Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Neon Resin With Acrylic Paint

Here is a bright and cheery project made possible by neon resin!
 I have been wanting to make some neon coloured resin molds all winter.  Nothing brightens up a room more than a florescent orange pink or lime green.  I purchased these three inexpensive bottles of acrylic paint at my local craft store.
 The leaf mold is from Resin obsession and is a reusable polyethylene, so I definitely made sure I applied a mold release to it before working in it.
 I am using EasyCast for this project.  I made one larger batch and then separated it into three cups.  I added a few drops of the paint to each cup.
 The resin colours were indeed the bright colours I was hoping for.  Neon is really hard to photograph though!
 TIP:  Double check that you are storing your molds properly.  I did not notice mine had warped a little so I poured in a little less resin.  I will be sure to flatten this out by putting a few books on it for a day or two before I use it again.
 Fresh out of the mold I had a fabulous collection of leaves!
Special Note:  When you add non-resin colouring items to resin like paint, coffee etc. you can have a project that does not cure.  I only added 2-3 drops of paint.  My molded leaves are a little soft...I could bend them if I needed too, but they are certainly hard enough for this home decor project.  
 I already had a project in mind for them.  I had this dollar store frame and a cool postcard from Paris.
 The Eiffel Tower in the postcard is made with dark black lines so I mimicked the look with black sealing wax on my molded leaves.  I then sealed the wax lines with a coating of Resin Spray.  If you don't seal it, the wax will just smudge right off.
 I painted my frame with some of the pink neon paint and arranged my neon resin leaves along with some neon buttons I have from HA Kidd.
This was a studio brightening project!

This post was designed, photographed and written by me.
It appeared on Resin Crafts Blog.


Stampendous said...

This is so bright and sunny! Great job, Carmi! We're playing with neon this week, too! It's such a refreshing change from this long winter.

Renee M said...

I have that same leaf mold but haven't gotten to try it out yet. Really looking forward to using it now I see how to do the leaves and thanks for all the tips--I'm understand the kind of plastic you let me know to use the release spray on.

Mylene Hillam said...

Love it Carmi!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Neonresin! What next, Carmi? I'm thinking those leaves would make lovely jewelry.

Jean said...

You do tend to open one's eyes, as Eileen was saying, to more and more possibilities! It is a great talent of yours! This is lovely! xox jean

Andy M said...

Very nice idea. It creates a nice 3D effect as oppose to the normal flat framed image.