Learn How to Lace and Cell Like the Pros!
Roni Langley has been running her business as a full-time mixed media artist for 3 years. One of her favorite parts of that is getting to teach other artists how to turn dreams into reality through @themakermeetup and getting to share her own art journey through her YouTube (@ronilangley), TikTok (@ronilangley), and Instagram (@rll.designs).
Ocean art has been her specialty the past few years, but as she develops a new collection, (launching spring/summer of 2022) she’s decided the best way to give back to her community is to finally share all her tips and tricks for creating perfect ocean waves. Working closely with MAS Epoxies in developing this long-awaited product drop, she is honored and excited to have her own limited edition Table Top line as well. You can support Roni and her art by purchasing her LTD and the new pigment using her MAS Epoxies affiliate code RONI at checkout all year around for 10% off and free shipping. Additionally, her art it available at Ronilangley.com and a brand-new collection is coming soon!
Check out Roni's Full Lacing Tutorial!
Let's Make Some Waves!
Step 1: Getting Prepped
Make sure to protect your clothing with an apron and if you have longer hair, tie it back with a hair tie. The first extremely important step is leveling your surface. Since the epoxy takes time to cure, you want your surface to be perfectly level, so your lacing and cells don’t slide off while curing.
Step 2: Mixing the Epoxy Resin
TIP from Roni: “If you have ever taken off the caps of your epoxy bottles and not remember which cap goes on which bottle; the “A” on part A is white, just like the cap and the “B” on part B is black, just like the cap! This helps you not fuse your caps onto your bottles…which I’ve done before.”
Another important factor while making resin ocean art, is that you want to make sure you fully integrate your resin and hardener while mixing. Stir thoroughly while scraping the sides of the mixing cup, stirring up, down, and in circular motions. Once fully combined, pour out a small amount of clear epoxy into a cup and set aside. (This will be used with the Ocean Art Resin Pigment later in the process.) Pour the remaining epoxy into two separate cups so we can add in the acrylic paint and make the colored base for the waves.
TIP from Roni: “When adding color to resin, you don’t ever want to go over 10% of the total volume because it could affect the curing of the resin during the final process. Just a few drops of each! It goes a long way when it comes to resin mixing.”
Thoroughly mix in the acrylic colors, making sure to stir up and down and in a circular motion so you don’t have any pockets of unmixed resin. Now comes the most important part! We are going to add the Ocean Art Resin Pigment to the clear epoxy that we set aside earlier. Remember, we don’t want to use more than 10% of your total volume, but in this case, we will go right up to that threshold, so we have a bright white wave. The pigmented epoxy should be solid white with no transparency at all.
Step 3: Making Waves
Roni likes to start her wave with the lightest color, leaving a good amount of her panel exposed (this will be acting as her “sand”). Pour a couple think lines of the lightest colored epoxy and then move on to the dark shade. Once the colored epoxy is poured onto the piece, use a GLOVED hand to spread and blend the epoxy. Now that your resin is spread out to where you want it, this is where you get to decide the style of wave you would like to create. Roni prefers to pour a thick line of white epoxy at the front of her wave and push the cells all the way to the back of the piece and let them roll off the sides. Before you add the white line, pop any micro bubbles with a torch, making sure to keep the torch moving quickly across the surface. It’s now time to pour a thick line of the white pigmented epoxy right along the edge of the lightest colored layer. Next, guide the heat gun in a forward and backward pushing motion to move the white pigmented epoxy to the back of the piece. Cells will form immediately and will continue to form while curing. Once you have your waves pushed out to where you like them, lightly go over the whole piece with your torch to make the cells and lacing come alive. Do not hold the torch in one area for too long or you may scorch the epoxy.
A Note From Roni:
“On my Instagram tutorial @rll.designs, I’ll show you how to do a thinner line wave that doesn’t go all the way to the back!”
“Alright guys, that’s it! I hope this tutorial was helpful for you and I hope your cells turn out just as beautiful as mine did!” - Roni Langley