Acrylic pouring on a budget with cheap paints

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We’ve had an expensive year and we agreed not to buy each other Christmas presents this year. Hubby was a sweetheart and broke the rules and he did buy me some paints from our local equivalent of the Dollar Store, so I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to try some acrylic pouring on a budget.

Acrylic pouring on a budget. How to get started with acrylic pouring without spending a lot of money. What are the essential supplies, and what cheap supplies can you use and still get great results

If you are new to the idea of acrylic pouring, or on a restricted budget, you might want to just give it a try with some cheaper materials before splashing out on something more expensive. You might find that you try it and don’t like it (I don’t think that will happen!) so let’s see how we can start out learning with some basic and affordable paints and supplies to get started.

Supplies for acrylic pouring on a budget:

Paints – dollar store craft paints are fine to get started (check out some of the inexpensive options here)
Pouring Medium – PVA glue works fine for practice and learning (compare potential pouring mediums here)
Surfaces – economy canvases or ceramic tiles (economy canvases here)
An additive for cells (optional) – you probably already have something at home that might work (check out suggested options here)
Cups/pots/sticks – old yogurt pots, glass jars, coffee stirrers etc
Clean and tidy supplies – plastic for your work surface and some paper towels

So you don’t need much to get started. You might already have much of what you need around the home. If you fancy giving it a try, just to see if you like it, then grab some cheap paints and supplies and jump right in. Your first few pours will probably not be the best art you’ve ever seen, but keep at it. It can take a few tries to get the paint consistency right, but then suddenly the magic will happen and you’ll be amazed at how much fun this can be!

Acrylic pouring for beginners - full video class for everything yo uneed to know to get started with fluid acrylics

Here are just a few quick photos of my budget pour using the economy paints with PVA as a pouring medium, on a ceramic tile.

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3 thoughts on “Acrylic pouring on a budget with cheap paints”

    1. PVA is the general purpose white glue – like the Elmers Glue that I showed in the video. It’s available cheaply in craft, DIY and stationery stores. Floetrol is perferable over Glue All though if you don’t mind paying a bit extra.

  1. These are good tips for myself “beginners”. Your Pour on a Budget turned out better than I would have imagined. Thanks for the tips.

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