Captivating 3D Imagery Using Layered Resin & Acrylic Paints
We live in extraordinary times. While we find ways to be safe and be well – we should also find ways to express and explore our passions - such as 3D resin painting. Silver linings may be found almost anywhere. And one of these is making the effort to expand our horizons - however and wherever we find them – and accepting the time given us as a gift and using it wisely to enhance mind, body & soul…
We here at ProMarine Supplies have tried to be diligent and creative in introducing you, our Epoxy Pros, to new ideas that are innovative and inventive to stoke your passion in all things epoxy resin. Today’s column features a relatively new innovation in art resin – 3D Resin Painting. We’ll explain what it is, examine some techniques and explore some ideas – read on…
3D Resin Art
As an eye-catching, captivating genre, it’s hard to beat the presence of 3D Resin Art or resin painting. As mentioned below by 3D Resin Artist Riusuke Fukahori, the first thing you’ll need is patience! However, if you take your time, and expect and experience a learning curve, you can realize some wonderful artistic results that will grace your décor, and wow your friends and family!
Oft-created 3D resin paintings are aquatic in nature as the crystal-clear results of the epoxy resin and acrylic paint used to design and craft these artworks gives spectacular depth and detail. The imagery looks so real that you could swear these underseas creatures are alive! The 3D resin art layer-by-layer creation process creates this illusion and brings the animals to life.
3D Acrylic Painting by Artist Keng Lye
Layered Resin Painting
The origin of 3D Resin Painting is attributed to Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori who established a technique of layering and pouring resin to create incredibly detailed 3D paintings of goldfish. The illusion of depth is achieved through layers of resin and acrylic paint – a slow and methodical process – but one where the results are worth the effort.
“I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist,” Mr. Fukahori explains in an article titled ‘ New Layered Resin Goldfish Paintings by Riusuke Fukahori’ by Alice Yoo. The author notes that Mr. Fukahori kept his craft a secret for eight years until he felt he had perfected it - before sharing it with others.
Riusuke Fukahori working on one of his 3D Resin Goldfish Paintings
The first thing you’ll need to create realistic 3D resin paintings is patience. The 3D resin art process requires a step-by-step technique – building up layer upon layer of resin and acrylic paint – with drying time in between layers. Diligence, practice and patience (there’s that word again) will enable you to achieve startling results.
Topically, ideas of what to paint run the gamut from geometric shapes that “pop” off the wall, to realistic-looking aquatic creatures that seem to swim right out of the artists tableau. It seems many artisans choose sea creatures - as epoxy resin makes for the perfect aquatic-looking environment – but of course, the options are only limited by one’s imagination…
3D Resin Painting Steps Synopsis:
First - Collect Materials:
- Safety: latex gloves, eye protection, mask
- Application: paint brushes, acrylic paint, container/mold (into which artwork is being created), heat gun/torch (to remove bubbles)
- Mixing: epoxy resin, measuring cups, stir sticks
Next - Measure, Mix& Apply Art Resin:
- Measure the dimensions & volume of container to determine quantity of epoxy resin to mix per 1/8” deep layer – mixing enough for one layer at a time – click HERE for the ProArt Instructional Guide
- Pour mixed epoxy resin into container – tilting to ensure bottom of container is covered
- Remove bubbles with heat gun – moving frequently to avoid material scarring
- Curing at room temperature for at least 8 hours
- Paint first layer of desired artwork on resin coating (easily wiped off & repainted if needed)
- Wipe layer with damp cloth/paper towel once paint is dry to remove smudges, dust, etc.
- Prep & Pour next layer of resin
Repeat steps until container is full and artwork is realized!
Here are some 3D Resin Painting sites we found for ideas with captivating imagery:
The last link even features 3D Resin Art for sale – for the less adventurous who still want to obtain some of this incredible artwork. For the rest of you – you know where to get your epoxy resin…and thank You!
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