<u><span class="ql-cursor"></span></u>Welcome! I’m so excited to bring you this fun workshop on using Art Resin to create beautiful geode inspired art. I have a wide variety of projects in this workshop and I cannot wait to see the geodes you end up creating!
Who is this workshop good for? Artists and any creatives – who want to learn how these resin geode art pieces are created.
Your workshop includes over 5 hours of video. This is a little masterclass designed to get you completely comfortable working with the Art Resin chemicals and process. We will start small and work our way up to larger projects. I do 11 different pieces, and a couple of scrap pieces with leftover resin, in this workshop to get you super comfortable making a few of these yourself.
In this workshop we will go over the basics and more:
Basic supplies for the workshop:
Art Resin or Resin of your choice
Heat gun or torch
Silicone in tube and caulk gun to make your molds
Waxpaper/palette paper/or parchment paper
Craft sticksSmall disposable cups
Various acrylic paints, powders, and glitters
Optional cradled boards
There are a few other supplies in the workshop that are totally optional such as the crushed rocks I use in some of the pieces for that geode authenticity.
This workshop is packed full to really get you comfortable with these techniques.
I want you to share a few of your projects that you attempt. I'd love for you to do the same steps I do in the workshop - start with a few small pieces and then work your way up to some of the larger pieces. I cannot wait to see what pieces you share in class! I have the list of supplies and I have some troubleshooting tips for you below on working with the art resin.
Supplies: (none of the links are affiliate links - just sharing so you can easily find items I am using)
Art Resin – You can get this product as many art stores online and possibly near you. This is a link to the Art Resin site where you can check out what is available and get more information about this product ( https://www.artresin.com/ ). After years of doing resin pours and using many different products that were cheaper from the hardware store. This is now the only product I’ll use and recommend because it was created specifically for art and is the only one on the market rated to not yellow as the cheaper products are prone to do.
Photography tent – This is the tent most like the one I have been using for years to do my resin pours in. It is available in a few different sizes, folds up so you can easily store it, and is a fantastic way to create a clean environment for your pieces to dry without dust dropping on the piece throughout the drying process. What I really love about these is they come in sizes from 12″x12″ up to 60″x60″!! So matter the pieces you are choosing to resin coat – you most likely will be able to find a tent size that would work for you. If doing larger pieces – just make sure you get a tent larger than the art you are doing. This is going to be a bit of trial and error on your part – getting a tent the right size for the pieces you might be interested in doing. Just to give you an idea – the tent I have is 30″x30″ and would be good for doing pieces as big as 18″x18″ – bigger than that and I would struggle with using the tent as you need some extra space in the tent just to workaround.
Heat gun – I’m using a small Embossing Heat Tool in this workshop since I am showing you pours on the smaller boards. If you are doing really large pieces then you might check out a large heat gun – available in the paint dept of most hardware stores. The size and brand aren’t really a big deal on these projects – you will simply be using this heat tool to get rid of the air bubbles in your finish just after you do your resin pour. If you have a blow torch and are comfortable using it – you can also use the blow torch to heat the surface to pop the bubbles. (What you CANNOT use is a blow dryer. They don’t put out enough heat and blow too much air!) Another option is you can forgo using any heat – and if you see any air bubbles in your piece – you can simply blow on the bubbles and they will pop. I also use a Mini Torch in this class some to pop the air bubbles and I really love how easy it is and the safety features on it versus my bit torch! You don’t have to use a torch if you don’t want – a heat gun is enough if you prefer.
Frog Tape – this is the painters' tape I used for taping of the sides and back to prevent drips on our final pieces. It creates a cleaner sharper line than the blue tapes and works fantastic for the resin. You can find this tape at the paint store.
Silicone molds premade – These are the little set of molds on Amazon I’m using in class to make some coasters with leftover resin.
Palette paper – this is the disposable palette art paper I’m using in class if you want to try them out. They come in a variety of sizes and can be found at any art supply store. You can also use kitchen wrap, silicone mats, and I have even seen people use a plastic shower curtain cut to size.
Silicone in a tube – from paint dept at Hardware Store – make sure you get 100% silicone when you go.
Caulk gun – from paint dept at Hardware Store – brand doesn’t matter – just get a cheap one.
Hardboard panel – I’m using a hardboard panel, slightly bigger than my project, for some of the projects to use as a hard surface for my silicone molds – I have the palette paper tapped on top of them so they are covered and will let you remove the geode from the mold. You can use these or a sheet of cardboard which I also used in class for project 2. Makes it easy to get a good surface while you are making your geode pieces. These were also easy to move around when I was ready to put them in my tent to protect them from dust overnight. You can find these at most art supply stores.
Gloves – I recommend you wear some disposable gloves while working with the resin product. It is messy if you get it on you – which I always manage to do a bit – so having gloves on makes it much easier to clean up and keep it off your skin. You can get disposable gloves anywhere they sell medical supplies and usually at the art and paint stores. I got mine from the Home Depot in the paint department.
Wood skewers – I get these from the grocery store. They are the wood sticks you use to make shish kabobs.
Craft sticks – these I use a ton of in class for mixing paints. I love them. You can usually find these in the craft stores pretty easy and you’ll want to get a pack of 2. I got 2 packs of 100 and used about one full pack in class of the jumbo size sticks. The little sticks just seemed too small and I thought would be messier for me.
Crushed or tumbled rock/glass – I am using Ashland Decorative Filler in class from Michale’s. It is a crushed stone type product that you usually find in floral departments in the craft stores. They are used to fill glass jars of floral arrangements.
Paintbrush – I’m using a cheap 1″ brush in the video for acrylic paints
Paint for sides – I’m using small tubes of cheap craft paint in the video – I encourage you to experiment and decide what you’ll want to use to finish off the sides of your pieces. I also used Rub N Buff