Geode Resin Art: All That Glitters is Geode
Sometimes we find inspiration in something that’s a little more down to earth. This time around, we mean that quite literally, with the dazzling techniques implemented in geode resin art. This crafty crystalline process can be as basic or as complex as you want, mimicking both the spontaneity and unexpected order that we see in nature! Artists have sought out and used a variety of tools and mediums to achieve their inspired geode resin art masterpieces.
Let’s first talk about what geodes are and how their unique structures, which serve as such a huge source of inspiration for resin crafters, are formed.
Geodes and Their Structure
Geodes are hollow rock formations that contain cavities lined with crystals and other minerals. When a cavity is formed in a rock, which can happen for a variety of reasons, minerals like quartz and agate can build up and crystalize inside the cavity.
This process results in a layered intricate structure of minerals of all kinds; it’s a masterpiece of Mother Nature that many seek to imitate with their art. It’s no surprise that many creators find geodes and their structure inspiring, as they can also be a rainbow of colors and textures. The fact that they exist in so many forms means that their inspiration lends itself to artistic versatility.
Geode Resin Art Versatility
One of the most common geode resin projects we see is geode wall art. To create a piece like this, artists typically start with a canvas or a hollow geode blank, apply resin in the colors of their choice, allow the piece time to cure, and then hang, sell, or gift their artwork. However, resin geode wall art is not the only thing you can create when you have an understanding of the basics. You can take simple coasters, trays, and even furniture and build off of them to create works that resemble the full splendor of these natural formations.
Tips for How to Make Geode Resin Art
Our ProArt epoxy resin is a fantastic product to use in geode resin art applications. It’s easy to use and leaves a crystal-clear finish that is both smooth and durable. You can combine it with colorants like our Pro Mica Powder or alcohol inks and glitter to build layers that shine and shimmer reflecting the way that minerals and crystals form in geodes.
Some people take the process one step further and adhere craft crystal pieces to their art to give it a three-dimensional appearance and add more sparkle. Aside from simulating the layering effect of geodes through colored resin, people often incorporate items like pebbles, craft stones, gems, aquarium marbles, and more.
By utilizing a combination of paints, resin, glitter, powders, and crystals, you can create your own unique interpretation of these organic compositions. As far as designs go, there’s no real right answer. Make something using your favorite color combination or let your imagination take over.
Now we’ll discuss some things to keep in mind when approaching your project, including some best practices for working with resin.
Working with Resin
Whether you’re new to working with resin or a seasoned professional, it’s always important to set yourself up for a safe and successful project! When working with resin, we recommend wearing appropriate PPE gear such as safety glasses and gloves. Make sure that your workspace is well-ventilated and has quality airflow.
Molds versus Crystal Pieces
As we’ve mentioned, many artists have used a variety of tips and tricks to see their artistic endeavors completed. Whether you’re just starting out or have been using epoxy resin for a while, we want you to succeed and have several pieces of advice that we think might be helpful! First, let’s talk about casting your own resin crystals versus purchasing some.
Online there are crystal molds of all kinds of shapes and sizes that you can use to cast your own crystal pieces to adhere to your work. Although purchasing bulk craft crystals will save you some time, casting your own crystals with resin will allow you the opportunity to customize them to suit your vision. These molds are often made out of silicone, which is a perfect material for working with resin because they don’t stick to each other.
However, casting your own crystals will add on some more time to the creation process. Since you’ll likely be making these crystals out of resin, you’ll have to wait until the resin has fully cured before removing the pieces and sticking them to your resin art.
We reiterate, there is no perfect way to approach geode resin art, so you may have to find out which methods work best for you. One way you might differ from another artist would be in deciding whether or not you want to plan your design ahead of time. If you like to plan ahead, it may help you to make a sketch or even some markings on whatever you're putting your geode resin art on.
Blending Your Layers
After you've poured your resin, you can use a hairdryer before it's dry to push it around, which will allow you to build distinct, yet natural-looking veins of color throughout your piece. This is how many people achieve that marbled stone appearance. In addition, you can use tools like toothpicks and popsicle sticks to swirl the different layers of resin together to help your piece look more cohesive.
Geode Resin Art Inspiration
What inspires you? For us, seeing the artwork that others bring to the table encourages us to try new things and reach new heights with our resin crafting.
Every geode that you find in nature is unique, just like the works made in the resin artist communities. Take a look at the diversity of artwork below to see how those creators incorporate colors and a variety of crafty tools to make their geode resin art.
@laserpic incorporates a variety of techniques in this textured piece—and the pearls are particularly elegant!
@talkingthyme puts together function and flair with this geode tray, which also serves to display jewelry.
Talk to Us at ProMarine Supplies
Do you have any questions about creating geode resin pieces or resin in general? You can bring any inquiries about our products or related projects to our Contact Us page. Additionally, we have an FAQs section that you can also consult and a library of videos to inspire.
Although we don’t currently have a tutorial focused on just geode resin art, we do have one about this technique implemented on a mirror for further guidance.
Feel free to share any of your creations with us on our ProMarine Supplies social media sites. We look forward to it!
As always, happy crafting!