Pour paintings are prized for their loose, flowy look—and treasured by new artists who are looking to get a little more color up on their walls. To protect their prized pieces, many artists turn to low viscosity epoxy resins, which are thin and easy to pour. However, if this is the first time you have used epoxy, there are a few things to remember.
1. Have Enough On Hand
With the right epoxy resin, you can coat your entire canvas in a resin that is as shiny as glass. Unfortunately, if you don't have enough on hand, you may find yourself waiting for some to set up while you scramble to look for more to cover that last corner. As a result, your art piece could look uneven or strange, which is why it pays to stock up on epoxy beforehand.
Epoxy should last as long as it isn't mixed together, so don't be shy about buying more than you need before you start your project. Instead, keep the chemicals separate and only start mixing and pouring when you have a good handle on how much you need.
2. Follow the Directions Carefully
Two-part epoxies come with a resin and a hardener. Too much resin in your mix will leave the finish tacky and unset, while too much hardener could mean you don't have much time (or any time for that matter) to mix and pour your resin.
To avoid these problems, always follow the mixing directions carefully, with a special focus on measuring each part of the mix. As you move through the process, be mindful that you are working against the clock as soon as the hardener hits the resin, and that moving too slowly could skew your results.
3. Use Heat to Burst Bubbles
After you have poured the resin with the hardener on your canvas, smooth out any bubbles that may form and rise to the top with a blow dryer, heat gun, or blow torch. This step, while nerve-wracking, will result in a glass-like shine, and prevent bubbles from muddling your work. As you move the heat gun, torch, or blow dryer over the top of the artwork, use smooth, even strokes and avoid getting too close to the canvas, as you won't want to accidentally knick the surface of the epoxy.
If you are thinking about creating some gorgeous art, turn to your local art supply shop to find all of the supplies you need. In addition to stocking up on paints, pigments, and other excellent mediums, you can also become inspired by cool canvases, different art tools, and any art the store may have on display.