Every now and then I get an email from a new resin artist and I worry a little.
They are just about to try pouring Envirotex Lite (or another product from Environmental Technologies Inc.) on a newly finished piece of art. I want to email right back "wait, did you do some test pieces first?!!?!!"
The more you experiment with resin the more you learn about what it can do. For example, I love how it makes black really black. I also love the glossy sheen. And, I really appreciate how it makes my paper or collage permanently stick to a surface. This sample is a good way to experiment. On this board I have glued and then protected my paper images with Ultra Seal. You can use mod podge to both glue and seal paper too.
I made a small batch of Envirotex Lite and covered this one panel on my board.
This gave me a chance to see how the resin would look over the image. Note that it did not pour over the sides. I used a paint brush to apply the resin. The "glazed" rectangle looks brighter and finished.
I hope you all try a few small panels like this one before you work on a 12 x 12 finished collage.