Using epoxy resin for painting is the my favorite way to use epoxy resin. I started buying epoxy resin for painting at my local arts and craft stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. The only product I could find at these stores was Envirotex Lite Epoxy Resin. Recently, craft stores are stocking more brands of epoxy resin for art, but you still pay a premium for buying instore and the options are no where near as vast as they are when purchasing online.
There are two main ways to use epoxy resin for painting. First, it can be used to do the actual painting, mixing a multitude of mediums with the resin to create beautiful, colorful effects on a canvas. Second, epoxy resin can be used to seal and create a smooth, transparent, glasslike top coat over a painting.
For resin paintings and wall art, an epoxy resin artist looks for an epoxy resin for art that has a high viscosity. The thicker the resin, the better the effects will be in the painting. Also, the higher viscosity ensures the colors used do not mix together too much, making a brown mess of resin. A high viscosity ke the epoxy resin from completely running off the edges of your painting. This is especially important for resin artists attempting to add a top coat or dome effect to their resin art painting.
The best epoxy resin for painting has a highly effective UV filter to prevent yellowing after exposure to UV light.
With regard to working/cure time, the best epoxy resin for paintings will have a longer working and cure time. Some epoxy resins for art have a working time up to 60 minutes, which is great. However, other epoxy resins, although they claim to be for art, will start to cure within 20 minutes of mixing, which does not give the resin artist much time for creating. A longer working time is fantastic for resin artists looking to create resin paintings, allowing more time for manipulation of the epoxy resin before it starts to harden or cure. During the working time, a resin artist can create awesome effects and play with different color combinations.
As always, we want an epoxy resin for art that is low in toxicity and budget friendly!
To sum it all up, the best epoxy resin for painting
Mas ArtPro Epoxy resin is number one on our list for the best epoxy resin for paintings. Here’s why:
For a more detailed look at what products are best to purchase for each of your resin art projects, check out Best Epoxy Resin For Art Projects–Everything You Need To Know.