‘setting’ means curing. (turning into hard plastic, in this case) So basically, thermosetting means curing with heat.
Therefore, a thermosetting polymer is…
a plastic that is hardened with the introduction of heat, whether that hear is introduced by an external (UV Resin) or internal force (epoxy resins)
(If you are interested in the technical explanation, check out Everything You Need To Know About Thermoset Polymers (redseal.com).)
The Role Of Heat in Thermosetting
Thermosetting Polymers are a type of plastic that is irreversibly hardened by curing from a liquid state to a solid-state. Thermosetting Polymers, such as resin, start to cure with the introduction of heat. (Cure=Harden)
UV Resin vs. Epoxy Resin
In the case of UV resin, the curing process begins when the UV light, an external heat force, is shone onto the resin. In the case of epoxy resin, a hardener is mixed in with the resin, which acts as a catalyst and begins to heat the mixture internally. This internal chemical reaction starts the curing process of an epoxy resin.
Explaining Epoxy In Simple Terms
Let me sum all the ‘mumbo-jumbo’ science talk up into something a little simpler.
Epoxy resins are made by combining two components: a liquid resin and a hardener.
The mixing ratio of resin to hardener is usually 1:1. However, some types call for mixing a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio.
Once the two components are mixed, a chemical reaction takes place, hardening the liquid resin to turn into solid plastic within a certain amount of time. Depending on the type of epoxy resin you are using, this time differs, from minutes to hours, to days!
This reaction results in a beautiful, clear, and glossy substance we refer to as hardened epoxy resin.
IMPORTANT TIP: Closely follow the directions included with the epoxy resin brand you are using because many products require different mixing ratios. Sometimes, even resins that are the same brand, may call for different measurements before mixing.
What Is Epoxy Resin Art?
Any type of project where we use epoxy resin, whether colored and put on a canvas or poured into a mold, is considered “epoxy resin art.”
In the simplest of terms, epoxy resin art is the act of creating art with epoxy resin.
EpoxyShow.com defines epoxy resin art a bit more eloquently:
Resin Art describes the art form of creating art objects with epoxy resin. The term refers to all facets of this art. Resin can be used to design paintings, as well as to produce varnishes, resin jewelry, Petri dishes, and various other castings of any kind. The latter is also known as Resin Casting.
A wide variety of arts and crafts projects are considered epoxy resin art and new types are created by the day! A quick YouTube search for epoxy resin art proves this! Epoxy resin is so versatile and can be mixed with tons of mediums, making it an ideal medium for all types of mixed media artists. For example, epoxy resin can be mixed with anything from acrylic paints to eyeshadow, to candy! The artist is completely in control when it comes to deciding what to do with epoxy resin when creating art. The possibilities are endless!
Types Of Resin Art
Resin art can be used to create all sorts of decorative art objects from epoxy resin. You can confidently (but carefully) create works of art that enchant with their brilliance and beauty.
Here are a few other things you can do using epoxy resin. I have included links to buy each type of resin art, as well as links to relevant tutorials if you are interested in attempting these projects.
- Resin Geode Art
- Resin Jewelry
- Resin Ornaments
- Use epoxy on wood to fill cracks or make beautiful patterns
- Epoxy and Wood Tutorials (Coming Soon!)
- TopCoating Paintings
- Create casting for molds
- Resin furniture (epoxy resin tables, river tables, etc.)
- Epoxy Resin Countertops
- Coating Boats
…and much more! There are no limits to your creativity when it comes to creating art with epoxy resin.
Safety Guidelines For Resin Art
When working with resin, following proper safety guidelines are essential. Remember you are working with chemicals and any exposure should be taken seriously.
Individuals may react differently when exposed to epoxy resins.
Exposure happens through contact with skin, as well as inhalation of particles or fumes released from epoxy resin into the air.
Reactions to Resin Exposure
Unfortunately, when working with epoxy resin a person may experience some potential adverse reactions caused by their exposure to the epoxy resin. Exposure to epoxy resins can cause a spectrum of symptoms, ranging from mild rashes to severe allergic reactions. In other cases, an individual exposed to epoxy resins chemicals suffers no adverse reactions.
Even if you are lucky enough to not experience any immediate exposure symptoms, it is still important to remember that repeated exposure to epoxy resin also has a risk of causing delayed reactions. In other words, adverse effects may not be seen until a person is exposed repeatedly, over a certain period.
Therefore, it is important for everyone working with epoxy resin to follow the most basic of recommended safety precautions, which I have listed below.
Safety Precautions for Resin Art
Here are some quick safety guidelines to follow when working with epoxy resin:
Proper Ventilation in the Workspace
Wearing PPE, or personal protective equipment is the most basic requirement when working with epoxy resin.
