Rocky Waters Resin Art, A Step-by-Step Guide

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This resin art project was so much fun!

I purchased rocks at our local Gem and Mineral show last year and I have been wanting to use them in something. I finally decided to “just do it” and I am glad I did!

I enjoyed working on the 12″x9″ cradleboard. It was a sold surface and the resin did not pool to the center of the board like it does with canvas.

I used colors in the design that would accent the rocks I wanted to use. I did not have a plan when I started this piece, I only knew I wanted to use the rocks. It quickly transformed into an ocean scene!

The white color I used was perfect to form the waves. The effect of using heat on the white created soft white waves with dimensional foam.

I wanted to use the chocolate brown color but also a copper color to lighten up the brown. The copper creates a shimmer and pulls everything together.

I added a clear layer of resin which also gives the water a dimensional look.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Resin Art

Before you begin it is important to understand that Resin Art is worked in layers that give a dimensional look that is almost impossible to be duplicated with other mediums. Each layer will require approximately 24 hours to rest and cure between layers. This time frame will differ with each resin manufacturer so it is important to read your manufacturer directions before starting.

  1. Take some time to plan your design. You will be working in layers that require some time to rest and cure. While planning, include the time frame needed that your workspace will be occupied. Also, please consider how heavy your design will be when completed. Resin Art is heavy when completed and this can be a surprise to beginners.
  2. It is important to protect the surface of your table with plastic sheeting or even a plastic trash bag. Ensure there are no holes in it before placing it on your table.
  3. Select the coloring additives you would like to use and place them on the table. Open up the containers and mix them, if needed.
  4. Have some loose paper towels available in an easy to grab location on the table in case of any potential accidents.
  5. Tape the bottom of your creating surface (canvas, cradleboard, plywood, etc.) to help clean up the dried bumps when finished.
  6. Put on your gloves and your respirator. Open any windows, if possible, to assist with ventilation.
  7. Mix your resin according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. If you need assistance with determining how much resin to use, has an Epoxy Resin Calculator that is free to use.
  8. Divide your mixed resin into smaller containers making sure you leave some remaining in your mixing container.
  9. Add the color additive to each container. You will use a very small amount of color: 1-part color to 20 parts resin or less than 5% of the amount of resin in your container.
  10. Mix thoroughly. You will be stirring a lot. Scrape the sides of the container, the bottom of the container, and scrape your stir stick occasionally. Powders can take a little longer to mix so it is important to be patient.
  11. If you are using rocks or gems, place a small amount of clear resin in the areas you want to place them.
  12. Start placing the rocks or gems on top of the clear resin areas and then lightly drizzle with clear resin. This will act as the glue.
  13. Start adding your colored resin around your surface. It is best to get next to any rocks or gems, not on top.
  14. Once you have covered your surface with the resin (colored or clear), make sure your sides are covered.

You will now let your piece rest. After 24 hours, repeat steps 6-13 (as needed). I recorded my process while creating my Rocky Waters piece to give you a visual on how each time works.


What do you think of this piece? Do you like the rock placement and the colors used? What would you do different?

Contact me and let me know! I would like to hear what you think.


I recently became a contributing writer with the website. My first project was to write an article on How to Color or Dye Resin Step-by-Step. This is a beginners tutorial to resin and resin art. Although this was a very lengthy project I thought it was fun. I was able to research more on how to color resin, I learned what I don’t like to use to color resin and I have met some new artists along the way.

I thought it would be fun to create a downloadable guide to accompany the article I created. This guide contains all of the information included in the article and is 14 pages. I have made this a FREE guide available in my market: CLICK HERE!

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