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How to Color Resin, An in-Depth Guide

Epoxy resin exists as a transparent or crystal clear mixture by itself. However, the resin can also be colored to make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Unfortunately, not all colorants are compatible with epoxy resin. Therefore, you have to be very careful when selecting the right colorants for your Art Resin. Read on to learn about how to work with resin color. 

The Best Colorants for Art Resin

Unlike other art forms that require a lot of paint, Resin Art is very economical, requiring just a few drops of color pigments to create wonderful artwork. Resin colors come in two forms: liquid and powder pigments.

Liquid Color Pigments

Liquid colorants are referred to as Resin Dyes, and they are either in liquid or paste form. These dyes are specially designed for epoxy resins. They even share the same chemical composition, as they are both made from polymers. As a result, they are the best choice for resin color. 

How to Color Resin Using Liquid Pigments

The first step is to create the resin and hardener mixture. If you are not sure how to go about, you can refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, add the liquid pigment a few drops at a time to the mixture, and then mix thoroughly. 

Add the color pigments until you get the best results. Artists have different opinions about what constitutes the right amount of resin color. However, we recommend the colorant should be 6% of the mixture at most. Anything above that will certainly affect the mixing ratio.

Key Takeaway Tips

As you are aware, the resin has to be mixed with a hardener to allow it to cure. Adding a colorant to the mix will interfere with the mixing ratio of the two compounds. Therefore, the biggest challenge is getting the perfect mix between the three.

A rule of thumb is always use highly concentrated colorants, such as Epoke Resin Art Pigment. For a highly concentrated colorant, a few drops are enough for your Art Resin. The fewer the drops, the little the effects they will have on the resin-hardener ratio.

Also, try mixing small amounts of the resin-hardener mixture and then add small amounts of the colorant to get the perfect blend, before preparing large mixtures. Equally important is to try working with different resin-color mixtures to see how they react. 

Another crucial consideration is the water content in the right resin color. The higher the water content, the more problem you will have mixing the ratios. In addition, water prevents the resin from curing well and may lead to the formation of dull spots on the final artwork. Therefore, always look for colorants with little to no water.

Lastly, look for resin colors with UV light protection. This will help prevent the yellowing of your artwork. It is highly unlikely that you will get it right on the first go. However, keep experimenting until you get the perfect blend.

Types of Liquid Color Pigments
  • Resin Dye – these are special paints designed for coloring Resin Art. 
  • Airbrush Paint – these paints are also great with resin. Just make sure the pigment concentration is very high to get the best results.
  • Alcohol Ink Alcohol Inks are highly concentrated, which makes them ideal for Art Resin. However, they are not resistant to light and are prone to discoloring. Use them on artworks that will not be exposed to direct sunlight.

We recommend the Epoke Pigment Kits. They contain all these resin coloring products in one basket, which saves you the headache of looking for the products. They are also economical than purchasing individual products.

Powder Color Pigments

Powder color additives are also great for resin art. Aside from adding hue to the resin, they also give the artwork a nice granular finish since the powder does not dissolve completely. They are divided into three:

  • Color Pigments – these are powdery additives that add color to the resin.
  • Glitter Powder – these additives do not add color, but provide a glittery effect to enhance the Art Resin’s aesthetic value.
  • Glowing Pigments – these additives add a luminous effect to the artwork.

Key Takeaway Tips

The most important consideration when shopping for powder colorants is that they should have light resistance. This will prevent fading and discoloration after a few months. We recommend MICA Powders from Resinarthub, one of the top range color pigments for resin in UAE.

Coloring Elements to Avoid

  • Acrylic Paints – these paints have very high water content.
  • Watercolors – they have low pigmentation, meaning that you will need to use large quantities to get the desired results.
  • Oil Paints – the lipids present in oil paints lead to the formation of ugly lumps.
  • If you are looking for the best color resins in Dubai, we advise you to check out the large collection of Epoke Resin Art Pigment to help you jumpstart your Art Resin career. 

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