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Resin vs. Clear Acrylic

October 11, 2010

Since my most recent few days have involved catching up on the art business rather than doing art, I can at least share with you some of my most recent fun discoveries.

Fearless Resin
If you’ve ever thought you might like to try working with resin, but it sounds scary or too mysterious, this video from Interweave might reassure you. I’d like to try it myself, but only for a final coat on paintings. I think this product might be cost prohibitive and best used for small projects. But still, I like that it’s billed as non-toxic:

I really have been thinking about using resin on my paintings, as shown in the following video. But to date I’ve just been using acrylic Self-Leveling Clear Gel as a final coat. It works great for me, and I even like when it’s uneven in places, creating another level of texture. My pieces are usually not completely glossy, even if I use the clear gel, which dries very shiny, because I then go back over it with a satiny mix of gloss and matte medium. I do like the depth that the clear coat gives my work, but have not committed to the full gloss yet. I am rather partial to the richness of a slight hint of sheen, as one might see on a piece of polished wood.

But here’s the resin video for you to at least get an idea of what’s involved. The main thing that keeps me from doing it are the many precautions that should be taken with respect to the fumes.

And finally, here is a great discussion with a representative of Golden Paints regarding the positives and negatives of resin vs. clear acrylic.

What has been your experience using resin? What about self-leveling clear gel?

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2010 9:20 pm

    I have never used resin …because I was sacred to …but you have opened the pandora’s box and I am willing and able to experiment with my rusty bits and pieces. I saved this first video for future reference…thank you for all you have shared! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. October 11, 2010 9:23 pm

    Me too, Mary Helen. It’s one of those things I’m sure I’ll eventually experiment with, mainly because that’s how I am. Gotta try it all! 🙂

  3. October 12, 2010 10:05 am

    well — it seems very artificial to me, very suffocated, I mean, the life of the painting is caught under a glazing cover which may preserve it, but in a way it may kill the painting.

    • October 12, 2010 10:15 am

      Eva, that is a very good point. Some surfaces need to breathe and be appreciated for their textures.

  4. October 13, 2010 12:08 pm

    I once used “Cast ‘n Craft” resin ( I believe it’s polyester) to cast slabs which I mounted flush over a series of paintings. I found I didn’t have to cast directly on the paintings to get the effect of depth I was looking for. Unfortunately I think the slabs have yellowed a bit over time (since ’97). I love resin, but wish I could use cast glass instead, for longevity. But the learning curve on that is a little steeper! Thanks for the video link, I enjoyed it and may be inspired use my resin to do some smaller projects.

    • October 13, 2010 2:11 pm

      Sounds interesting, Kathy. And yes, I’m thinking that resin will eventually yellow some no matter what kind it is. But maybe for smaller and more decorative projects it might be fine.

    • February 29, 2012 4:33 pm

      Nick, I’m not sure what type of resin the fish artist is using. But there are several types available for application over acrylic paint. The one in this video is called ArtResin. I haven’t tried it yet but probably will.


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