Let's Get Creative with Soap!
Let’s get messy with this soap, spray paint and epoxy craft! Have you ever seen a DIY tutorial that looked so fun that you immediately went out and bought supplies? Well, that happened to me after watching an artist use dish soap, spray paint and epoxy to create an awesome work of art on a tumbler. I hope this tutorial brings you that same feeling of excitement and inspiration!
- Table Top Pro epoxy
- Sculpted Panels Water 16″ Round
- EZ Forms
- SC Johnson Paste Wax
- White Gesso
- Variety of Golden high flow acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Craft glitter
- Frogtape painter’s tape
- Rust-oleum Midnight Blue spray paint
- Dawn Platinum Powerwash dish spray
- Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs
- Culinary torch
- Bosch palm sander
- Hose water
Watch the Video Tutorial Here:
Here's the Full Abstract Painting Tutorial
Step 1: Prepping the panels
Since the panels themselves are brown in color, I wanted to brighten them up with a couple layers of white acrylic gesso. While the paint dries, dip a paper towel into paste wax and liberally coat one side of the Sculpted Panel’s EZ Form. Wrap the form around the panel and attach with painter’s tape. Apply a generous amount of tape to seal the bottom of the forms to the back of the panel.
Step 2: Pouring the first layers of epoxy
For this project I used three shades of high flow acrylic paint to create a gradient effect with the MAS Epoxies Table Top Pro epoxy system. Once cured I added a thin layer of epoxy mixed with glitter and then several layers of clear epoxy until the surface is level and smooth. When your last layer of epoxy has cured, remove the tape and EZ form from the panel.
Step 3: Sanding, masking and adding more epoxy
Using a palm sander, smooth down any rough spots that might have been created from the EZ form. Sanding the top and sides of the epoxy covered panel will also add some tooth to the piece for the next layer of epoxy to grab on to. After cleaning the dust off of the piece, use your favorite brand of painter’s tape to mask off the entire back of the panel. Now you can add another clear layer of epoxy to seal in the exposed edges.
Step 4: Soap and spray paint
Before beginning this step, make sure your epoxy is completely cured. I would also suggest setting up your crafting station outside on the grass…this will get a little messy. Using the Dawn Powerwash spray, sprits the surface of the panel. Anywhere you have soap, the spray paint will not stick. (This would be a fantastic time to let your children or family members help!) When you’re happy with the amount of soap, immediately spray the surface with your favorite spray paint. Once the panel is coated with the spray paint, quickly grab the hose and wash off all of the remaining soap. You will be left with a super cool organic, bubbly texture!
Step 5: Fine tuning the spray paint
This step is optional but if you would like to clean up any over spray, use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove any unwanted paint. Doing this is quite time consuming but in my opinion, it’s very worth it.
Step 6: Finishing touches
To clean up the edges and frame the panel, paint the edge with a couple coats of black acrylic paint. When the acrylic is completely dry, add your final layer of clear epoxy and let cure. You can then remove the tape from the back of your masterpiece and sand down any rough spots.
Don’t forget to sign your beautiful artwork! I used a wood burning tool to burn my signature into the back of the panel. If you felt inspired by this tutorial to create a soap-tastic painting of your own, please post and tag @masepoxies #masepoxies on Instagram for a chance to be featured! We love seeing you explore new ways to resin! Stay creative and happy crafting!