Location: White Lake, MI
How long have you used epoxy resin?
I actually began using epoxy about four years ago. I would pour clear epoxy over my paintings and wooden signs. I took a break from it for a while until within the last year when I started playing with pigments and new techniques.
Why did you choose epoxy?
I chose epoxy as a new way to give my existing work a new spin. I found it to be fun to learn the different techniques and the endless possibilities that can be created with it.
What are your choice mediums?
As a woodworking artist I would say my first choice medium is wood. Whether I’m using it as my canvas, making a serving board, or pairing epoxy with my scroll saw work, that’s typically going to be where I begin. As far as pigments I like mica powders, and would consider those to be my favorite for deep pours. I have recently gotten into using the Mixol brand tints and I find those to be great. I will often use acrylic paint as well.
What are your “Must-Have” supplies?
If you are looking to try lacing I would say absolutely a heat gun. If not, any kind of blowtorch would suffice to remove bubbles. I would say you should definitely invest in one of those right from the start because you don’t want your resin to harden with bubbles in it. Aside from that, gloves, stir sticks and cups of any kind. Something to lay down to prevent mess. I prefer plastic.
What advice or tips would you give to someone just starting out using resin?
This is a big one for me. The first thing I say is don’t be afraid to go for it! I find that people can be nervous about giving it a try. Your fist time is probably not going to go exactly how you planned but have fun with it. Be patient! If it’s not coming out how you want it to, don’t give up. It takes practice. Everyone has different techniques and something that works for someone else might not work for you. Try not to get discouraged. A lot of pieces take multiple layers to get the desired result, so if your first layer isn’t perfect that’s ok. Don’t be afraid to take your time and experiment.
What are the qualities to look for in a resin you would use for your art?
I use a lot of white so the first quality I look for in resin would be something that isn’t going to yellow. When it comes to a table top or artist resin I like something on the thicker side, I find this makes my pieces look higher quality once finished. I also appreciate a brand that is active with their users and easy to communicate with and go to for questions.