Create a Beautiful Ocean Scene on Virtually Any Surface!

2 Materials
45 Minutes

Alumilite Ocean Art Kit Tutorial by Mixed Media Girl

This post was sponsored by Alumilite. All opinions are my own.

Music by Josephine’s Alibi

Step 1: Mix your epoxy

Mix your epoxy with equal parts A and B. Mix up about 3 ounces per square foot of surface (if your surface is 2 square feet, you would need about 6 ounces of epoxy and would mix 3 ounces of part A and 3 ounces of part B). Mix up slightly more than you need to ensure you have enough epoxy for your project.

Step 2: Mix your colors

Divide your clear epoxy into 4 containers and add your colors. For the blue, ocean blue, and tan colors use equal parts of the resin, with less resin in your cup for the white (you need the least amount of white for your project). Use no more than 15% of your colorant to the epoxy, though I recommend using only 5-10%. The less color you add, the more transparent and light your colors will be.

Step 3: Add blue epoxy to your surface

Start out by pouring the blue resin on your surface, then add some of the ocean blue next to that. Spread these around on your surface as far as you want the water to go. Add white as desired to lighten up the blue or add some interest. Don’t forget to cover the sides of your project.

Step 4: Add tan epoxy to your surface

Add your tan color, covering the rest of your surface up to the blue area. You can also add real sand on top of this if you would like. Don’t forget to cover the sides of your project.

Step 5: Add white epoxy to your surface

Add a line of white in between the tan and blue, as well as in the blue as desired. You can add as many waves as you wish. Start out slow with the white, you can come back in with more later on if you wish.

Step 6: Create your waves

Use a heat gun to spread the white out, pushing it over the tan and over the blue. You can also push some of the blue over the white. You will see as the epoxy moves around it will create some lacing, mimicking crashing waves. Add as many waves as you like.

Step 7: Clear coat as desired

Let your piece cure for about 24 hours, then apply a clear top coat if desired. At this stage you can also add more layers of waves if you wish, which will give your piece more depth. If you are doing this on a piece of furniture, always finish with a final clear coat.

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2 questions
  • Amy Patterson Buchert
    Amy Patterson Buchert
    on Aug 8, 2020

    What clear coat do you use?

    • Tina Camire
      Tina Camire
      on Aug 22, 2020

      It should have a nice sheen with the epoxy on its own. But I believe the reference is just an additional clear epoxy coat

  • Cindy
    on Mar 28, 2021

    Do you have to use a heat gun? Love love this! Beautiful! Kiddos!!!

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