This post first appeared on Hometalk and was sponsored by Alumilite Corp. All opinions are my own.
I’ve recently started dabbling in epoxy pouring to create my own art. I love finding new ways to up cycle wood, especially with epoxy. Speaking of up cycling, I can’t wait to show you how I created my own ocean art on a piece of pallet wood! This was a fun project that involves pouring colored epoxy to create a fun ocean scene. I can’t wait to show you how!
Let me first show you the pallet wood wall decor that I purchased from a craft store. You could easily cut this from an actual pallet, but I happened to have one of these on hand.
I used regular old white acrylic paint to give it a little color. You don’t have to paint it, but since it had been previously used (you can see how I created a wood pallet art sign with a dry brush technique), I needed to create a blank slate.
Did I mention that I got all the materials for this project in an Ocean Art kit through a company called Alumilite? They provide everything you need, including the epoxy, dye, buckets for mixing and even the stir attachment!
Side note; they don’t provide the hair dryer, gloves or drill.
Epoxy Resin for Wood Projects
Here are a few of my past Epoxy Resin projects:
DIY ocean art project with an epoxy resin pour on pallet wood
The first thing you need to do is mix equal parts A and B together for 4-6 minutes. Make sure to use the mixing attachment with the drill- this makes mixing a breeze!
This is what the epoxy should look like after it’s mixed. Make sure to mix for the entire time that is suggested- this is so important! If you see streaks or anything cloudy (minus bubbles) that means you have not mixed enough!
Next use your big bucket to pour your epoxy resin into the smaller four buckets. Make sure to leave an equal amount in the large bucket. You will have five colors (blue, dark blue, tan, white and clear).
Follow the instructions to add color to each smaller bucket of epoxy. Mix them really well.
Decide about where you want to pour the different colors. You can make marks with a pencil if you need to. I used the wood slats to mark the delineation between colors.
Pour the light blue above the dark blue making sure to mix the colors a little.
At this point you can use either a blow dryer or heat gun to blend the colors together to make it look more “fluid.”
Here is where I hit a snag. When I started pouring the tan epoxy I noticed it already started to harden. Ugh. Good thing I left extra part A and part B because I needed to mix more.
Note to self; work faster after mixing the epoxy resin. I’m so bad about getting distracted, LOL. That being said, it had only been about 20 minutes since I mixed the epoxy.
After I mixed and added more tan epoxy resin I decided to drop a few pieces of gravel to make the “beach area” look more realistic.
At this point I still wasn’t totally satisfied with the ocean art scene, so I decided to mix a little more tan epoxy- this time I decided to make it a little darker.
After a little more trial and error with the colors and using the hair dryer, I decided to call it quits.
Oh, I almost forgot to add that I hot glued a little rope to the top!
Video Tutorial on how to pour epoxy to create ocean art
My new ocean art epoxy pour
I love how it turned out! It took a little trial and error, but that’s all part of the process right?
See you next time!