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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33 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. Cells โ€“ a goal of many acrylic pour painters, to create movement in their paint layers where the paint on top separates and allows colors underneath to show through, usually in round or organic shapes.

    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. Iโ€™m just getting all the stuff I need together before starting pouring for the first time, Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m in the U.K. so I need to get my supplies from here, I canโ€™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.

    2. Hi Amanda
      I’m new to acrylic pouring and have used dimethicone to try to create cells, still working on getting the ratios right. I have also watched some videos on youtube where artists use many different products like, treadmill lubricant, liquid wrench, and believe it or not, I saw one video with the artist using personal lubricants. Check out some videos on youtube and see what alternatives to silicone oil people are using.
      Hope this helps!
      Happy painting ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Amanda, Bunnings at Balgowlah sell Floetrol.
      I am at the moment reading all about Acrylic Pouring and want to start doing it myself. Have just bought the largest bottle (4 L) of Floetrol for $52 odd. 1 L costs $24 odd. Thus a big saving buying big.
      Good luck.

    4. Hi Amanda,

      Try any of your stores that sell house paint. It is an additive that eliminates brush marks and improves leveling. It is a latex based paint additive. I had no idea what floetrol was when I first started reading about the acrylic pours. I stumbled onto it in one of our large building supply stores. The brand name is “Flood” and it has been on the market since 1841, the bottle says. I am sure there are other variations of this out there that you can find easily in your area paint stores. It should not be expensive. I paid less than 15.00 here in Florida at a Home Depot store, for a quart. Good luck…it is so fun!

    1. Floetrol is a paint thinner and conditioner. It is added to the paint in place of a pouring medium to thin the paint to the right consistency for pouring.

      1. Hi Deby,

        I love watching your videos! Thank you for sharing! I replied to a question from Amanda who is struggling to find Floetrol. I know you are in the Caymans, and I have seen posts by people in other countries looking for it outside the US. I am in Florida and have access to it right down the road at my local home improvement store with the house paint…but before I found it there by accident, I too went to Amazon to find it, and paid three times the normal price. I know you have limited access to supplies, as do some other people searching for specific brands. I am wondering if you go to a store that sells house paint and ask for a latex based paint additive to reduce brush marks and help with leveling, there might be something similar that is readily available for anyone looking for floetrol. It is really inexpensive off the Lowes and Home Depot shelf here. There has to be a more cost effective and available product that paint stores carry locally for all of you, that goes by another name we don’t know about yet.

  4. HI Deby. Quick question…if you buy the Liquitex ‘high flow’ paints, do you still need to add a pouring medium or Floetrol?

    1. Hmm, I’m not familiar with the Liquitex High Flow paints, but if they are anything like the Golden High Flow Acrylics, then yes you still need to use a pouring medium. Not to thin them, but to actually thicken them even, because they can be literally like water if used on their own, and would cost far too much to work with them. Golden recommend using teh GAC800 with their high flow at a ratio of 20 parts medium to 1 part paint.

      1. Oops, sorry, I meant the Golden high flow paints! Thanks for the information. Now I won’t waste any expensive paint by thinking I needed no pouring medium!

  5. Is there a way to make a removable border on the canvas so that the poured paint will stay in one area and then remove it when the paint is dry, sort of lije a batik resist

    1. I’ve seen a few people try, but its often not that successful. Straight lines can be more easily obtained with a masking tape, but other shapes are difficult. If you find a foolproof way, do let us know.

    1. I honestly wouldn’t know. I’m not even sure why you would want to make your own pouring medium from scratch but I guess if you have a chemical background it might be interesting. I think there are experts out there making pouring mediums of all sorts for me, so I’d much rather go with one of the tried and tested products on the market, then even think about making my own.

      1. HI Deby.
        thanks for your reply.The reason for asking is because its very expensive in South Africa. Flutrol is also not available here.

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