Updated: May 11, 2022
ArtWorks Resin Canada is super excited to be carrying the Le' Rez Expressions product line of colourants. The majority of the Le' Rez epoxy pastes are mixed by the owner of Le' Rez Expressions, artist Suzana Danks, using her own recipes, which makes them extra unique. They are all hand picked and tested by Suzana. Have a peak through all her colours, and I'm sure you'll agree, they are ultra gorgeous. Because the mixing process is individual and not factory produced, sometimes quantities are limited, or stock may be low until a new batch is made. You will sometimes see out of stock on certain colours, but please know will refill our stock as they become available to us again.
Le' Rez offers a variety of mica powder pigments suitable for acrylic, oil and resin applications, along with epoxy pigment pastes, plus resin tints. These are some of the best quality and beautiful pigments on the market at a reasonable price.
”Le’Rez Expressions micas can be mixed with Golden GAC800 or Liquitex pouring medium, to use with acrylics, Linseed oil to use as oil paints, alcohol to create alcohol inks...they are also FDA approved and a cosmetic grade so you can use them as make up😉!”
The Le' Rez Mica powders are a selection of beautiful Pearlescent and Luster Metal powder pigments made from Mica Flakes, coated in minerals which attract as well as reflect the light, giving them a pearlescent shimmer. Their strong concealing properties and super fine consistency allows them to mix exceptionally well with mediums such as Resin, glue, varnish, paint, pastes, and various oils to attain a silky metal luster.
Different shades of colour and consistency can be achieved by adding more or less pigment to your medium.
Le' Rez Mica Pigment Powders are formulated with raw materials that have been examined, tested and deemed safe by the FDA and can be used with other FDA compliant mediums for applications requiring food contact.
Basic Instructions for Le' Rez Expressions Mica Pigment Powders:
When mixing Le' Rez mica pigment powders with resin, a common ratio is to start with about 3-5% powder up to 10% (some transparents may need a bit more) of pigment powder to resin ratio. If more colour is needed, add little by little,. Keep in mind, If you add too much colourant you can create an imbalance in the resin ratio, and cause an imbalance which can cause premature exotherm issues and can effect the resin cure.
Basic Instructions for Le' Rez Expressions Epoxy Pastes:
Le' Rez Epoxy Pastes are formulated for use with Epoxy Resin only. They mix really well by adding them in to mixed resin (A+B), at a ratio of up to 10% paste to resin depending on desired transparency. Stir paste in jars before use.
When mixing Le' Rez epoxy pigment pastes with resin, start with a tiny amount, as you really don't need much since pastes tend to be very concentrated. The iridescent or transparent pigments often need more added. Start with about 1-2%, and add slowly if needed, add up to a maximum of 10% colourant to resin ratio.
The Le'Rez Angel White is very popular for lacing. Some people like to put a bit of clear under it first, then apply the white tinted resin over that, torch lightly then manipulate lacing/waves with tool of choice. Some use a heat gun on low, or blow dryer hot but low air, or silicone spatula or other tools. All these pastes tend to cell/lace quite easily when poured over another colour with different densities., then manipulated. It just may take each person a bit of practise. Be aware thinner (lower viscosity) resins might not hold the shape however, so do a few tests with resin of choice.
Metallic Epoxy Pigment Pastes formulated to be used in epoxy resin only. Uniquely created and mixed by hand exclusive to Le'Rez Expressions (& distributors), therefore stock may be limited from time to time. Always stir in your metallic pastes to insure that thepure pigment and binders are well mixed.
Keep in mind, If you add too much colourant you can create an imbalance in the resin ratio, and cause an imbalance which can cause premature exotherm issues and can effect the resin cure.
IMPORTANT - Please NOTE
Le'Rez Metallic pastes may slightly harden/solidify in colder conditions, but don't be alarmed, they are not old or bad. They are very easily restored to a liquid state by heating. This is partially due to the binder being affected by going from a warm climate to our colder climate, but also due to the high volume of pigments. This is easily remedied. You can put the paste container in a ziplock bag & set in a bowl of warm water, or on a heating pad, or for fastest approach, carefully use heat gun on a low heat setting. Heat 10 seconds, stir, then heat additional 10 seconds, & repeat until no longer solidified. Be careful not to overheat with heat gun, as overheating jar can warp jar. There is a quick video on the Le'Rez Expressions YouTube page showing how to warm the paste up, should it occur.
Paste volume in jars may differ from colour to colour, due to different densities and weight of the pigment itself. They are packaged by weight, not volume.
***This YouTube video shows how you can warm up the Le’Rez Expressions metallic & pearlescent pastes that may have solidified due to our cooler climate.
Le' Rez Transparent Liquid Pigment Tints are very versatile. Besides using them in resin, they can be used in other mediums as well. These tints can be used as a type of water colour by adding drops of tint to water, or add tints to paint directly to change colour, or add to acrylic or oil mediums to create paint, or add to resin (up to approx. 6% ratio), or add to any other non alcohol mediums. The possibilities are endless. To make them opaque, add to an opaque pigment. To turn them into a pastel matte colour, add white.
These tints do not work like alcohol inks and should not be dripped in resin (like petri style effect), as it will not cure properly if you do. But once mixed in resin, you can add a few drops of alcohol for achieving certain effects. Alcohol inks are not lightfast so often fade, however transparent tints are lightfast and do not fade like alcohol inks.
Le'Rez Expressions Glitters in jars
Le'Rez has some very pretty glitters, and unique mixes too. They have loads of bling and sparkle for those projects requiring some glitter.
Tip: Powders & pastes shift during shipping. Opening fine powders/glitters with a moistened paper towel (wet wipe, baby wipe or alcohol wipe), helps contain & prevent some of the dust going into the air & all over your hands upon opening. Pastes often get full pressure inside jars during travel, so open cautiously. Open over protected surface in case loose powder drops, or paste releases during opening.
To see tutorials using various Le'Rez Expressions products, they do have a YouTube page you can follow. As we are able, we will try to add some tutorials to our brand new you tube page as well.