How do you color epoxy resin?

My favorite resin project is to embed flowers in the clear, colorless epoxy and make colorful coasters. But the only problem is that the transparent resin can’t be colored directly.

However, there are many ways to color epoxy resin. In this article, we will discuss some of these methods and techniques in detail.

Can you use food coloring in epoxy resin?

While food coloring is certainly tempting, it’s not recommended. The reason: food coloring is not food safe (which means it’s not safe for consumption).

It also may not be compatible with epoxy resin and may end up ruining your project if you use it. If you want to add color to your epoxy resin, there are other options—such as fabric or paper dyes, or pigments—that won’t compromise the integrity of your finished product.

Can color be added to epoxy?

You can add color to epoxy resin with pigments and dyes. There are a few ways to do this:

  • Add the pigment directly to your resin, then mix it up
  • Mix the pigment into some of your hardeners and stir that into your resin
  • Use a tinted hardener (which is already colored) instead of clear or white. If this isn’t an option, try adding food coloring!

Can you color epoxy resin with acrylic paint?

Acrylic paint is a great way to color epoxy resin. When you mix the two together, your epoxy resin will be less likely to crack or peel in the future. Acrylic paint is also easy to find and has a wide variety of colors available.

If you’re interested in using this method for coloring your epoxy resin, here are some tips:

  • Use acrylic paint only—don’t use other kinds of paints because they may not stick well after drying
  • Make sure that the surface is clean before you start painting it

What is the best way to add color to resin?

The best way to add color to epoxy resin is with a paintbrush. However, there are several other options that may be more convenient for you depending on the size of your project and the type of project surface.

  • A small paint roller can be used for large surfaces such as tabletops or large furniture pieces.
  • Use a paint pen if you need to add detail work or lettering that requires accuracy and precision in small spaces (for example, writing on tags).
  • Paint sticks are great for adding color to small items like jewelry and accessories. They’re also useful if you want to hand-paint an item rather than using stencils or stamps because they offer much greater control over where the paint goes than brushes do (especially if the item has curved sides).
  • Food coloring will give your projects an interesting twist—it’s non-toxic so it’s safe for kids’ toys but beware: food coloring isn’t designed for long-term use; using it regularly could cause staining/fading over time!

What can be used to color epoxy?

There are many things you can use to color epoxy resin. Dyes, alcohol ink, acrylic paint, enamel paint, and Mod Podge are some of the most common.

Pigments are also an option for coloring your epoxy resin as well as watercolor and glitter.

What can I color resin with?

You can color epoxy resin with a number of different materials, including:

  • Alcohol ink
  • Acrylic paint
  • Food coloring (you’ll have to be careful with this one since it can stain your skin)
  • Glitter (the kind that’s not too fine) and metallic dust like mica and pearls.

Can you use nail polish to color epoxy resin?

The short answer is no. If you’re looking for a way to color epoxy resin, nail polish isn’t recommended. Nail polish contains chemicals that can damage the resin and make it more difficult to work with.

If you choose to use nail polish anyway, be sure to test it first on an inconspicuous area of your piece before applying the entire surface with a brush or by dipping it in the bottle of colored resin.

Can you use alcohol ink to color epoxy resin?

Yes, you can use alcohol ink to color epoxy resin. However, it’s not a good choice for this purpose. Alcohol ink is a water-based pigment ink and is not compatible with epoxy resin.

Here are a couple of reasons why we don’t recommend using alcohol ink for coloring epoxy resin:

  • It will wash off in the rain after about 12 hours or less as soon as the surface becomes wet from moisture in the air, leaving you with an ugly streaky mess on your creation!
  • It will rub off onto the skin easily unless you use some kind of protective layers like Mod Podge or another sealant over the top of your piece before adding any coloration so that it doesn’t stick when touched again later down the road (which could happen if someone picks up one of these pieces without realizing how temporary they really are!).


Adding color to your epoxy resin is a great way to personalize your project and make it truly unique. There are many different ways that you can do this, depending on the supplies you have available.

You may want to experiment with a few different methods before deciding which will work best for you.

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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