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.

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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.

18 thoughts on “How to Use a Butane Torch for Acrylic Pouring Art”

  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

    1. The same happened to me! I finally got a full-on blow torch. I just keep the flame rally low, and I have a fire extinguisher in reach. It takes much less time when pouring a 16 x 20 canvas!

  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.

    1. What’s the difference between torch and heat gun. If it is heat you are looking for wouldn’t they both serve same purpose?

  5. I’m so happy I found your website!! As a beginner art student well in my 40’s, I can definitely relate to the part where people discourage you from perusing an art education. I was really looking for glitter and acrylic paint examples, and you happened. I’m definitely going to try the acrylic pouring technique and since I just requested to join your FB group, perhaps post my results.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I truly love the final results of this technique.

  6. Excellent video and explanations of the torch of what you use it for and why, and even how to use and refill it. Thank you.

  7. Annemarie Doolin

    Very helpful Deby I’m feeling more confident now. Thanks for sharing I appreciate the info!

  8. Asking questions are actually pleasant thing if you are not
    understanding anything completely, however this paragraph gives nice understanding even.

  9. Great little snippet I’ve had a chefs torch for over a year and been too scared to use as wasn’t sure how to use it. Now I know and can use it with confidence,thank you

  10. Karen Spurrier

    Thank you for making this video! I’ve recently started acrylic pouring after watching hundreds of hours of YouTube videos. But I bought a larger butane torch, and I’m afraid I’ll catch my house on fire! This was really helpful. Thank you.

  11. A good place to buy a butane torch and your butane refills is a smoke shop ! Two reasons why #1 the price which can range from $1.99 – $40.00 and up . #2 Size you can purchase a small torch which is about the size of a bic lighter or the size of the torch in the video or even a larger size! Then as far as refills go prices start at about $3.99 and up , and one other tip to look for, when buying a refill is the X-times refined, personally I buy the 7X , because the cleaner the butane, the better the flame!

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