How to Create a Resin Art Ocean

The most popular resin art design by far is an ocean or beach scene. If you're reading this, I'm sure you've lusted over your fair share of resin art oceans. Ocean resin art is captivating to look at and studies have shown that humans are subconsciously attracted to things that look like bodies of water - so it's no wonder the style has become so popular. Whilst these resin beach scenes look super complex and impressive, the truth is they can be quite simple to create. 

First thing you'll need to do is decide on your canvas for your ocean scene - do you want some crashing waves on the handle of a charcuterie board? A large scale ocean scene painting? Or some beachy coasters? pick a canvas and plan out where you want your resin to go.

You'll also want to decide if you want some sand or seashell features to create a beach scene or if you'd rather dive straight in to a deep sea creation.

Grab a Drippy kit in the colour palette 'Ocean' for all the colours you could possibly want for a sea themed creation and get ready to pour!

Step 1: If you're using sand, you'll want to pour this on first. Mix enough sand into clear resin to create a brownie-batter consistency and pour this on your prepped canvas (click here if you want to know more about how to prep your canvas) only in the area that you want to see sand.

Step 2: Now work from darkest to lightest - pour your darkest blue, then your mid-blue and finally your lightest blue. Next, using a spatula or your gloved finger, blend each colour into the next so you get a nice gradient.

Step 3: Time to make some waves! Pour streaks of white resin across your blue gradient where you want the waves to be. Next, with a hairdryer or with a bit of huff and puff, blow the white resin over the blue until you get the wave where you want it. By spreading the white pigment, you will start to see cells and cool crashing wave effects starting to form. Handy tip - make sure you use enough white pigment in your resin for the wave effects, you don't want it to be opaque once mixed or the crashing wave effect will not be impactful. If you have used sand, make sure to add a crashing wave between the sand and ocean so it looks like it's crashing on the shoreline!

Step 4: Once you are happy with how your resin ocean looks, leave it alone and let it cure. Make sure the surface you're working on is level so you don't loose all the great details you worked so hard to create.

Step 5: The more layers of resin you add, the better your work will look - by adding another layer you create depth, interesting textures and you can build on the wave layers. To add another layer of detail, tint some clear resin with a little bit of blue pigment so that it is still transparent enough to see the first layer through and pour it over your ocean, stopping just short of the shoreline. Next mix up some white and pour more waves where you like them - again, stopping just short of the shoreline with your wave will add some dimension to your wave details and will look like the crashing waves are rolling over one another.


Voila! enjoy a different kind of beach day! Don't forget to tag us in your Drippy ocean creations - @make_drippy.

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