It seems that a lot of artists are interested in using resin with alcohol inks in their art these days. From resin top coats on paintings, flowing colored resin on a hard surface to make abstract art, to using molds to create resin shapes with interesting patterns created by the combination with alcohol ink, the possibilities are endless.
Intrigued by a resin and alcohol ink “petri” that another artist sent me, I had to experiment. I already had Art Resin brand resin and alcohol inks in the studio, so I ordered silicone molds. I played with molds to make coasters and jewelry pendants. I had to figure out how much resin I would need, how much inks to add to the resin, what colors worked well, and what patterns I could create.
The first batch of coasters were a disaster…too much ink, no great textures and bubbles, yikes! The second batch of three coasters yielded 2 that had what I was looking for. By the third batch, I think I got it.
I was pretty happy with this coaster, but got to thinking, how can I make a great design with the inks in the resin without the dots that appear from the white ink sinking through?
So I did some more research and learned that I could add the white alcohol ink to a small batch of resin ahead of time and used the mixture as opposed to straight ink.
Back to experimenting with success on the first try. When one of my newest alcohol ink art students asked if I taught classes on how to make the resin coasters, which were in my gallery, I was inspired to create a video tutorial. I have no space that is big enough to teach resin, and I am not an expert!