When the world went into lockdown, art provided both the young and the old solace and an outlet for expression. Now that we are slowly opening up again, homemade and DIY art seem to have cemented a place in people’s lives. Not only does it allow people artistic and therapeutic expression when they are holed up in their homes, stuck inside all day with nothing to do, it also gives a financial alternative, a side hustle in today’s world.
Other than classical art forms like painting, soap and candle making, people rediscovered epoxy resin, first reported and patented by Paul Schlack of Germany in 1934. Not only are the finished results amazing and durable, the process leading to the finished product is absorbing and satisfying. According to Allied Market Research, the epoxy resin art market is growing and expected to reach $10.3 billion by 2027. On Etsy, prices for epoxy resin art can range from $165 to $15,000, making it a lucrative niche for artists who want to make money from their work. During the covid-induced lockdowns, the popularity of epoxy resin art was revived when people began posting their epoxy resin projects in TikTok. Since then, epoxy resin art has taken on new flights, with some very talented epoxy resin artists selling and showcasing their work online.
The Perfect Resin
Even if you are not an artist, working with epoxy resin is easy. You mix, you pour, you blend and in what is an extremely bearable waiting time, something magical happens. The colors are always bright, vibrant and cheery. Because of its fluidity, it almost seems as if the epoxy resin is helping you to make anything beautiful. There is almost nothing that you cannot do with epoxy resin, ranging from tabletops, coasters, plates, bowls, cups, paperweights; to jewellery, earrings, bracelets, brooches, pendants; or decorative art and sculptures. With its resistance to chemicals and heat and its ability to stick to surfaces made of wood, glass, stone and metal, the only limit is your imagination. Even if something is cracked or has gaps, epoxy resin can help to act as a filler and preserve something that you want to protect better. Items such as ceramic and even glass can be put back in place through epoxy resin. It can also be used to cover household appliances and objects that rust easily.
When finished and hardened, epoxy resin is waterproof and scratch-proof, safe to be worn close to the body and hypoallergenic. Like amber, the natural resin that preserved and protected the fossils for thousands of years, epoxy resin will last and is easy to maintain. It could be an old piece of rustic carving or a beautiful table from grandma that you want to preserve, epoxy resin can only make it more beautiful and enduring. It is a versatile and adaptable resource and material, a true chameleon. It is good for use as a surface coating, sealant and flooring. Epoxy resin is used in flooring projects. A woman spent 16 hours painstakingly gluing $77 worth of pennies to her bathroom tiles, creating an incredible bespoke floor. It was sealed with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin applied on decorative flooring, such as terrazzo and chip flooring, seals well and gives a beautiful glossy finish that also looks clean.
How Do You Start Working With Epoxy Resin?
An epoxy kit is the simplest and easiest thing to get. These days, everything is available and accessible online. You can just sit at home and wait for a complete set of materials to be delivered to your doorstep. An epoxy kit typically comes with measuring cups, wooden sticks for mixing, gloves, and many sellers even provide a set of colors for you to experiment and play with. You should purchase from a reliable and experienced seller because they can give you advice and answer your questions. These sellers will also have useful videos and FAQs that will help you get started. Resin art is booming in social media from Pinterest to Instagram; and there are countless videos on YouTube to help you improve.
Working with epoxy resin is a great way to awaken the artist in you. You can start with small and manageable pieces like earrings or keychains. When you become more familiar with epoxy resin as a material, you can move on to more complex pieces like tabletops, clocks or even sculptures. Working with epoxy resin requires no training, no skills and simply flows according to your fancy. Yet, every creation from you somehow, amazingly turns out to be an art piece. So what are you waiting for?