The first type of PPE recommended is gloves to protect your hands. Nitrile gloves are recommended, as they are known to stand up to harsh chemicals like epoxy resin. Also, nitrile is less likely than latex to cause adverse skin reactions. Some have claimed that latex gloves also inhibit the curing of some epoxy resins, so stick with nitrile. The following nitrile gloves are recommended: (and affordable!)
Remember, gloves do not protect your arms. So, if you are extra sensitive to chemicals on the skin, wear long sleeves when working with epoxy resin.
How to Get Epoxy Resin Off Skin
If you get epoxy resin on your skin, try to use soap and water to get it off first. Honestly, I have never had success using just soap and water, but every source advises you to try this method first, so go for it.
When you realize this does not work, soak a rag in isopropyl alcohol and wipe the epoxy resin off your skin. (Warning: Alcohol may dry out your skin, so be sure to rinse with water afterward. You may also want to apply a lotion after scrubbing off the epoxy resin.
I have only found one product that works flawlessly to get epoxy resin off the skin. I try to have this product on hand no matter what. Made by Grime Boss, they are available for purchase at the Home Depot, or at the following link:
NOTE: Never use a ketone or chlorine-based product to wipe epoxy resin off the skin. These products will push the epoxy resin deeper into your skin.
What Does Working Time Mean?
As mentioned earlier, epoxy resin and a hardener combine to solidify the resin. This timeframe between which the resin turns from a liquid to a solid is called cure time.
The cure time can be divided into 3 stages:
- Working Time. The period after resin and hardener are mixed, but before it begins to solidify. The mixture is still a liquid and is suitable to work with. All mixing, smoothing, shaping, assembling, pouring, etc. should take place during this time. (Also called gel time or open time.)
- Initial epoxy cure. At this stage, the epoxy starts to cure, turning into a gel consistency. The epoxy is no longer workable at this point. Many epoxies start to feel warmer in the cup at this point. (Note: The more product in a cup, the sooner the initial epoxy sure starts.)
- Final epoxy cure. At this point, the chemical reaction between the resin and the hardener is complete. The mixture has turned into a solid and you should not be able to bend it or produce a dent in it. (This may not be true for softer resins, or in the event, the epoxy was not mixed or measured correctly.) At this stage, an artist can sand and polish the final product.
Working time is crucial to take into consideration when working with epoxy as it is the time when you will make the most significant changes to the product.
What is Resin Viscosity?
Resin viscosity defines the flowability of the resin. Low viscosity resins are thinner and runnier, whereas high viscosity resins are thicker.
Viscosity, or thickness of a liquid, is measured in units called centipoise (cP). Viscosity is measured on a spectrum from low to high, from 1cP to millions of cP. (Source: MAS Epoxy)
Water is an example of a liquid with a viscosity of 1cP.
Molasses has a viscosity closer to 10,000cP.
The viscosity of lard is 100,000cP.
For a detailed chart of viscosity measurements of everyday products, see Viscosity Chart.
Low Viscosity Epoxy Resins
Low viscosity epoxy resins have a consistency anywhere from 100cP to 1,000cP. Resins designated for art projects usually have a viscosity of around 1000cP. This means it is thicker than water, but still thick enough to be easily controlled while pouring. For reference, 1000cP is the viscosity of honey.
When to Use Low Viscosity Epoxy Resins
Low-viscosity epoxy resin works best for deep-level penetration and filling small cavities. With low viscosity resins, the thinner viscosity prevents air bubbles. For these reasons, low viscosity resins are best for the following art projects:
- Casting Projects (ie creating miniatures)
- Sealing Wood and other Materials
- Paintings (Low viscosity resins allow an artist to combine colored epoxy on the canvas and create different effects)
- Encapsulating Objects (Dried Flowers, Candies, etc.)
- Deep Pours (NOTE: Always read directions for each brand carefully. For really deep pours, many brands will require you to layer multiple shallow pours to achieve depth. However, Superclear Deep Pour Epoxy allows for a 2-6 inch pour in one session, but you have to make sure the temperature of the room you are pouring in is between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Note: Low viscosity resins are often referred to as casting resins, as they release air bubbles easily, even when poured in thicker quantities.
Medium Viscosity Epoxy Resins
Medium viscosity epoxy resins are thicker. These resins are less permeable than low-viscosity formulas, offering greater material strength after curing. The measurement of a medium viscosity resin is anywhere from 1,000cP to around 5,000cP. For reference, hand cleaner has a viscosity of 2,000cP and shampoo has a viscosity of 3,000cP.
