How to make an imitation of water from epoxy resin, basic principles

How to make water from epoxy resin Resin Art

Masters working with epoxy resin never cease to amaze us with their masterpieces. The scope of application of this unsightly material has long been studied, but over time, more and more new ideas appear. Now we will talk about the whole direction of epoxy resin products. It developed gradually, based solely on the experience of inquisitive experimenters. This is the direction in which water, reservoirs and everything connected with them is imitated.

Water is one of the natural substances, elements. According to a well-known saying, you can look at water forever. A well – known saying begins like this: «There are three things you can watch forever: fire, water…».

No one knows for sure who the author of this statement is and how the phrase ends. We already agree with the first part of the statement. Paintings depicting reservoirs immerse us in the atmosphere of a certain euphoria, make us constantly admire the natural beauty, marveling at its simultaneous tranquility and power.

Products with reservoirs

Epoxy resin does not just make it easy to make an imitation of a reservoir or a vessel with water. Such installations are very popular.

  • Firstly, the epoxy resin in its original form has the same optical characteristics as water. It is colorless and transparent, there is no need to invent anything.
  • Secondly, it remains only to emphasize the theme and make a certain decor. So the product will turn into an underwater kingdom.

Beautiful composition

We see the water blue, in the paintings we draw in blue tones. The water does not lose its transparency. Another technique that allows you to make water from resin is to add a blue dye.

It is often possible to observe the sea or the ocean during its excitement. During a storm, powerful waves are thrown ashore. The waves break and turn into foam, which can also be captured. Drawing skills, white paint and a construction hair dryer will help.

Aerobatics are considered to be works in which natural foam is present (individual sections of the resin are foamed). Let’s focus on products made of epoxy resin, which contain reservoirs.

Transparent epoxy can be used only when creating small volumes. Lenses, pendants, pendants are made of such material, inside of which shells, algae or fish are frozen. It is also appropriate to use transparent resin if you need to make a mini pond. It is placed in a tabletop, on a separate panel, on a bar counter, in the seat of a chair or stool. It all depends on the master’s plan.

Epoxy water

Water in the form of decoration in the product can be imitated in any available way. If the imitation of water from epoxy resin is an end in itself, then paintings, decorative panels are chosen for creativity, many pour the pond into special ceramic dishes and leave the frozen resin in this form.

Tinted resin is more suitable for pouring countertops. You can create whole dioramas on large areas. Natural materials (stone, sand, seashell) are used as decoration.

A separate category is represented by countertops with imitation of the river. Painting pictures with epoxy resin often comes down to creating abstractions. Managing resin layers is very difficult. In this abstraction, the marine theme occupies a premium place. Any combination of white and blue color already gives associations associated with the seas and oceans.

Lenses with water

Here are some examples of how masterpieces are created. Despite the apparent simplicity of the work, it is very difficult to engage in creativity from epoxy. Many people prefer to buy ready-made masterpieces. In this paragraph, we will consider a number of crafts, the principle of creation of which involves pouring transparent resin into a silicone mold.

The main task of the master is to choose a suitable decor and place it inside the lens. Such elements of the marine theme as pebbles, shells or plastic fish in liquid resin will settle to the bottom. In the process of pouring them in various ways, they try to keep them on the weight.

Lenses with water

If the pebbles and shells should be on the bottom, then the marine inhabitants (artificial) create the effect of swimming. This will require a layer-by-layer fill.

Mini fish pond

This product is extremely popular. Moreover, this popularity is growing both among buyers and among the masters themselves. Here is an example that allows you to implement one of the ideas. The main difficulty lies in the fact that it is necessary to create a three-dimensional figure of a fish. There are two fundamental approaches here. The first involves drawing, and the second involves pasting ready-made pictures. The algorithm of work itself practically does not change.

