Capture the beauty of a night sky in a frame. Making a beautiful art piece that looks like a heavenly body is easy with resin! I will walk you through making your very own piece of DIY resin galaxy art!
DIY RESIN GALAXY ART
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE GALAXT ART WITH RESIN
I used liquid dyes and pigments to color my resin, but there is a wide variety of products you can use to color your resin. Take a look in the craft store for more options.
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- EnviroTex Lite Resin
- Mixing cups and stir sticks
- Resin dyes and pigments (red, blue, black and pearl)
- Floating frame or canvas
- Paintbrush or straw
- Longarm lighter
- Glitter (optional)
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MIXING GALAXY RESIN
While you can use a canvas for this project, I really like the effect you get by picking up a floating frame from your local craft store. Floating frames have a backing made of clear plastic, instead of cardboard or wood. Typically, this creates a transparent mat around your photo. We will use the floating frame for a different reason.
Mix up a few ounces of resin according to the directions on the package. Be sure to transfer the mixture into a second mixing cup so that you completely incorporate the two parts of the mixture. Be sure you are wearing protective gloves whenever you are working with resin!
I mixed up 2 ounces of resin, and that was more than enough to cover my 8×10 frame. Add a bit of pearl pigment to this batch of resin. This will make sure your entire galaxy has an out-of-this-world shimmer to it.
Reserve 1/4 of this mixed resin in the original mixing cup. Divide the rest of the resin into smaller mixing cups and color the resin with dyes and pigment to make pink, purple, and black. Make more of the black resin than the other colors. Check out the shimmer that the pearl pigment adds to all of the colors.
POURING THE GALAXY RESIN
Begin to pour the clear resin in the center of the frame. You can’t mess this up so have fun!
One by one, drizzle the colors of resin on the frame — keeping in mind that the colors should get progressively darker as you go away from the center.
Once the resin has been poured onto the frame, you can begin to create the galaxy swirls. You can use any or all of the following techniques to swirl your resin:
- Swirl the colors with a paintbrush. Make sure this is a brush you are willing to throw away after use.
- Tilt the frame in different directions allowing the resin to shift and slide.
- Use a straw to blow directly onto the resin to create pockets and swirls.
Once you are satisfied with the look of the resin swirls, you have the opportunity to add some extra sparkle. Sprinkle a VERY small amount of glitter onto the resin, concentrating most of it in the clear section of the resin. This step is totally optional, but it does add dimension and sparkle to your galaxy art.
LET THE GALAXY ART CURE
Let the resin sit for 15 minutes, then pop any surface bubbles with a long-arm lighter. Cover the project and let it cure completely.
Once the resin has cured, you can add the stand to the back of the frame and enjoy your new resin galaxy art!
Since I used translucent resin on a floating frame, the frame allows light to stream through the resin. You can set the piece up in front of a window, a candle, or a string of fairy lights to get a really pretty backlit effect.