Regarding temperatures, a moderately (medium) viscous epoxy resin can withstand elevated temperatures and, in the construction field, is often used for filament winding, vacuum bagging, and tooling.
Another characteristic of a medium viscosity resin is its ability to self-level, making these epoxy resins ideal for top coating paintings.
When to Use Medium Viscosity Epoxy Resins
Medium viscosity epoxy resins are great for coating projects, as well as castings without intricate detail. Here are some examples of art projects that medium viscosity epoxy resins work great for:
- Serving Trays
- Shot Glasses
- Top coating Paintings
- Coating Wood
- River Tables (without small voids that need to be filled)
High Viscosity Epoxy Resin
High-viscosity epoxy has a paste-like consistency and is the most resilient option. It bonds objects together with superior strength. Also, high viscosity epoxy resins are the most heat resistant. In the construction industry, high viscosity epoxy resins are used in projects where durability and strength are key. High viscosity epoxy resins usually measure above 5,000cP.
When to Use High Viscosity Epoxy Resins
High-viscosity resins are suitable for certain art projects. Here are some examples:
- Geode Art (where an artist wants colors to stay separate)
- Paintings (when the artist does not wish for colors to blend)
- Gluing sculpture parts together
- Doming Art Pieces or Paintings
It is good practice to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely while working with epoxy resins of any viscosity to avoid any mishaps.
Viscosities’ Effect on Working Time and Cure Time
Low-viscosity resins cure slowly, and as a result, usually have longer working times. A low viscosity epoxy resin takes anywhere from 12 hours to an entire day to cure.
On the other hand, highly viscous epoxy resins have a shorter working time, but usually, cure more quickly.
Temperature’s Effect on Viscosity
The temperature of the room affects the viscosity of the epoxy resin in that room. The warmer the temperature, the thinner your epoxy resin becomes, The colder the temperature, the thicker.
This is handy to know when you want to thin out the epoxy resin you are using. For example, placing your cup of epoxy resin into a larger cup of warm water will thin the epoxy resin. This helps if you need to speed up the rate at which your epoxy flows from cup to canvas or mold.
Keep in mind, however, the thermosetting properties of epoxy resin, (discussed above) dictate that as you heat the epoxy resin, the working time gets shorter as the epoxy enters the curing phase sooner. Be cognizant of how much heat you are applying to your epoxy.
UV Protection in Epoxy
UV resistance is a crucial aspect in the determination of good quality epoxy resin. Poor UV resistance results in discoloration
immediately upon exposure to UV rays. All epoxy resin eventually yellows and loses its shine after repeated exposure to UV light. Breakdown of the coating can also occur because of UV damage. This damage caused by UV lights is irreversible.
While there have been improvements in stabilizing epoxy against UV light, the solutions are not permanent. However, some products have made more significant strives in improving their epoxy resin formulas to better protect from damage caused by UV exposure.
Types Of UV Protections in Epoxy Resins
UV Stabilizers and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS)
Epoxy Resins including both a UV stabilizer and a Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer, (HALS) provide the best protection from damage caused by UV exposure.
UV Stabilizers protect from most of the damage caused by UV exposure, including loss of gloss, cracking, chalking, and delamination. However, UV stabilizers are not great at protecting against yellowing.
For protection from the yellowing caused by UV exposure, an epoxy resin should include HALS in its ingredients. HALS targets yellowing, specifically by interrupting the yellowing process at the outset, hindering the discoloration process from ever starting.
UV Protection Qualities’ Effect on The Price of Epoxy Resins
The addition of both of these additives in an epoxy resin formula increases the price of epoxy resin. Keep in mind, yellowing should only be a concern if you are attempting a resin art project that utilizes clear, white, or lightly colored epoxy resin. These are the only types of projects where yellowing would be apparent if it were to happen.
So, if you are looking to save money on a project that does not include clear resin in the final piece, you do not need to purchase an epoxy resin with HALS in the formula. If attempting a project where glossiness is not a concern, you may also be able to save some money by using an epoxy resin without UV stabilizers or HALS included in the formula at all.
For the case of this article, we have included epoxy resins that employ, at the very least, UV stabilizers. However, many, if not most, also include HALS.
Epoxy Resin Toxicity
Concerning epoxy resin toxicity, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are considered. VOCs cause irritation in the nose, throat, and lungs. VOCs are fumes. However, not all of these fumes are identifiable through smell. Rest assured, most epoxy resins formulate for use in art have very little, VOCs. Most have none. With low or no VOCs an epoxy resin is considered safe to use in ventilated areas.