  • First, the first layer of resin is poured. Pebbles, shells, sand, vegetation and other similar decor are placed in it.
  • To make or draw a fish in a three-dimensional form, it is necessary to mentally “dissect” it with horizontal planes at different heights. For example, the first section is performed at the level of the ventral fins, the second – at the level of the lateral line, and the third – at the level of the dorsal fin. Each section is drawn in a separate layer of resin. First, the pectoral and ventral fins are drawn. In order for them to take their place, it is necessary to mark their location using a pre-prepared template in the shape of a fish. Then a thin layer of resin is poured on top.
  • After the layer solidifies, the body, head and tail are drawn. The layer is filled in again. The tail and dorsal fin can be drawn in the upper layer. There is no clear division here. It is necessary to understand that the more sections are made, the better the three-dimensional figure will turn out. If some fish begin to form from the second layer, in others – from the third or from the fourth, then there will be an illusion that they swim at different depths.

Mini fish pond

Unfortunately, not everyone has artistic data. But fish in epoxy resin is a craft available to everyone. You can order blanks in the form of stickers in the online store and start pouring. These stickers have already been cut out along the contour. It remains only to form resin layers.

The image obtained with the help of paints and a brush is of higher quality. If you have to agree with the proposed number of layers when buying templates, then you can achieve an amazing effect with a drawing.


This technique is implemented in the manufacture of a countertop. Its principle is that the basis of the countertop is two slabs. These are longitudinal cuts of the tree trunk, which are laid at some distance from each other. The space between the slabs is filled with a blue-tinted resin. The finishing filling is made with transparent epoxy.

Slabs imitate the banks, the blue layer – the river. For a more colorful image, the edges of the slabs are decorated with sand or shells. There are many variations in this regard. Standing reservoirs are created in the same way. If you add vegetation, you can get pictures of lakes and ponds.


Compositions depicting the depths of the sea should also be attributed to the considered category of products. The principle remains the same, but a certain variation allows you to radically change the visual representation. The bottom line is that wood cuts or plywood sheets are laid out in layers so that each upper layer is smaller in area than the previous lower one. Thus, a kind of sea canyon is formed.

The resin is poured in separate portions. The greater the simulated depth, the darker the shade should be. The result is similar to the depth distribution pattern in geographical maps, but artificial canyons add realism to the composition.

Epoxy resin paintings

You can create real works of art from epoxy resin. The Resin Art technique, known as epoxy painting, allows artists to express their creativity. When using a more viscous material, the master can apply layers of resin of different colors without fear of mixing the border areas. Such properties of the compound prompted the idea of creating paintings.

Often the formation of images does not require special artistic skills. It is only necessary to understand the combination of colors.

The image itself turns out to be abstract. There are quite realistic paintings. The marine theme in the art of Resin Art has become the dominant direction.

Epoxy resin paintings

The sea is filled with epoxy resin, tinted blue. The shore is filled with fine sand with shells. Imitation of waves near the shore is achieved by applying streaks of white paint or foaming resin in certain areas. More professional craftsmen create relief paintings. Waves are not just drawn in them, but their shape is also visible on the surface.

A handy tool for drawing pictures is a hair dryer. A stream of hot air heats the resin and simultaneously sets in motion the tinted layers. Catching up with one color on another, you can get different effects.

Getting realistic dioramas

Dioramas look very interesting. Here the water is imitated so realistically that sometimes you forget about the nature of its origin.

First, a cliche is made of plasticine. A relief in the form of waves is formed on the surface of the plate.

The wave surface can be represented as straight lines or circles. Then a plaster composition is poured onto this cliche. After its solidification, the workpiece is painted in a green-brown color. This is the color of water in a real pond, puddle or swamp.

Getting realistic dioramas

The moment of truth comes after pouring resin. At first it forms a flat surface. But after it begins to harden, the base is slightly tilted, and the resin flows down to one of the edges of the workpiece, repeating the outlines of the wave surface.

If the epoxy is too liquid, it will form a horizontal surface again. It is necessary to catch such a moment that the resin takes an undulating relief and freezes in this state.

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Gavin Edwards
I'm a designer and an art expert by profession. I'm fond of working with different uncommon materials, including epoxide resin, acryl. I'm keen on learning the experience of the masters worldwide, I translate the material and publish it here on my website to share it with involved people.
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