Achieve a Resin Gloss Finish Without Resin

Achieve a Stunning Resin Gloss Finish Without Using Resin

May 20, 2024

A resin gloss finish in artwork refers to the smooth, shiny, and reflective surface that adds depth and dimension to a piece. This glossy effect can elevate the overall visual impact of the artwork, making colours appear more vibrant and creating a sense of depth. While traditional resin application is a popular method for achieving this high-gloss look, it has drawbacks such as high cost, strong fumes during application, and extended curing time.

Suppose you're eager to explore resin art more but prefer to avoid these challenges. In that case, alternative techniques and materials can help you achieve a resin gloss finish without actual resin. By looking into these options, you can express your creativity without being restricted by the limitations of common and traditional resin applications.

Additionally, joining a resin art workshop can provide hands-on experience and valuable insights into creating stunning resin-like finishes using alternative methods. So, let's explore resin-like finishes beyond traditional epoxy resin and explore your creativity.

Alternative Techniques and Materials

You can explore several alternative techniques and materials when achieving a resin gloss finish without using actual resin. These methods provide a glossy appearance like the resin, offering advantages such as affordability, ease of use, and reduced environmental impact. Let's have a closer look at some of these approaches:

1. Mont Marte Premium Painting Board

The Mont Marte Premium Painting Board is essential for achieving a smooth surface and resin gloss finish without using traditional resin. Here are the key talking points for using this product:

The Benefits of Mont Marte Premium Painting Board

This board provides a flawless, smooth surface and an excellent foundation for creating stunning artwork with a glossy finish. Its high-quality construction ensures your artwork will have a professional and polished appearance.

How to Use the Mont Marte Board with Other Materials?

The Mont Marte board facilitates an effortless resin-like finish when combined with other materials, such as Liquitex Pouring Medium and acrylic paints. Combining this board with these materials allows you to achieve a glossy, resin-like effect without needing actual resin.

By leveraging the benefits of the Mont Marte Premium Painting Board, you can create artwork with a stunning resin gloss finish, enhancing the visual impact of your art without relying on traditional epoxy resin applications.

2. Liquitex Pouring Medium

Liquitex Pouring Medium is a versatile product that can create stunning, luminous layers when combined with acrylic paints. Mixing this medium with your chosen acrylic paints and pouring the mixture onto your painting surface allows you to quickly achieve even splashes of colour. The result is a glossy, wet appearance that mimics the look of resin without actually using resin.

It's essential to ensure the proper ratio of pouring medium to paint to preserve the wet appearance without resin. Additionally, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly before adding the next layer can help maintain the desired effect. You can achieve a beautiful resin-like finish using Liquitex Pouring Medium and acrylic paints by mastering these techniques.

3. Acrylic Pouring Paints and Techniques

Choosing suitable acrylic paints is essential when you want a shiny finish similar to resin but want to use something other than actual resin. Look for brands that are known for their glossy finish. These paints are designed to give your artwork a beautiful sheen once they dry, making it look even more impressive.

Trying out different pouring techniques can take your artwork to the next level. Here are two popular methods that can help you achieve soft and blended effects:

  • Dirty Pour Technique: In this technique, you layer different colours of thinned paint in a single cup and then flip it onto the painting surface. This creates beautiful swirls and blends of colours.
  • Dutch Pour Technique: With this technique, you pour paint mixed with pouring medium onto the canvas and use a hairdryer to disperse the colours. This results in gentle and dreamy effects that resemble resin art.

Using these techniques and glossy acrylic paints, you can create stunning finishes that resemble resin without using traditional resin materials.

4. Gloss Medium and Varnish as Topcoat

Gloss medium and varnish are essential for achieving a stunning resin-like gloss finish without actual resin. Here's what you need to know:

Enhancing Durability and Intensity

When you use gloss medium and varnish as a topcoat, they do two things:

  • They make your artwork more durable.
  • They make the colours more intense, giving them a brilliant shine.

The glossy finish these products create adds depth and vibrancy to your artwork, making it visually captivating.

Different Types of Varnish for Various Gloss Levels

There are different types of varnishes available, each offering different levels of glow:

  • High gloss
  • Satin
  • Matte

As an artist, you can choose the type of varnish based on the desired final look of your artwork:

  • High gloss varnish would provide a polished, reflective finish.
  • Satin varnish would offer a semi-glossy finish.
  • Matte varnish would give a non-reflective, subtle shine.

Using gloss medium and varnish as a topcoat adds a protective layer to your artwork. It ensures the colours remain vibrant, and the surface maintains a glossy, resin-like appearance.

5. Finishing Touch: Liquitex High Gloss Varnish

Liquitex High Gloss Varnish is crucial in achieving a professional-quality finish without using resin. When applying this varnish, it is essential to build up multiple layers to achieve a high-gloss result. The proper drying time between each coat is crucial for obtaining the desired resin-like gloss finish. Here's how you can make the most out of Liquitex High Gloss Varnish:

  • Application: Apply Liquitex High Gloss Varnish using a soft brush or airbrush, ensuring even coverage over your artwork.
  • Building Layers: To achieve a deep, glossy finish, apply multiple thin Liquitex High Gloss Varnish layers. Allow each layer to dry thoroughly before doing the next layer.
  • Proper Drying Time: Patience is vital when working with Liquitex High Gloss Varnish. Allowing each layer to dry all the way before adding more layers ensures that the final result is smooth and free of imperfections.

Following these steps and building up layers with proper drying intervals, you can achieve a stunning resin-like gloss finish using Liquitex High Gloss Varnish.


As explored in this blog, achieving a resin gloss finish without using resin is possible. By employing alternative techniques and materials, you can mimic the appearance of a resin gloss finish and create stunning artwork.

By choosing resin-free solutions, you are also making a positive impact on the environment. Resin production has been found to harm the environment due to its chemical composition and manufacturing process. Opting for alternative methods reduces your carbon footprint and contributes to a more sustainable art practice.

If you want to learn more about resin arts and crafts, Contact Us on Arts Shala today for workshops and classes where you can learn more about different techniques & materials and explore your creativity in a supportive environment. So go ahead and explore your artistic potential with these resin-free solutions. Create beautiful art that showcases a stunning gloss finish without the use of traditional resin.
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