Here is how to make geode resin art. If you are looking for instructional videos and tutorials for making geode art with epoxy resin you have come to the right place. Here are the best techniques and ideas to get your project perfect.
Resin geode art is created by replicating a geode found in nature with your own artist flair. By placing crystals, glass embellishments and decorative stones onto your form, you can create a beautiful geode in many different colors and teqniques. You can also make the art look like a larger version of natural geodes with clean resin.
Using pigments that are made for resin along with mica colorants and final embellishments, you can create stunning resin geodes in any color palette you wish.
We have really been enjoying working with resin and we have an easy geode resin art tutorial for you to try. If you love working with resin, colors and sparkle elements, you will love learning how to create resin geodes.
Once you have the basics of resin art mastered, you can create geode coasters, geode wall art, resin tables and more.
When you are making geode resin pieces, be prepared by gathering all of your materials and getting everything organized on your table. This is really helpful because you don't want to be opening drawers looking for things, you'll get resin everywhere.
So set everything up before you start like we did in the video below. Also, browse through photos of actual geodes so you can understand how they look in nature.
We will be sure to link to all of the exact supplies we used on Amazon at the bottom of this article, if you want to check the price or see what was used!
SUPPLIES WE USED FOR THIS GEODE TUTORIAL
ArtResin (Resin, ResinTints) Amazon
Golden Fluid Pearl Paint Amazon
Framar Gloves Amazon
8x10 Art Panels Amazon
Zap Heat Gun Amazon
Make a sketch of how you want your resin geode piece to look. Figure out the colors and where you want the stones, crystals, glitter, and gold for resin. Then when you are ready to pour, you have a plan.
Resin is a great material for creating beautiful and unique art pieces, but it's important to plan out your design before you start pouring the resin. Otherwise, you may end up with a mess!
For those who are visual learners, this will be super helpful for a quick reference guide.
In order to create stunning resin pieces, it's important to use the right surface.
Art palettes and free form geodes are great surfaces for creating geode resin art. They provide a smooth, stable surface that allows you to get creative with your designs. Plus, the finished product will have a professional look.
So if you're looking to create some stunning geode resin art, make sure to use an art palette or a free form geode. It'll make all the difference in the final product.
In this geode resin art tutorial, we are using an 8x10 wooden artboard as our substrate. First, prime the board using a pearl-colored acrylic paint (or the color of your choice).
Give the artboard two coats and let it dry in between coating it. If you use a soft brush, you won't get any brush lines. Once that is dry, then go to the next step.
Tape the sides and the back of the panel. This is going to stop the resin from getting onto the sides of your piece and catch any resin drips. You will take the tape off later after it is set, but before it hardens completely.
There are techniques that let the resin go down the sides but for this tutorial, we will be taping the sides and the bottom of the panel.
Now you will glue down your geode elements. In this tutorial, we used crushed glass crystals and white rocks.
You can get really creative here and if you need some more ideas on what you can use for your piece, here's an article we wrote on the many things you can use for sparkle and gemstones for your geode resin art.
You can use Mod Podge to glue these down (will dry clear) or you can use resin for this too.
Once everything is dry, go to the next step.
Time to start mixing up the resin! It's important to mix it properly before pouring it into your mold or onto your surface. If you don't mix the resin properly, you could end up with some problems.
First, if you don't mix the resin properly, you run the risk of creating an uneven finish. If the resin isn't mixed evenly, then it won't cure properly and you could end up with an unfinished look.
Second, if you don't mix the resin properly, you could end up with large air bubbles in your final piece. Air bubbles can ruin the look of your resin piece.
By taking the time to mix the resin properly, you'll end up with a beautiful, professional-looking piece that will last for years to come.
For this 8x10 piece, we mixed up 4oz of resin. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the resin that you are using so that you mix up the right ratio of hardener to resin.
When mixing resin it's best to use reusable silicone mixing cups so that they can be cleaned and reused.
*You may notice the pumps we have sitting in our resin bottles. That is a tip we share in our article, "How To Work With Epoxy Resin | Must Know Tips For Resin Art". Learn more about them (and other tips we have) in that article right here.
Using pumps like this also helps keep bubbles out of resin.
In this geode resin tutorial, there are three colors. Pink, Silver, and White. Plus a bit extra for the glitter parts. Separate the resin into three reusable silicone cups.
And then you can start to add in your tints and colorants, no more than 10% colorant to resin ratio for your geode art. Another beautiful color would be metallic paint or mica powder.
With the epoxy resin brand that we are using, there is about a 45-minute window to work with before it starts to cure so there is no rush.
Now you can pour the resin onto your resin geode according to your sketch. Have fun with this part mixing your colors and designs. For this we poured the white resin on first, then went ahead and mixed up the pink and poured that layer, and then finally mixed the silver and poured that on.
After that was completed, we added glitter here and there as you will see in the video tutorial below.
You can use a heat gun to pop any bubbles and move the resin around creating more unique lines and designs.
If you want your geode resin art to look realistic, it's important to hand draw the lines after the resin has cured. This will give the appearance of real crystals and help create a more three-dimensional look.
You can use a permanent marker to do this or paint them on with paint. Just be sure to go slowly and carefully so you don't accidentally ruin your beautiful creation!
When the piece has been sitting for about 5 hours you can draw on realistic geode lines. Using a paint pen for resin is best for that.
We used a Sharpie oil-based paint pen for our resin geode lines.
Remove all of the tape before the resin hardens completely. Be careful that you don't touch the resin surface or you will get fingerprints on there. If you are using a free form resin geode form, then you won't have any tape to remove.
Check the instruction manual to see how long it takes for your resin to be completely cured and you are done!
Here is the step by step process on how to make a geode. This video tutorial shows you from start to finish how to get your piece perfect. With a little practice you can make all kinds of geodes, just like the ones found in nature.
Geode Resin Art Inspiration
Here are three resin geode ideas. You can use these for inspiration for your next art piece.
This resin geode uses a free form geode with mica powers, crushes rocks and glass. Using many different kinds of products with two or three layers gives depth and color to your pieces.
By sectioning off areas, you can create lines. And then when you pour on the second layer, add glitter or gold leafing for extra elements.
By looking at a real geode, you can see how the lines are not completely even. There are so many color choices you can go with from light to dark. If this is your first free form geode, you can find lots of inspiration on Pinterest.
Resin Safety Information
Watch this video below where we talk about resin safety, the proper respirator, nitrile gloves and then show the difference between mica, alcohol ink and acrylic paint as resin colorants.
Should You Wear A Respirator Mask When Working With Resin?
You may also want to read more about whether or not you should wear a respirator mask when working with resin. Check out our article, The Proper Respirator Mask For Working With Resin, where we talk about why you should consider wearing a respirator, what the risks are if you do not wear a respirator, how comfortable one is, and how much you should pay for one.
10 Tips For Making Geode Resin Art
1. Decide on the size and shape of your geode. You can use a mold or create a free-form design.
2. Choose your colors. You can use opaque or transparent resin to achieve different effects.
3. Mix the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions.
4. Pour the mixed resin into your mold or onto your work surface.
5. Use a chopstick or other pointy object to create swirls and patterns in the resin.
6. Sprinkle in glitter, stones, or other embellishments.
7. Allow the resin to cure for the recommended time.
8. Pop the geode out of the mold or cut it free from the work surface.
9. Use a sanding block to smooth any rough or sharp edges.
10. Display your finished geode art proudly!
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