What are the Best Surfaces for Resin Art?

Resin Art

When creating your own resin art, it’s important to consider your art boards. The difference between the right and wrong art boards can mean success or failure for your artistic pursuit. So, which is the right surface for you and your resin art?

What is resin art?

Firstly, to choose the right art board, you need to understand how resin art works. Resin art is a form of paint pouring art: a free-form painting method that creates organic art, usually with swirls and pops of colour.

Resin art mixes epoxy resin (a type of liquid plastic that hardens) with paint so the finished artwork hardens with a glossy finish.

The key thing to understand about resin art is that it can be heavy and it is fluid until it dries, meaning there can be messy run-off to deal with. For best results, you need a solid art board that won’t absorb a lot of the resin.

Art Boards

These are the most common art board surfaces to use for resin art.


A lot of resin artists choose to work with canvas for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is a readily available in art stores,inexpensive and comes in a variety of different sizes. Canvas is also already primed (painted white so colours aren’t diminished).

When working with larger canvases or a lot of resin, it’s crucial to support the surface to prevent the resin from pooling, since the canvas can sag under the weight of the resin. You can do this by ensuring your art space is flat and adding additional structural supports to canvas. You can do this by slipping some thick cardboard behind the canvas or wedging small pieces of wood against the frame so that the canvas is less likely to sag.

Wooden Panels

Wooden panels can be a great alternative to canvas. Because they are solid, they do not sag so you don’t run the risk of resin pooling. However, unlike canvases, wooden panels rarely come primed, so it’s likely you’ll need to prime your surface before starting your artwork if you want your colours to stand out. Additionally, wooden art panels are not as readily available or easy to find in specific sizes as canvas, and they’re more expensive.


MDF (medium-density fibreboard) can be a good alternative to wooden panels as it offers all the benefits of wooden panels, while being cheaper and readily available in a range of shapes and sizes. It does, however, also need to be primed if you want your colours to be their brightest.


Tiles can be great art boards for smaller projects, like drink coasters. You can also use tiles for larger projects, although you would need to prepare your own tiled surface and that can be challenging (and expensive depending on the tiles).

While it shouldn’t matter if the tile is glazed or not, it can be worthwhile doing some test pours to see how the resin reacts to the surface to be sure you get the effect you want. Since white tiles are readily (and cheaply) available, you can create a tile art board that doesn’t require priming.


For something a little different (and more hip), vinyl records are a great choice for resin art. They’re a great size for small to medium projects and they can be purchased cheaply, and often in bulk, at charity shops or garage sales. You will need to make sure that you tape up the central hole before beginning, however. Additionally, you will want to prime the surface or risk losing the intensity of your colours. Also, to know about the 5 Reasons Taking an Abstract Art Class is Good for You Click Here.

Like all art forms, resin art is about experimentation and finding what works best for you and what you want to create.