Updated: Feb 9
With new techniques, have come new forms of art, and with new forms of art, there is a new found creativity as well, in humongous quantities. Some of you might have already seen the clips and snippets of resin art and how satisfying it is, but do you know all you need to know about this creative escape? Let's find out!
WHAT EXACTLY IS RESIN?
Resin is basically a thick, viscous liquid, which is usually colorless. It can be produced both naturally and synthetically. Resin, depending on the thickness and viscosity, may be solid, semi-liquid or fluid. It is also capable of being transformed into polymers by mechanical techniques.
In natural ways, it is secreted by plants, their branches and vines in response to injury as an external or internal stimulus. It helps them protect themselves from being attacked by pathogens, flies and insects. It is an extremely sticky material which may also be found near the moss on branches and trees.
A common form of resin which is produced by pine and other coniferous trees is Amber. It is also known as fossil resin or Resinite. Plant resin has a lot of benefits and is used widely for making adhesives, gums, varnishes, and many more. The ones that are edible may even be used in food delicacies and as a glaze coat on sweets.
HOW IS RESIN USED IN ART?
Before coming to this, introduction to an extremely necessary item is important for you to know, which is the hardener. Hardener is a very obvious companion when it comes to resin art, and goes along with it all the time. It is used for maintaining and changing the consistency of the fluid accordingly. They are both added in specific ratios depending upon the use, so as to have the exact finishing.
Resin art is done on canvases, glass, marble, stones and wooden panels as well. Fluid art too, is often combined with resin art. Many color pigments are added to resin so as to experiment with the different colors on the canvas and give them a glazing finish. In fluid art, when all the colors are set on the canvas in the abstract pattern, resin is spread over it so as to give clear and luminous look. Infact, any other type of painting, be it acrylic, watercolor or oil paintings, they can be made even more beautiful by giving them a coat of resin.
In resin art, specifically, even three dimensional art can be created by adding little materials here and there created to give the look of the scene you are trying o depict. For example, creating a beach side scenery by using pigmented resin, shells and little human figures made out of clay, stones or ceramics can be added and then coated again with the glaze. Wooden panels are covered with resins in art forms where the gaps between the planks are filled with colors and created into an entirely different look.
ART SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN ART
Resin for art
Sticks for stirring
Basic set of colors
Resin art is something you can never have enough of, with which you can experiment endlessly, and create limitlessly. It is one of the most fun and enjoyable art forms, and is really satisfying, both to the eyes of the viewer and mind of the creator. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your art supplies and be all set for this new experiment!