It is so easy, you will never look back! Guaranteed cells every time you swipe.
Some resin artists prefer a bit of texture in their final resin art pieces. Therefore, any pock marks created by the silicone oil interacting with the epoxy resin, add to what the artist wanted to ultimately achieve.
However, there are many out there who prefer a nice, smooth finish on their resin art pieces. Do not worry! We have an easy fix that will allow you to use this awesome swipe method and still end up with a smooth final resin piece.
If you prefer a smooth finish, use less silicone. If you still find your finished piece is not quite up to snuff, a quick flood coat will solve the problem.
I’m telling you, even if you end up having to fix unwanted texture, the sheer number of cells created using this resin swipe method will make it all worthwhile!
This step should be completed before the first resin layer has cured completely. This is to avoid any unnecessary sanding between coats. Check the cure times for your specific epoxy product, but usually epoxy art resins reach the halfway cured mark between 6-8 hours. You should at least test how far along in the curing process your piece is around the six hour mark.
You can tell your resin is ready for this step if it has stopped dripping, but is still tacky to the touch. So, if you tilt your paionting, the resin should not move. When you touch the resin, it should stay in place, but still feel sticky like you just ate a caramel apple and have not had a chance to wash your hands yet!
9. (Continued) How to Pour A Flood Coat
a. Using isopropyl alcohol, wipe down your canvas to rid it of any excess silicone oil.
b. Mix up your epoxy resin according to the directions on your bottle.
c. Pour the resin directly in the center of your resin swipe art piece and slowly work the resin out to cover all the edges of the piece.
TIP: A silicone spatula works great for flood coating a painting. I use this one. These silicone spatulas make clean up a breeze because the epoxy resin, once dried, peels right off of the silicone. (Trust us, it is almost as satisfying as dumping a bottle of Elmer’s Glue onto your hand, waiting for it to dry, and peeling it off…. Yeah, don’t deny it! We all did it at some point!)
If you want to be really prepared and ensure an easy clean up from your resin art projects, we recommend purchasing a silicone craft mat. We have narrowed down the best, most affordable mats on the market in Best Silicone Craft Mats For Resin Art.
You can thank us later! 🙂
That is it! Can you believe it? It really is an easy method to get a tone of cells in your resin art. Good luck and we would love to hear how your resin art pieces turned out!
I am relatively new to resin art and the swipe technique has taken me a while to learn. It always looks easier than it actually is, but some of the resin swipe ‘greats’ on YouTube, including Artist Till Death, Moonkusser Art, Mixed Media Girl, Sue Findlay, Petra Jongbloed, JOTZ designs have inspired me to keep at it.
I have yet to see another resin artist use the specific method of applying silicone oil directly to the swipe tool. Most artists use Resi-Blast, mix silicone oil into the resin, or sprinkle silicone oil on top of the resin after a swipe.
These methods also create beautiful results, but we are always looking to find different methods to create different effects. I thought this one was worth sharing.
I love the subtle patterns this method creates and I hope I can inspire others to try a resin swipe painting!
If you are like me, you have experimented with the swipe technique on acrylic pours. For some reason, resin swipes are more complicated, requiring more patience and practice! It is all worth it in the end though.
Thanks again to all the wonderful YouTube resin artists I watch on the daily.
If interested in any of the materials/colors I used in the Resin Swipe Video Tutorial, here they are:
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