Although epoxy resin has been proven to be safe for use indoors, we always suggest using proper PPE protection, which we discussed above. Also, just because an epoxy resin is safe for artists to use while taking the correct precautions, does not mean that epoxy resin is safe for the environment.
There are not many products that are completely environmentally friendly in the epoxy resin market. However, we would like to spotlight EcoPoxy real fast. EcoPoxy epoxy resin distributes bio-based epoxies made from annually renewable resources, offering an alternative to traditional epoxy resins made from fossil fuels.
What to Consider When Buying Epoxy Resin
A quality epoxy resin for art projects must possess a few key qualities. While on the hunt for the perfect epoxy resin for your specific artistic purposes, here are the factors you should consider:
- Viscosity (Proper viscosity is dependant on the type of resin art project.)
- Working Time (A.K.A. Open time or Gel Time)
- UV Protection
Our top 15 list for the best epoxy resin for art projects is created keeping these factors in mind. An epoxy resin missing one or more of these aspects would lose points and would, therefore, rank lower in our ranking system.
How To Make Our List of The Best Epoxy Resin For Artists
I have tested and reviewed every epoxy resin for art product on our top recommendations list. I purchase different brands of epoxy resins, testing them on my art projects, many of which are for sale on the shop page!
I AM NOT SPONSORED BY ANY OF THESE COMPANIES.
I write these reviews to help other resin artists make an educated decision when buying epoxy resin for their own art projects. All I ask is, if you choose to buy one of the products we recommend, you do so using the link provided in this article. I make a tiny commission if you use the links provided, AT NO EXTRA CHARGE TO YOU!
After reviewing over 100 different brands of epoxy resin for art, I have finally compiled my top picks. All suggested products received high rankings on each of the review factors.
Each of the recommended epoxy resins for art projects is ranked on the following factors:
The viscosity of the resin you are working with is very crucial in how your product will turn out. Both low-viscosity and high-viscosity resins serve different purposes and have varying cure times and finishes.
For instance, a low-viscosity resin is usually used to create art pieces such as geode coasters and paintings as it would take longer to cure and would, therefore, provide ease of work.
High-viscosity resin, on the other hand, can be used to create things like resin river tables and several types of resin jewelry.
Highly viscous epoxy resin gives you lesser time to work with and the room for error is slim compared to low-viscosity resin.
For this article, we will note the viscosity measurement as low, medium, or high, on our review chart, instead of giving each product a viscosity rating. If you are a beginner, we recommend a low-viscosity resin.
2. Working Time
We want our epoxy resin to cure at a slower rate so that there is more open time for people to work and create an art piece of their choice.
A longer working time allows beginner art hobbyists to practice and get better at handling epoxy resin before they move on to difficult projects.
Hence, the more the working time, the higher the points.
We want your resulting resin product to have a brilliant high gloss clear finish. This is why we want our epoxy resin to produce a transparent finish and not add any cloudiness to the end product.
4. UV Resistance
Nobody likes putting hours upon hours on an art project that is just going to end up getting destroyed with yellow stains after a while. Therefore, UV resistance is an important factor in our review process. The ingredients included in epoxy resin that filter out UV light and protect from damage affect the longevity and overall condition of any resin art piece.
The epoxy resins included in our list are made with high-quality formulas that do not stain over time. Each product is rated accordingly in the reviews below.
5. The Price Point (Affordability)
While we are big proponents of art, wasting massive amounts of money on supplies that you can get for a cheaper price is not something we recommend. We know you want the best epoxy resin for your art projects, but a higher price point does not always equal a better product.
Hence, in our list, you will find affordable products that are suitable for art projects, ranging from beginner DIY to professional studio-grade. Value for money is key!
Some types of epoxy resin contain some amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). All epoxy resins have a VOC level. A good resin should have zero VOC rating as we want a product that is non-toxic and completely safe to work with.
The lower the VOC rating, the higher the points.
How Our Rating System Works
The Scale of Silicone Spoons
To rate the below-mentioned epoxy resins, we use the Scale of Silicone Spoons, with one silicone spoon being the lowest rating and five spoons being the highest. The spoonier the better!
Here is an example of what our review scale looks like:
You will find our Silicone Spoon rating under each product’s heading. Ratings are assigned in each of the review categories: viscosity, working time, clarity, UV protection, affordability, and toxicity.
Products receiving a perfect score in all categories receive a Gold-Leafed Spoon Award, which looks like this:
Top 15 Recommended List of Best Epoxy Resin for Art Projects
Here is our curated list of the best epoxy resins for art projects. (Products are not listed in order of preference, as some products work better than others for different types of art projects. We have specified the viscosity of each product and you may use our reference above to determine what type of projects a certain product would be most useful for. ) Remember, products receiving our Gold-Leafed Spoon Award are HIGHLY recommended. They are the products we order repeatedly because they are so great!
