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Resin 101 – The Types of Colorants You Can Use

When it comes to working with resin, you need all the right products in hand. It is equally important to understand the purpose and necessity of each those products in order to incorporate them right and gain the result that you’re looking for. Working with resin can be tricky, so if you’re a beginner, it’s always best to research as much as you can about each product, its purpose and the differences in order to know what you’re working with.

In this article, we’re going to have a better understanding on the different types of colourants you can use when it comes to resin. Each colour base you choose has an effect of its own. Therefore, knowing the different types of colourants available can help you gain the outcome you’re looking for with ease.

Mica Powder

Mica powder is the most commonly used form of powder pigment resin users opt for. Did you know that Mica is actually a natural stone mineral containing shiny flakes that is grounded into a fine powder form? Therefore, Mica powders give your resin a luscious shimmering texture and are available in a variety of colours for you to choose from.

Acrylic Paint

When it comes to incorporating forms of paint, the only suitable one by far is the acrylic paint. It allows you to achieve a thick and opaque form with a matte like finish. Due to the fact that using acrylic paints can take away the gloss like effect, a layer of plain resin is poured on top to seal the look. However, the advantage of acrylic paint is the depth of colour it offers due to its high pigmentation.

Alcohol Pigments

The best part about using alcohol ink pigments is the various effects that you can play with in order to create unique designs with techniques of your own. It is however best to make use of a UV protectant towards the end as alcohol ink with resin can fade as time goes. This form of colourant is known to have a beautiful and rich saturation.

Metallic Pigments

Another commonly used pigment powder is the metallic pigment powder. They are fully compatible with resin and as the name along suggests, a metallic pigment powder results with a metallic finish. Just like with the mica powder, metallic pigment powders are available to be found in variety of colours too. You can brush the powder on your mould before pouring in the resin in order to achieve a clearer look.

Pearl Powder

Pearl pigment powders create a glamourous effect on your resin art work. While most often the pearl white is a commonly used pigment colour, there is a myriad choice of colours available for you to choose from. Unlike most other pigments though, pear pigments are semi-opaque and reflect the individual colours under lighting or even dark backgrounds.

Glow in the Dark Pigment

Most colourants are sold in less quantities and lasts longer as you need to add very little in your resin to achieve the colour.

Kristofer Conner

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