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Make a Splash with Ocean Resin Art

Sep 9th 2021

Make a Splash with Ocean Resin Art

A finished ocean resin art cutting board sitting on top of a granite countertop.

Ocean Resin Art in the Art Community

An admired technique in the epoxy resin art community is the ability to create natural, lifelike waves out of colored epoxy. The skills needed to create resin ocean art can also be applied to a variety of mediums, allowing you to design distinctive pieces that suit your style and needs. Everything from epoxy resin ocean tables to ocean resin cutting boards can be within your reach.

How to Make Resin Ocean Waves

The best projects are the result of having the best tools at your disposal. To follow along and create with this guide, you will need:

  • Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • A cutting board
  • Our ProMarine Table Top Epoxy
  • Measuring and mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Color dyes of your choice (in this tutorial, we used liquid dyes from our friends at Alumilite)
  • A plastic sheet to cover your workspace
  • A level tool
  • A heat gun

The basis of how to make ocean resin art starts with products such our ProMarine Supplies Table Top Epoxy. This 1-to-1 by volume epoxy boasts a clear strong plastic coating, excellent air release qualities, and fast set times!

Before using any epoxy resin products, it's important to familiarize yourself with the instructions beforehand. You may have to work quickly to obtain the desired effect, so understanding how to mix epoxy resin properly is crucial. Also, make sure you're wearing gloves when working with the resin.

After you understand how to mix and work with epoxy resin, you can begin the rest of the process.

You'll need dyes for the epoxy resin in whatever colors you'd like your ocean to be. Be sure to include white for simulating the foam of an ocean's wave to show its natural state of motion. Here you will want to use something like a liquid dye in order to achieve the color saturation in the most efficient way!

Once you've mixed your epoxy resin properly, separate it into multiple cups. Use one for each color, including a cup for just the clear epoxy. Remember to thoroughly stir in your dyes. Further tips for combining color with resin can be found here.

Three cups with dye and epoxy resin mixed in; one is dark blue; one is white and one is lighter blue.

You should prepare your surface for the ocean resin pour ahead of time. Make sure it's clean! You do not want any dirt, dust, grease, or oils present. Also make sure it is propped up and level before applying the epoxy.

A clean cutting board from above, with a level tool on it, showing it is level.

Technically, you can pour the colors in whatever way speaks to you. However, to create a realistic ocean effect, start with the darkest blue as the base to represent the deeper part of the ocean. This dark blue will likely cover the most space of all the colors.

A cutting board partway through the resin ocean art process with the handle and upper board covered in dark blue epoxy.

If the resin drips, clean up the sides of your surface. Then, continue pouring with your next color. Use a lighter blue right alongside the dark blue.

Next to the darker blue layer, a line of lighter blue epoxy resin has been added to the cutting board.

Use another stir stick to blend the edges where the colors meet.

Someone using a stir stick to swirl and blend the edges of the light and dark blue epoxy together.

You can also use the stick to clean up the edges of your project; if you're working on a cutting board or a table.

Now take some of the clear epoxy and pour it on top of the blended edge and the opposite side of the lighter color.

Clear epoxy being applied on the blended edge and on the opposite side of the light blue area.

On top of the epoxy, add a thin layer of the white dye and epoxy resin combination.

Lines of white epoxy are being applied to the blended edge and opposite side where the clear epoxy was added.

You can use your gloved hand to blend the recently applied layers.

A gloved hand blends the additional layers into the edge where the dark and light blue epoxy meet.

Put another line of clear and then white resin across the edges.

Someone applying an additional line of clear and white epoxy to the blended blue edges on the cutting board.

Instead of using your hand, however, it's time to break out the heat gun. Use the heat gun to gently push and blend the epoxy resin for the desired effect. The movement of the air creates an ebb and flow effect that mimics that of waves.

A heat gun is being used to push around the different epoxy resin layers on the cutting board to create a wave effect.

Continue to add as many lines of the clear and white epoxy as you see fit. Use the heat gun until you achieve the perfect sequence of ocean waves!

Another layer of clear and white epoxy in being applied to the lighter blue epoxy area of the cutting board.

A heat gun is used on the epoxy-covered cutting board to create an ocean wave effect.

Once you’re happy with how the waves look, allow the epoxy resin to dry in an environment free of dust and other contaminants. Keep the room temperature at around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and let the resin cure for 72 hours. Your piece will then be finished and ready for display!

An ocean resin wave cutting board is laying on granite countertops.

The Cure for Vitamin Sea Deficiency

More and more, we've seen ocean art expand beyond the limits of traditional canvas and wall art. You can apply this style to make ocean resin coasters and even something as large scale as an ocean resin table and flooring. Transform any space into a trip to the seaside by incorporating the ocean resin technique into your decor. Your home will feel like summer all year round!

Take a look at the variety of ways our customers have used our products to set sail (metaphorically speaking, of course) with their epoxy resin ocean art!

An Epoxy resin ocean art clock by @ej.artistry on Instagram.

@ej.artistry is clocking their vacation time with this tidal timepiece.

A guitar embossed with ocean resin art waves by @colourfluxart on Instagram.

@colourfluxart brings the sound of the ocean to this guitar—and doesn't miss a beat.

Ocean resin art kiteboard by @naked.waves on Instagram.

@naked.waves is ready to hit the waves with their transformed kiteboard!

Feel free to share your resin ocean art creations with us on our social media, including our Instagram page, and check out what others are making with our products! If you have any questions about epoxy resin used in applications involving food, for instance on cutting boards, please visit our post on the subject of food safety.

Any other questions or comments? Visit our FAQs page or contact us!