Saturday, July 22, 2023

How to Create Resin Art - The Fun but Messy Pulled String Technique

If you've found yourself here, you've probably already seen an abundance of resin art featuring cells, lacey resin, and a plethora of beach-inspired resin art. 

I'm guessing you're looking for something new... something fresh, unique and bursting with creativity. 

Well, guess what? I've got just the thing for you: 

Resin Art with PIZZAZZ!

Let's be real here: working with resin as a painting medium can be quite an adventure! 

Picture this: you pour that freshly mixed resin onto your canvas, and it takes on a life of its own, moving and blending in fascinating ways. It's like watching magic unfold right before your eyes! 

And yes, we know that when you return after 30 minutes, it might not look exactly like the painting you envisioned. Colors might have merged, and those carefully crafted patterns and designs may seem lost.

But fear not! I believe in turning challenges into opportunities. Embrace the fluidity and abstract nature of resin art. Let your imagination run wild as you work with this beautiful characteristic. 

And guess what? The pulled string painting method, loved by many acrylic artists, can be translated into resin too!

If you're truly "over" all the seaside paintings and want to try a different technique, this technique is for you.

Brace yourself for a whole new interpretation of "String Art" with the mesmerizing Pulled String Resin Art technique. It's a chance to create something truly extraordinary and showcase your artistic prowess in a fresh, captivating way.

So come on, dive into the world of resin art! Let's explore possibilities, ignite your creativity, and unveil masterpieces that will leave everyone in awe. Unleash your artistic spirit, embrace the messiness of the technique and you'll enjoy this resin adventure like no other!

A word of warning, though: it's so messy that gloves are essential. But like most things messy, it's fun..... and it's addictive! 

Before embarking on a large resin painting, practice the technique on a small piece first. This tutorial shows you the basics of the process. And then it's over to you... let your imagination create your own unique pulled-string flower painting.

Here's a shopping list of supplies I used:
Castin'Craft Opaque Pigments: Black; White 
Canvas art panel (primed) - use small ones to practice the technique on
wooden stir sticks
BBQ gas lighter

Surface Preparation

I protect my workspace with a painter's drop sheet to catch any resin overflow. Don't skip this step... the process is messy and you need to protect your table.

This one has a paper backing on one side and plastic on the other so it's more substantial than the thin plastic ones. I use it plastic side up because the resin peels off easily once it's cured. 

Before mixing the resin, tape the back of the canvas with painter's tape and elevate the art board on plastic cups so the resin can drip over the sides and onto the workspace below.

Calculate how much resin you'll need to cover the artboard. The instructions included in the coating resin kit will help you work it out. 

For a small canvas, you'll also need 30mls (1oz) of additional resin to create the patterns. 

Measure out Parts A and B in equal quantities totalling these two amounts and mix them following the instructions included in the kit.

Pour approximately 15mls (1/2oz) into each of two small cups. Colour one with black pigment and the other with copper Pearl Ex powder (or the colours of your choice). Colour the remaining resin in the mixing cup with white pigment.

Cover the artboard with white resin and spread it out to the edges.

Pop the bubbles by briefly passing the flame across the resin.

Cut two long pieces of jute and place one in each of the two shot glasses. Coat them completely with resin.

Lay the jute across the canvas in large loops and slowly pull the string downwards, in a straight line, and off the edge of the canvas.

As each loop is pulled straight, it creates a floret. Together, the florets form a flower-like stem in the resin. 

Repeat with the copper resin and the second piece of string. 

Leave the resin to cure for 24 hours.

Once the resin has cured, go ahead and remove the tape, along with the drips, from the back of the canvas. Heating the tape briefly with a craft heat tool will make this easy.

And that's it! The pulled String technique is an easy technique to try in resin. The difficult thing is knowing when you should stop!
Small canvas with black and copper pulled string flower stems on a white background.

For extra detail, try highlighting the tips with gold leaf flakes or add some text that's been printed onto acetate. Let your creativity take over.
Toothpick positioning goldleaf flakes along edges of purple flowers.

Once you've got a handle on the technique, you're ready to move on to a bigger canvas and really have some fun.


Resin art piece featuring a white background with dark purple gladiolus flowers and lime green leaves created using the string-pull technique in resin. The edge of the purple gladiolus is sprinkled with gold leaf flakes.

Happy Resining!

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