The creative process: turning my ideas into resin art
As a resin artist I turn ideas and dreams of the Cornish coastal landscapes into beautiful pieces of art. Every single one of my artworks is unique and starts with an idea, which then turns into a plan.
And finally, after many layers have been poured and I’ve waited patiently as they set, I have a finished product: a truly unique piece of art.
I’m often asked how resin art works, what the process is behind my artwork and what technique is involved. So, I hope this blog post answers some of your questions as I take you through my creative process of turning my ideas into resin art.
The first step in creating resin art is coming up with an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but for me, it often comes from nature, the ocean, and the sky.
I use my imagination to visualise what I want to create, and then I sketch it out on paper. I then think about the colours and shades (usually blues) that I want to use and the type of resin I need to achieve my desired effect.
Once I have an idea in mind, I start planning. I gather all the materials I need, such as resin, pigments, mixing cups, and stirrers. I then decide on the canvas size and prepare it accordingly. I create all sizes of resin art, from smalerl artworks for small spaces to large-form pieces at more than a metre-squared, that are perfect for atrium and lobby spaces where drama or impact are required.
And blue pairs well with other contemporary colors such as white, gray, and beige, making it easy to incorporate into any design style. Blue can also create a sense of spaciousness in a room, so it’s an excellent choice for smaller spaces.
Mixing The Resin
Mixing the resin is a crucial step in the creative process. I carefully measure out the resin and hardener and mix them together thoroughly. I then add the pigments to create the colors of my imagination.
This step requires patience and attention to detail, as any mistake can ruin the entire piece.
Pouring the Resin
Once the resin is mixed, I pour it across my canvas. I use a heat gun to remove any air bubbles and to create different textures and effects.
This is the stage where I add any additional materials, such as luminescence or glitter, which enhance the finished piece. But I do not embed objects, large pieces of glitter or shells into the seascapes – to be honest I think they have more impact with just the layers of colour.
The choice of colour and what materials I use to make a three-dimensional beachcape are where my creativity truly shines. Every day is creative and I often delay the finished result because I’m experimenting with different techniques and effects as I work.
Curing and Finishing
The final step in the creative process is to let the resin cure for at least 24 hours. Once it is fully cured (hardended), I sand it down to create a smooth surface. I then add a final layer of resin to protect the piece and give it a glossy finish.
The result is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of resin art that I am truly proud of.
This creative process is a journey that requires patience, attention to detail, and imagination. From the initial idea to the finished product, every step is essential to creating a beautiful piece of art. My creativity guides me, and I’m not afraid to experiment with different colours, textures, and techniques.