How to Use a Butane Torch for Acrylic Pouring Art

Just why do you need a torch for acrylic pour painting? What does the torch do? How does the torch create cells? Do you even need a torch at all? What features should the torch have and how do you refill it? So many questions about using a torch for acrylic pouring – here are all the answers.

Quick Links
For your convenience, here are store links to items we mentioned in this article.
Chef's Torch
Ideal for use with acrylic pouring
JB Chef Culinary Micro Butane Torch
Refillable Cooking Kitchen Blow Torch With Safety Lock & Adjustable Flame
Culinary Torch - Creme Brulee Torch
Features Anti-Flare technology with Safety Lock for Worry Free operation.
Culinary Torch Lighter for Creme Brulee
Handheld Butane Blow Torch for Art and Crafts by Ingeniosity Products
Zippo Premium Butane Fuel
For use with Flex Necks, Candle Lighters, and Outdoor Utility Lighters
BonJour Chef's Tools
Butane gas powered; Features a fuel level indicator window, an extra-long nozzle with anti-flare flame
Butane Blow Torch For Home & Pro Chefs
Features a highly durable sturdy metal body that is small, lightweight, and portable
BIC Multi-purpose Lighter
Long durable metal wand keeps hands away from fire.
JUN-L Micro Butane Gas Torch Lighter
Self standing made from the most superior light-weight materials
Butane gas refill can
For use with Flex Necks, Candle Lighters, and Outdoor Utility Lighters
BBQ Lighter
Used as an alternative for Butane gas

Using a torch in acrylic pouring. Which torch should I buy for acrylic pouring, what features does it need and how do I refill it

Welcome to the first in my new series of Acrylic Pouring Snippets. I’ll try to answer your quick questions and show beginners some of the basics about equipment, tools, techniques and paints. I think a video format is a great way to learn something new, so that you can actually see it in action and watch how things work. These articles will also be handy to refer people too when these questions come up, as they often do, in our pouring chat group.

Today we will look at the torch. I’ll talk about the features and the knobs on my torch and show you how to use them. We will talk about what the torch does and why you might want to use it. Are you a bit concerned about using a butane torch on your paint? Then I have a smaller alternative you might feel more comfortable with – take a look.

Choose and buy your torch and butane refill:

Chefs torches ideal for use with acrylic pouring:
Amazon USA
Amazon CA
Amazon UK

Butane gas refill can
Or the BBQ lighter as an alternative

I hope I covered most of what you need to know in this video. I’m looking forward to perhaps doing a once a week or once every two weeks Acrylic Pouring Snippets video, so please do let me know what topics you think would be useful to cover. Want to save this or tell others about acrylic pouring? Please do share this article and video in your chat groups, and Pin to your painting and pouring boards on Pinterest. I love it when you share  🙂 Thank you.


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.


  1. I shared this to the Facebook group for students of my classes. I love sharing your videos with them!

  2. Loved the Snipit about the Torch.

    I would like one about measuring tools and getting accurate measurements while preparing paint for a pour.

  3. Thank you!! Thanks! I’ve had the most difficult time in filling my torch. I’ve bled it!! I’ve so many times tried to fill it! And only
    Surprised if i got a flame. Going to try your tips today. I sure haven’t filled it right

  4. I was just checking all the ideas that we co do in acrylic painting and its really awesome. I need to buy the tools needed and try to create my own.

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