Acrylic Paint Pouring Supplies – Essentials and Fancy Add-ons

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with Love

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with LoveHave you watched some hypnotizing pouring videos on Youtube and now also want to do this magic? Great! Then it's time for some shopping! And in this article, I'm going to cover all the acrylic paint pouring supplies that you are going to need, and then some!

I'm sure you've seen different artists using different materials, and it can get quite confusing. What is essential and what is optional? 

For a start, you need the following must-haves: paint, pouring medium, surface to pour on, cups to mix paint and medium together, and disposable gloves for hand's protection. All the other additives and tool are totally optional and are only meant for certain techniques and visual effects.

But even knowing what's essential, how to choose the right paint/medium/surface? Down below, I'll give you all my best recommendation and tips so you can make a confident choice knowing exactly what you need.

Alright, my artistic friends, let's get right into things!


Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with Love

There is no painting without the paint. What is the best paint for pouring technique? You need to use a soft body (low viscosity) paint. The reason is that you want your paint to be quite fluid so you don't need to mix it with water or stir too much with pouring medium trying to get nice even consistency. Medium body (for example Liquitex Basics line) is also ok.

What about the quality? You should buy the best quality you can afford. Ideally, you would want to get an artist-grade fluid acrylic paint, like Liquitex Soft Body or Golden High Flow. But realistically, those paints are very expensive, and if you are reading this article, chances are that you are a beginner who doesn't want to get a loan from the bank to be able to a start pouring experimenting. No worries! Here are some affordable, yet decent quality products that a perfect for beginners and even pros looking to experiment with something new:

Sargent Art Acrylic Paint, 12 Piece Set

Check out this set here. Some basic colors are also available in a bigger size - Sargent Art 16-Ounce Acrylic Paint

Handy Art 8 Primary Acrylic Paint Set

Nice set of primaries + couple extras, so you can practice mixing your own colors.

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece

Don't feel like mixing? Enjoy the selection of this nice set!

Pouring Medium

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with LoveAcrylic Pouring Medium is absolutely essential if you want to experiment with pouring technique. This medium decreasing the viscosity of the paint helping it flow more freely without the change in the colors.

Which acrylic pouring medium to choose? Three most popular products for pouring are Floetrol Flood, Liquitex Pouring Medium and Golden Gac 800. I have a very nice and detailed article with VIDEO comparison dedicated to this subject - Acrylic Pouring Medium – 3 Most Popular Brands, check it out to get info about each of those mediums.

If you live in the country where none of those available, start out with PVA glue. But don't buy the cheapest, find a decent quality, otherwise, it will crack over time.

Painting Surface

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with Love

Painting surface, also known as a painting support, is definitely necessary for painting and pouring.

What can you pour on? Generally, you can pour on anything that is not oily and not completely glass-smooth, otherwise dry coat of paint will peel right off. Also, the surface has to be sturdy (so, for example, canvas panel wouldn't work, as a paper panel in it will bend over time).

The best surfaces for pouring are canvas and wooden panel. Good quality panels are quite expensive, so the canvas is an absolute winner and the most popular among pros and beginners. You can read a super informative article Canvas for Painting – Types and Differences to find out all you need to know about this great support. Start with smaller sizes, learn to cover the whole surface, move on to bigger pieces.

Cups, jars, craft sticks

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with LoveAll those handy acrylic paint pouring supplies are needed for mixing paint and medium together. Get plastic cups rather than paper, and you would be able to wash and reuse them (especially if you are using Floetrol as a medium because it's pretty easy to wash), make sure to get several sizes.

Having some containers with tight lids is also very handy - you can preserve any extra paint you've mixed for the next pour. Also, it's a very good idea to have some squeeze sauce bottles on hand - you can create some very interesting effects using those.

You don't need to buy everything brand new all the time. Use anything from around the house, whatever you would normally throw in a recycle, like cups, jars, bottles, containers - give them a second life!

And craft sticks are all you need to stir paint and medium together.

Disposable Gloves

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with LoveYou might be surprised to see gloves in this list, but actually, gloves are must have/use. First of all, for safety reasons, for instance, it's recommended to avoid skin contact with Floetrol. Second - ease of cleaning. Keep your hands clean and your manicure will thank you if you are not going to have paint stuck to your skin and under your nails every single time.

Also, Liquitex pouring medium is super hard to clean, so if this is your choice of medium, don't even think about using it without gloves. Get yourself a package of disposable gloves, and it will last you a while.

Extra love and additional acrylic paint pouring supplies

All the supplies I've listed above are necessary for pouring. In this section, I'm going to talk about extras that are great to experiment with to achieve some interesting effects.

And the first one would be the acrylic pouring drip container - awesome and easy DIY project that is super convenient + saves you time&cleaning. You can find all the necessary step-by-step instructions and supplies needed in this post - Acrylic Pouring Drip Container DIY Project.

Butane Torch

A torch is great for two things:

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with Love1. Cells creation. And you can truly create some amazing cells effects, directing the heat of the torch to a spot where you need it. You can "break" the boring top layer of the paint to help the bottom layer pop up creating beautiful cells. Also, the torch is a must have if you are adding silicone to your paint (read below).

2. Air Bubbles elimination. You are supposed to let you paint+medium mixtures sit for like 30 min before pouring to let the air bubbles pop, but sometimes it's not enough, and this is when the torch also comes in handy.

I don't recommend you to buy a big one. There is a variety of small and handy torches that are called culinary, chefs, craft, micro etc. I personally have this Micro Torch. It has a nice small stand and is easy and safe to use. I love using the torch and do it pretty much all the time. Also, get butane fuel for the refill.

