Basic supplies to get started in Acrylic Pouring

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If you would love to get involved in the craze of acrylic pouring art and make your own stunning abstract and colorful art full of cells, then you will need to invest in a few simple supplies. Don’t underestimate how much you are going to get hooked on your new hobby. Seriously, you could probably go all-in and create 20 or more paintings in your first week. Make sure you’ll have plenty of surfaces to practice on.

You’ll need paint (obviously) – get a lot of it. Get yourself some larger bottles of the economy acrylic paints in all the most popular and basic colors. Then supplement with the smaller craft paints for a wider color range, as well as adding in specialty paints such as pearls, metallics, and glitters. Make sure to get plenty of black and white because you’ll most likely use these two the most.

Then there are a lot of other smaller and inexpensive supplies to get you started. We’ve created a kit with links below for you to check out. You can click on each image to get more details. There are three pages, so use the arrows to navigate to the next page.

You can also see the full kit recommendations and much larger images with descriptions in the kit separate page here. There is even a ‘Buy All On Amazon’ button at the top of the kit, just under the description. We suggest hitting the Buy All On Amazon and then when you come to check out, remove any items that you don’t need. Easier than adding items one at a time!

Now arm yourself with all the supplies you need to get started in acrylic pouring and you’ll soon be able to create your own unique works of art. If you can think of anything missing from this kit that you think is essential, do leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add it.

Essential basic supplies needed to begin your exciting new hobby for acrylic pouring painting. Beginners should read this and get all the right supplies for acrylic pouring.

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15 thoughts on “Basic supplies to get started in Acrylic Pouring”

  1. I’ve been trying some pouring have used liquitex pouring liquid the glazing compound pvc glue and water . I cannot get many to no cells what am I doing wrong

    1. I had considered it, but they take such a high commission and then they tax me on top even though I am not in the US. Ends up with almost nothing left of the price. I’m happy to have fewer sales and build a more personal relationship with the readers.

    1. It’s probably best to think about the volume of the total mix needed rather than just the pouring medium, because that depends on your recipe. Are you in our Facebook chat group? We have a table in there and suggestions by several members in the group files section, about how to estimate how much paint you need for any size of painting. This is the LINK HERE, although you need to be a group member to read the document.

      1. Re pouring medium, I am not on Facebook and don’t wish to be, is there another way to get details about volume etc as a subscriber? By the way I downloaded onto my iPad and therefore was able to transfer your book onto iBooks which enables me to reference the info without keep going into the email. Really enjoying it, thank you.

        1. In that case I suggest trying the Art Resin calculator as a guide for how much paint you might need for any surface size. You will probably want to mix a little more than suggested to allow for the overspill, but it should give you a starting point.

    2. The larger the canvas, the more the weight of the paint causes the canvas to sag–and the more paint you would need (and more time to dry). You need to support the underside or consider a solid surface to pour onto.

  2. I’m just getting all the stuff I need together before starting pouring for the first time, I’ve read that you need to strain the paint to avoid lumps and bumps but the strainers come in all different sizes. Can you tell me what size and type please.

      1. Thanks Deby, I did see that on one of the posts but I’m in the U.K. so I need to get my supplies from here, I can’t get the exact ones but will just order a fine mesh. Thanks for your help, love your demonstrations and looking forward to giving it a go.

  3. Hi Deby,
    Loving your site and all your helpful hints and tips. I’m really looking forward to giving acrylic pouring a go. I am in Australia and struggling to find places that supply floetrol and silicone oil. Do you now any alternate names for these products that may be available. I am also finding that amazon don’t ship some of the products to Australia at this stage. Still waiting on Amazon to set up shop down under!

    1. Hi Amanda. If you check out our Amazon pouring page, it does give you alternatives you can look for. I know they won’t ship to you, but at least you’ll get an idea of the alternatives that people are using for mediums and oils. Maybe you can get a local brand pouring medium from your art stores there? And I suggest the dimethicone hair serums for making cells if you can’t find the treadmill oil in any large sports supply stores. Hope that helps.

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