ArtResin epoxy resin is a popular choice amongst art enthusiasts. It has over 3000 user ratings on Amazon which speaks to the popularity of the product.
Whether you are looking for an easy-to-use, beginner-friendly, or nontoxic epoxy resin, ArtResin will not disappoint. It scores high in all categories. It loses points in affordability. We understand it is expensive to provide a superior product, but we have found other art resins offering the same quality features at lower price points. They are included in this list!
Here are more details about how this product faired in each of the ranking categories:
- Viscosity. Low
- Working Time. The working time for ArtResin epoxy resin is 40-60 minutes, so you can work patiently without any stress.
- Finish. This epoxy resin has a crystal clear and high gloss finish, which is what we like!
- UV Protection. The product is UV and HALS stabilized meaning no yellow discoloration.
- Affordability. ArtResin maybe a little on the pricey side but is worth the value it brings.
- Toxicity. ArtResin epoxy resin is free from any VOCs and is food safe, making it non-toxic and safe to work with.
With over 25 years of creating and selling epoxies, MAS is an old and trusted player in the resin realm. They are known for their high-quality affordable products with stellar ratings on Amazon by thousands of satisfied customers.
If you are a true DIY enthusiast and want your epoxy resin for art projects to be suitable for everything from topcoats to art projects, MAS’s epoxy resin will provide you with the versatility you seek in a product.
Moreover, the manufacturer itself is very cooperative and readily answers any queries one may have.
One thing to keep in mind is that you may need to buy a heat gun to eliminate any bubbles that form during curing.
- Viscosity. Medium. A thicker resin, this product is great for geodes, coating paintings, and so much more! This is one of the thicker viscosity epoxy resins on the list, that is also suitable for beginner use.
- Working Time. The working time for MAS epoxy resin is about 20-30 minutes depending on the temperature at which it cures. With its self-leveling properties and straightforward procedure, MAS Table Top Epoxy Resin is a wonderful choice for a beginner.
- Finish. MAS epoxy resin provides an ultra-smooth, high gloss finish. Customers love it for the
- UV Protection. MAS Tabletop Pro can be used for exterior projects and furniture. However, it is not UV stable. It is recommended that you use it with a UV protectant when using it for outdoor purposes.
- Affordability. This epoxy product comes in a large quantity at a very reasonable price. It is ideal for people looking to work on large surfaces.
- Toxicity. While MAS Art products may not have zero VOC level, they believe in complete transparency. Their website states a VOC level of 1.5g/L, which is extremely low, making the product almost non-toxic.
3. Craft Resin
Craft Resin is the perfect place to shop for your epoxy resin if you are a true creative. It provides a plethora of opportunities to practice your creativity and create all types of resin art projects, from beautiful art pieces to tabletops, jewelry, and much more!
Craft Resin epoxy resin is available in a variety of kit sizes.
It is very easy to use and provides you with a product that will never disappoint.
- Viscosity. This is a low-viscosity product, making it ideal for beginners to unleash the artist in them.
- Working Time. Thanks to its low viscosity, you will have ample time to create your masterpiece.
- Finish. Craft Resin epoxy provides a high gloss and clear finish.
- UV Protection. This product comes with UV protection, making your art pieces last longer.
- Affordability. Craft Resin has something for everyone. If you are looking for a one-off project or just want to try resin art for the fun of it, you won’t have to fork out tons of money. Their smallest and cheapest kit costs only $16.99!
- Toxicity. This epoxy resin has no VOCs, making it 100% safe to use.
The absence of UV protecting agents from an epoxy formula has a big effect on the longevity of your resin piece. This product by Clearcast was made specifically with UV protection in mind to provide you with a high-quality epoxy resin that won’t stain for an exceptionally long time. This resin resists discoloration to remain clear even after direct sunlight exposure, making it perfect to use for outdoor purposes.
This epoxy resin is more suited for thin coatings (under ¼”), which means it won’t be the ideal choice for projects requiring thick pours.
Let us have a look at how it ranks across the board.
- Viscosity. Medium
- Working Time. Clearcast 7050 is a great beginner product with a working time of 45-60 minutes.
- Finish. You are in the right place if you are looking for a good-quality clear resin. This product will provide you with the clarity and glossiness that your artwork deserves.
- UV Protection. There is a special focus on UV protection. It contains UV absorbers and Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers (HALS).
- Affordability. One of the most affordable Epoxy Resins on the market today. The value is fantastic for the product you receive.
- Toxicity. This product has zero VOCs, making it food-safe and non-toxic. This means you can use it on your utensils without worrying.