Additives for Cells:

1. Silicone: You can get enough cells with just a pouring medium, but silicone oil is used as an additive that helps in the creation of ultimate dynamic cells. Adding just a few drops to your paint+medium mixture can make a huge difference.

It's recommended to use pure 100% silicone rather than the one in a spray. The reason is that the last one has a lot of additives that can affect the longevity of your painting, besides it's messy to use and it smells.

Note: you have to use a torch when using a silicone to encourage the oil to rise from the bottom up to the surface of the painting.

2. Dimethicone: More expensive but skin-safe alternative to silicone. It works the same way as silicone in terms of cells creation, but it's much more suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Dimethicone is used in personal lubricants and beauty products, for example, this Coconut Milk for hair. This milk is a great additive for cells and it's used by many pouring artists. It does the job because it contains dimethicone. But pure stuff works even better if you can find it.

Supplies for different techniques:

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with Love1. Straw: you would need a couple of regular straws, and all you do is blow on the paint through the straw to create some magnificent wavy effects. I don't want to talk about it here too much, because shortly I'm going to post a detailed explanation of this technique and many other ones with videos, so stay tuned!

2. Measure cup with needle nose: this one isn't used as much for measuring, but it's super handy for a technique called '"ring pour". Just get it and you'll see how awesome it is! Videos coming soon! 🙂

3. Spatula, painting knife, paper towels: this is something you would need for a "swipe" technique.

4. Funnel: another great tool for a certain dirty pour technique.


Pouring Art is not a science, and you can measure everything approximately. But sometimes when you need to know the exact proportion or recreate a certain recipe, it's nice to have those on hand.

One Last Tip

Find out about all the essentials acrylic paint pouring supplies that you need to start, and then some! From Smart Art Materials with LoveI hope this article helps, and now you know exactly what kind of acrylic paint pouring supplies you need for a start and down the art journey.

One last tip: don't buy pouring mediums in the small size - get at least 32 ounces! You have no idea how much you are going to love to pour, and you'll need a lot of product! Same applies to canvases and paints (especially black and white colors)! This type of art is super rewarding, so don't underestimate how many pours you are going to create in a first day/week/month! 🙂

That is it for today, my friends. I would love to hear from you! What are the supplies that you use the most? What would you like me to talk about that is not on this list? Let me know!



10 thoughts on “Acrylic Paint Pouring Supplies – Essentials and Fancy Add-ons

  1. Mike says:

    This is a really cool article ! I have also checked your YouTube about mediums!
    How does someone come up with this stuff? Imagination that is greater than mine has to be used !
    I’ve watched some of the same videos and the information you provide and your video on par or even better !
    Great job !


    • Olga says:

      Thank you, Mike! Haha, this is a very good question how did someone come up with it.

      I guess someone just incidentally spilled some liquid paints and loved the outcome! And then turned it into a whole new style! 

  2. Tyler Redlev says:

    I had an interest in acrylic paint pouring for a long time. Not tat I’m a badass artist, but I just loved the style and feel that I can create some really awesome abstract effects with the flow technique.

    Here you have described some great materials and good technique on the subject. There are many materials to be present, but it’s a fun task no matter what!!

    • Olga says:

      Hi Tyler, acrylic paint pouring is a definitely beautiful, fun, and rewarding art. I love pretty much everything about it.

      Yes, you need to get a lot of supplies for a start, but once you did, you just can’t stop pouring! 🙂

  3. John Williams says:

    I could ask a 1000 questions ( but i wont lol )as i have never done anything like this b4 , but am deffo gunna give it a go cuz i need some artwork in my House too break up th blandness !
    Do you ever use a laquer or varnish to complete your pours in order to protect the finished work , and if so , what do u use ?
    What , in ur opinion are the pros and cons of doing Acrylic Art or Resin Art ?
    Thats it 4 now …… Big Thx !

    • Hi John! Thank you for all your questions and welcome to the world of Acrylic Pouring lol!
      I really like your approach to decorating your walls with your own art! Right on!

      I always varnish all of my paintings and pours. I want them to last a long-long time + resist the dust and UV light rays. For pours, I prefer to use aerosol spray varnish, just because it’s easier to achieve smooth even coating with it. I share some information about it in this article – Acrylic Pouring Tips and Tricks – I think you’ll find a lot of useful info over there.

      Now to the pros and cons. I think that acrylic paint pouring has two main advantages – 1) ANYBODY can do it despite the background, education, experience, age, gender, and even budget, and result are seeing right away. Another advantage is that this type of art is very creative and intuitive. The main disadvantage of the acrylic pouring is that it’s super addicting! 😀 And I mean it! Once you start pouring you can’t stop! Another important factor, which is not even a con, in that it’s important to dedicate a working space to this type of art because it can get quite messy.

      Resin art is similar to acrylic paint pouring, although the technique is slightly different (and much more tricky), and you use resin instead of pouring medium. So basically you pour the paint+resin mixture. However, you can combine it with the regular pour creating an artwork with a pouring medium and then (once dry) cover it with a coat of resin (instead of varnish) for a uniform shiny finish. The downside or resin art is the cost of resin. Ouch! Plus it smells… So I would recommend you to start with a regular acrylic pouring art (acrylic paint+pouring medium) and most likely you are going to be completely satisfied with it. I personally prefer acrylic pouring over the resin.

      I hope that helps! Gimme more questions! 😉


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