It’s that time of year again when fall seems like it’s just around the corner, and soon everyone will be back to school. The summer’s nearly done, and that means the slow roll into the calendar when holidays and back to school supplies start adding up. Still want to pour and create, but feeling the pinch? We’ve got you covered—with the best budget guide for acrylic pouring supplies that will keep you (and your wallet!) happy.
Best Economy Paints
Our favorite acrylic paint bundles all the basic colors (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, brown, pink, blue, black, and double the white). Grab this 12-bottle bundle to get started or help you through when you need to paint for less.
Cheap Pouring Medium Dupes
For a cheaper pouring medium, try Elmer’s Glue-All! You’re probably already rummaging through the house for Elmer’s glue if you’ve read our guide for pouring medium alternatives, but we’ll go ahead and clue you into the best-kept secret of pouring mediums. Elmer’s Glue All is cheap and you might get to use it for more than just pouring. Try it in 1-gallon bulk size that will save you in the long run.
Supplies You Can Use More than Once
One of the hardest parts about acrylic pouring is keeping everything clean and learning how to keep waste down. You don’t have to throw everything away once it’s covered in paint if you start with the right supplies!
For mixing cups:
You can recycle these plastic cups with lids instead of tossing plastic party cups out with every pour.
If you prefer to re-use your supplies, try these washable cups with sturdy lids for long-wearing pour cups!
Popsicle sticks: They may seem like a one-and-done tool, but you can effectively re-use popsicle sticks—even the wooden kinds! Just wash them after you’re done and let them dry.
Canvases in Bulk
If you love to pour, you’ve got to have something to pour on. Try getting your canvases in multi-packs so you don’t run out. We suggest getting a couple different sizes of multi-packs so you have more freedom when choosing your next project. Buying these in bulk can keep your cost per canvas down to less than $3 per canvas.
Pro tip: Don’t forget you can re-use and paint over the canvases, and be sure to keep an eye out for unusual things to pour on like thrift store items, old tables, wood planks—if you can imagine it, you can pour on it!
Torches that Won’t Torch Your Budget
It’s tempting to want to jump right in and achieve all the looks you see on our Facebook group, but it can be hard to keep up with people who seem to have unlimited resources and the best torches around. You can achieve the same look with lighters, especially the wand kind! Buy multi-packs here to chase those perfect cells for less.
Beginner’s Kits & Bundles
If you’re looking for the best of starter bundles or want to gift someone everything they’ll need to get going, try our hand-picked bundle here.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned. You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.