Incredible Solutions is a trusted brand for epoxy resins with a lot of people putting their trust in its products. Their epoxy resin is easy to work with, self-leveling has no strong odor, and keeps a consistent thickness throughout the product.
Their goal with every product is to be as comprehensive as possible and help people, especially beginners, in how to use their products and provide useful knowledge. They have detailed instructions for every step of the epoxy resin process to make things easier for their customers so you can work comfortably without reducing the risk of failure.
The Incredible Solutions Epoxy Resin is rated a high 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon, showing the popularity of this product.
Keep in mind, though, that this epoxy is not resistant to high heat. Therefore, caution needs to be exercised by using coasters and hot pads.
- Viscosity. Low
- Working Time. The working time for Incredible Solutions epoxy resin is 25 minutes, give or take 5 minutes. For this reason, it may not be the best epoxy resin for your art project if you are a first-timer.
- Finish. This product is well-known for its clear finish, making it perfect for anything from topcoats to artwork to wood projects. Not only is the finish transparent and glossy, but it is also extremely durable.
- UV Protection. The Incredible Solutions epoxy resin is UV resistant and will save your resin product from yellow discoloration over time.
- Affordability. You will not have to break the bank with this epoxy resin. You get a hefty amount of epoxy resin for a very affordable price, saving you some big bucks.
- Toxicity. This product is rated 0% for the presence of VOCs, making it safe to use for you and your friends and family.
This Stone Coat Countertops epoxy resin is as versatile a product as they come. It can be used with alcohol inks, oil-based paint, acrylics, and so much more. The ArtCoat line of epoxy resin is StoneCoat’s higher quality art resin. As a result, it comes at a higher price than their CraftCoat Epoxy Resin line. In this case, however, you get what you pay for. This epoxy resin never disappoints, coming through for me in every new project I attempt.
With Stone Coat Countertops, not only will you get an excellent product but dedicated customer service as well.
It is not just us that love this product. In fact, the product has an impressive 4.7 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon. It is also listed as an Amazon Choice product, further lending to its credibility.
- Viscosity. Medium This epoxy resin has a thick consistency which means you may have to spend a little time and effort on spreading the resin.
- Working Time. Do not dread the thick consistency of this product. It may be thick but the super long working time means you will be in no rush and will have a stress-free time finishing your art project. 45-60 minutes of working time, at the recommended temperature.
- Finish. This epoxy will provide you with a glasslike and sturdy finish.
- UV Protection. UV inhibitors are a part of this epoxy formula for a longer-lasting and clearer coat.
- Affordability. This product loses some points on the affordability scale as the price point is a little higher than usual. However, considering its many benefits such as heat resistance, UV protection, high-quality finish, non-toxicity, and incredible versatility, this is a worthwhile purchase for those who can afford to make this purchase.
- Toxicity. The VOC level is zero in this epoxy, making it safe to work with or in case accidental contact takes place.
Note: Stone Coat also offers another line specifically for countertops, that works well for art projects as well. Check out StoneCoat Countertops Countertop Epoxy. For some great epoxy countertop ideas, check out the StoneCoat Countertops YouTube channel. Also, check out our Epoxy Resin Marble Countertop Tutorial using Stone Coat Countertops Epoxy Resin:
Our top 15 list of best epoxy resin for art projects contains another Stone Coat Countertops product, this one more popular than the previous one. Having tried all of the products on our recommended list, this is one we order repeatedly, as it is affordable and does not disappoint in all other categories.
This Stone Coat Countertops epoxy resin has over 800 ratings and is another Amazon’s Choice product.
This is our top pick for a budget-friendly epoxy resin for beginners to mess around with. This is the perfect epoxy kit for newbies to learn how to mix, pour, color, and work with epoxy resin. However, this would not be a proper epoxy resin for an advanced epoxy resin artist who wishes to sell her work, as it does not rank highly in the longevity categories, like UV protection and maintaining a glossy surface.
Since this product is made for practicing epoxy techniques, it may not produce long-lasting, heat-resistant, or scratch-resistant projects.
- Viscosity. Low
- Working Time. 45-60 minutes working time, at the recommended temperature
- Finish. The projects created as a result of this epoxy have a high gloss finish. Despite being low-cost, it still provides a transparent finish for which it scores extra points on our ranking scale.
- UV Protection. It is not UV protected because this product is not formulated for professional artists. However, for beginners, attempting epoxy resin art projects they will store indoors, a product lacking UV protection may be a good option since it is so affordably priced.
- Affordability. This epoxy resin ranks a perfect score in terms of affordability. You get more than enough product volume for a cheap price.
