Realistic Ocean Resin Art: Make it yourself!
Interested in making you own realistic ocean resin art? You are in the right place. We have included a video and written tutorial in this article, as well as a complete list of links to products you will need to complete this project on your own. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments you may have in the comments section below. We would love to hear how your project turned out!
Ultimate Ocean Resin Art Video Tutorial
A Beginner's Guide to Creating Realistic Ocean Art With Resin
One of my favorite types of resin art is an ocean piece. I love how realistic the ocean looks when it is created with epoxy resin. I learned this technique watching hundreds of YouTube resin artists’ videos.
Unfortunately, I was not able to find one video that had all the steps laid out for creating an ocean resin art piece. Luckily, I pieced the process together using many videos from different creators and added some of my own techniques to the process.
I figured it would be nice to have a complete guide to creating Ocean Resin art pieces in one video!
So here you go!
All the supplies you will need are linked below.
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Feel free to screenshot any parts of the video you need and please leave any questions you may have in the comments below! Have fun and can’t wait to hear how your ocean Resin art pieces turned out.
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Here are detailed directions to create you very own Ocean Resin Art piece, as well as a list of materials, (each with a link) of all the products you will need to create your own resin art.
1. Ocean Resin Art Step One: Prepare Canvas(-es) (Day One)
Step One Materials: Preparation Materials
Acrylic Paint Set (this set has three perfect shades of blue for ocean pieces)
Fine Beach Sand (TIP: use kinetic sand for the best results. It is easier to mold and mixes really well with epoxy resin!)
Step One Instructions:
a. Pick a canvas size, out of either MDF board or Birch wood, and purchase.
b. Mix Epoxy Resin according to instructions on the bottle.
c. Mix sand into mixed resin. This should be a very thick consistency. Spread sand and resin mixture onto your canvas in the area you would like your beach to be.
d. Using three shades of blue acrylic paint, paint the water area of the canvas. Blending all three blue shades together, gradually, start with the lightest color closest to the beach and the darkest blue furthest away from the beach.
e. Let your canvas dry overnight.
Here is a picture of what your canvas should look like after you have finished Step One:
2. Ocean Resin Art Step Two: Mix Epoxy Resin and Add Color Mediums (The Next Day)
Step Two Materials:
- Transparent Blue Color Mediums (Note: You only need three shades of blue transparent color mediums. You can pick form any of the recommendations below. It is okay to mix different types of mediums, such as using a blue food coloring, a blue India ink, and a blue alcohol ink for your three shades. It is also okay to use three of the same mediums, such as three different shades of blue food coloring.)
- Blue Bombay India ink
- Blue Alcohol Inks (This is an affordable set of alcohol inks with plenty of shade of blue to play around with.)
- Castin’ Craft Blue Transparent Dye
- McCormick’s Food Coloring:(This kit only has one shade of blue, see below for more blue food coloring options.)
- Wilton Icing Colors (This kit has two shades of blue.)
- White Opaque Color Mediums (Note: You will only need one opaque white color medium. You can pick from any of the recommendations below. I have used each one of these mediums and they all create gorgeous waves!)
- Glitter/Sparkle Mediums (Note: This is optional. You will only need this if you wish to add more sparkle into the water part of your piece.)
- Epoxy Resin (Note: You only need one of thee epoxy resins. These are my top three recommendations for ocean resin art pieces at the moment. See the video for more details.)
Step Two Instructions:
a. Mix Epoxy Resin according to instructions on the bottle.
c. Mix three of your cups with three different shades of blue transparent color mediums. (See some options for these mediums above in the materials list.)
d. Optional Step: If you would like to add a glitter medium to make your water look sparkly, like the sun is reflecting off the surface, then add your glitter medium to these cups of resin.)
Here is a more detailed image:
3. Ocean Resin Art Step Three: Pour Resin Onto Canvas
a. Pour your first layer of resin onto the ocean area of your canvas. The lightest transparent blue you mixed goes over the lightest of your blue acrylic paint and the darkest goes over your darkest acrylic paint. (See image below.) Blend these together well for a realistic ocean look.
b. Next, pour a thin layer of white colored resin across your canvas in the area that you would like your first wave break. (See image below)
c. Pour a line of clear resin on either side of your white resin.
d. Use a heat gun or torch lighter to pop all the air bubbles in your resin. Lightly expose the heat source of your choice to your canvas. Pass the heat gun or torch over the resin, careful not to get closer than a couple of inches from the canvas. It does not take much heat to pull the air bubbles out of the resin and pop them.
4. Ocean Resin Art Step Four: Making Realistic Waves
a. Run a heat gun or torch over the white and clear resin you just poured in the previous step, just enough to heat it up a bit, allowing for more movement over the other resin on your canvas.
b. Using your heat gun or a blow-dryer, push the white resin over the clear resin. You will see lacing start to form if you have used any of the white pigment materials we recommended above. Careful not to overdo this step. You just need to push the white resin a little to create your wave break. You can experiment with pushing your pigment in different directions, toward the beach, as well as away from the beach in different areas of your wave.
c. Pour your next white resin line in the area you want your second wave to break and repeat Step three.
d. Repeat step four until you have as many wave breaks as you like. (We did three in this piece.)
e. Let dry for six hours, or half the time it takes the epoxy resin brand you are using to cure. This is very important. If you wait too long, you will have to sand down the first layer of epoxy resin before applying the next layer and this can be big pain in the butt!
5. Ocean Resin Art Step Five: Resin Layer Two (Approximately 6 hours later)
a. After a partial cure, mix up some more epoxy resin. Mix some white pigment into about a fourth of the resin you mixed up. The rest of the resin should stay clear.
b. Repeat Steps 3a-4e, adding wave breaks in the same areas you put your first layer down. You don’t want the lines to be identical, but they should overlap. This creates depth. Here is an example of what I mean:
Adding second layer of white:
Pushing white over clear on second layer:
c. Let dry for six hours. (or half the cure time)
6. Ocean Resin Art Step 6: Flood Coat (Approximately 6 hours later)
a. Mix another batch of epoxy resin.
b. Pour resin onto the center of the canvas and spread it out to the edges with a silicone spatula or Popsicle stick.
c. Make sure epoxy resin is covering the entire water area. (You do not need to coat the beach area.)
d. Let dry overnight. (Tip: Put a box over your work so dust does not blow into the resin while drying.)
Final Ocean Resin Art Piece
Here is how our ocean resin art piece came out! Good luck and we would love to hear how your ocean resin art pieces turned out. Please leave us a comment below and do not forget to share this with your friends on social media! We sure do appreciate you.
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