- Toxicity. This epoxy resin is safe to use and approved by the USDA. You can work comfortably without worrying about experiencing any harmful side effects from the product.
Upstart is an eco-friendly brand, providing you with the best products while putting your safety first. Their marketing has been fantastic, especially on Instagram, which is a great place to find ideas for projects to try with your epoxy resin for art projects.
- Viscosity. Low. Upstart epoxy resin is not highly viscous, making it easy to work with even with multiple layers.
- Working Time. Beginner-friendly epoxy with a working time of 35-45 minutes.
- Finish. Upstart uses nano-crystal technology to produce a finish that is not only clear and ultra-glossy but also, water and scratchproof.
- UV Protection. This formula contains HALS that protect against yellowing and shine loss of the project.
- Affordability. This epoxy resin loses points in the affordability category as it is priced heavily. While the product does provide value for money, the high price point means it is not accessible for everyone. Moreover, beginners – who are more prone to making errors and are still in the learning process – should not risk buying it. If this product’s price point is lowered, it will receive a Gold-Leafed Spoon Award, as it is one of our favorite Epoxy Resins for Art Projects.
- Toxicity. This epoxy resin fully checks out on the toxicity scale as it is a certified non-toxic product.
If you are looking for an all-in-one convenient epoxy resin kit for your art project, Dr. Crafty’s clear epoxy resin is the way to go.
With over 12,000 ratings and an impressive Amazon rating of 4.4, this brand is a cult favorite among resin hobbyists.
- Viscosity. Low
- Working Time. It is easy to use and has a great working time of 45 minutes at room temperature. Work with ease!
- Finish. The product leaves a glossy and transparent finish. Make sure to follow the instructions given on the package carefully to avoid ending up with a subpar-looking product. Many users have had issues with the product not curing as hard as they would have liked. This is usually due to mixing errors but could be caused by an old product being shipped, or some other formulation issue. Therefore, this product loses points in this category.
- UV Protection. UV stable, this formula is resistant to yellowing so you don’t have to worry about your crystal-clear epoxy getting ruined.
- Affordability- Very affordable for the amount of epoxy resin you receive, as well as the high quality of the product.
- Toxicity. The product is non-toxic and safe to use.
- For further product info, check out the Dr. Crafty Product Manual.
TotalBoat’s Makerpoxy is a professional-grade product epoxy resin for art projects. Different applications include wall art, tabletops, countertops, river tables, coffee tables, paintings, and more.
It mixes easily with pigment powders, inks, and paints. Also, it is a great pick for adding a beautiful finish to wood, plastic, fiberglass, and metal, making this product a fantastic choice of epoxy resin for art projects.
- Viscosity. Medium.
- Working Time. The TotalBoat epoxy has a long working time of 60 minutes, meaning it is great for beginners or pros working on large projects.
- Finish. TotalBoat Makerpoxy cures to a clear, shiny finish. Cloudiness is never an issue with this product.
- UV Protection. The formula includes anti-yellowing protection from UV light. It is suggested to use clear varnish or urethane for added UV light protection. For this reason, Makerpoxy loses one point in this category.
- Affordability. This product has an average price for epoxies of this quality.
- Toxicity. This product allows you to make products that are safe for food contact as this epoxy formula is BPA-free and food-safe. However, some have complained of an odor.
11. Extreme Resin
Extreme Resin is a favorite amongst resin artists and hobbyists and boasts a loyal customer base with people swearing by their epoxy. The company stands by its promise to deliver a quality product by offering returns if the customer is not satisfied with the product.
ExtremeResin Epoxy Resin for art is touted for its ease of use, durability, versatility, and self-leveling properties.
- Viscosity. This is a low-viscosity product which makes it very convenient to use. The mix ratio of 1:1 also contributes to its beginner-friendliness.
- Working Time. You will have 45 minutes of work time with this resin, giving you plenty of freedom to build a beautiful art piece.
- Finish. If there is one thing Extreme Resin epoxy is known for, it is its crystal-clear and rock-hard finish. Mix in whatever you want and expect a perfect finish every time. You can’t go wrong with this one!
- UV Protection. This epoxy loses some points in the UV protection category as it does not have the most effective UV-resistant formula. However, it is still a great product to work with for indoor projects.
- Affordability. This product is affordable for resin artists, especially beginners looking to experiment.
- Toxicity. No VOCs in this product whatsoever, scoring high points in this category. Also does not have an odor and is non-flammable.
Colorberry is a German-owned company that supplies high-quality epoxy. Produced by Mrs. Colorberry herself, the O.G. of epoxy resin art, this was an easy addition to the best epoxy resin for art projects list. Ranking an impressive 4.4 out of 5 stars, let’s take a look at what this product has to offer. This epoxy resin is ideal for geode, abstract, and ocean art pieces.
- Viscosity. High
- Working Time. This epoxy resin has a significant working time of about 45 minutes, making it best for beginners to work comfortably and without any hurries.
- Finish. The product creates an exquisite transparent finish. You can work with pigments, inks, dyes, ornaments, and other fun stuff and still get a beautiful finish no matter what.
- UV Protection. Includes high-quality UV protection.
- Affordability. This product is manufactured in Germany, so it is a bit pricey when buying to be shipped to the US and other countries. We can promise, h however, this product is worth the extra cost if you are searching for a high-quality high viscosity epoxy resin for art. This is the only category that this resin lost points in. If it were available for a lower price in the U.S. and Canada, it would have received our Gold-Leafed Spoon Award.
- Toxicity. Low Odor and Nonylphenol Free Epoxy Resin.
This NicPro epoxy resin kit comes with a lot more than just the epoxy and hardener. It includes a spreader, graduated cups, a pair of gloves, a tablecloth, and much more, making it a great one-stop solution for your resin art needs. This is a product we could not leave off of the best epoxy resin for art projects list. Check out NicPro’s epoxy resin colorants on Amazon, for some great pigments options.
It is a multi-purpose product, allowing you to make jewelry, paintings, drawings, castings, tabletops, and other resin artwork.
- Viscosity. Low
- Working Time. The open time for this product is 30 minutes, which is not the longest on the list, but you should not feel rushed if you prepare your project well.
- Finish. This product ranks perfect on the clear finish scale as it creates a perfectly transparent finish.
- UV Protection. The formula has UV stabilizers, as well as other additives, to minimize stains and discoloration.
- Affordability. This is an affordable choice for epoxy resin for an art project, especially considering its longevity, usability, and the quantity you receive.
- Toxicity. It is non-toxic and food-safe, making it suitable for kitchen use.
SuperClear is another popular brand in the world of epoxy resin art, and it is no surprise that it made our top 15 best epoxy resin for art projects list. This brand has been serving the epoxy needs of hobbyists and pros for over 60 years, making some of the best epoxies in the industry.
This SuperClear epoxy product has over 2000 ratings and reviews with beginners swearing by its ease of use.
- Viscosity. This is a low-viscosity epoxy which makes it very easy to mix and work with for beginners.
- Working Time. It loses points for working time since it starts to thicken relatively quickly. The product is mass-dependent which means the more product you mix, the faster it will cure, and the lower working time you will have.
- Finish. This product gives you a crystal clear finish. You can mix in pigments, inks, and dyes without affecting the clarity or sheen of the final product.
- UV Protection. SuperClear epoxy resin is made with high-quality UV resisting ingredients so you don’t have to worry about your resin artwork going yellow over time.
- Affordability. This product won’t break the bank. The product is priced extremely fair for its high quality.
- Toxicity. The epoxy resin for art projects is food-safe once it has been cured.
Pro Marine Supplies was created by a boat repair company when they realized the demand for high-quality epoxy resin products. They produce premium quality epoxy resins that can be used for finishing touches on a boat or for your DIY art projects. In fact, this company is one of the most well-known for providing epoxy resin for art projects.
They supply a wide range of kit sizes, keeping everyone’s individual needs in mind. Moreover, the product is extremely versatile with applications including photography, woodwork, jewelry, coasters, paintings, and finishes much more. Note, the Art Resin is only recommended for pours of 1/4 inch or less thick. If you are trying to encapsulate an object or do a deeper pour, check out ProMarine Supplies Table Top Epoxy.
Despite the relatively high price, their products are well-loved by art enthusiasts and have garnered well over 800 reviews and ratings from satisfied customers.
- Viscosity. This Pro Marine Supplies epoxy resin has a thicker consistency, measuring from medium to high viscosity depending on the temperature of the room.
- Working Time. Due to its high viscosity, the working time for this epoxy is very short with about 15-20 minutes, making it a less suitable choice for beginners.
- Finish. The finish from this epoxy resin is super crisp, shiny, and clear. It is also self-leveling.
- UV Protection. Pro Marine Supplies’ Epoxy Resin formula includes ingredients that protect against damage from UV light sources.
- Affordability. Owing to its high-quality formula that has self-leveling properties, strong UV protection, and versatility, the product is priced affordably. It is perfectly suited for DIY enthusiasts who have prior experience working with resin.
- Toxicity. You can create food trays, coasters, tumblers, and glassware without any stress, thanks to the food-safe ingredients used in this epoxy.
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