With relatively little acrylic pouring supplies you can start pouring. With the following list of supplies for your start into the Acrylic Pouring technique we want to give you an overview of the required and optional supplies, so that you can create your own pour paintings as soon as possible and cheaply with the different Fluid Painting techniques.




Which supplies do I need for Acrylic Pouring?

If you are completely new to Acrylic Pouring, the subject of acrylic pouring supplies can be quite confusing. What kind of material do you really need to get started and gain your first experience? We have put together a starter kit for you in order to be optimally equipped for your start in acrylic pouring technique:

In addition, we recommend the free 3-part e-mail course for the introduction to Acrylic Pouring.




Beginners Set recommendation from acrylgiessen.com

With the following starter set you are already prepared for under USD 100 for your first Acrylic Pouring paintings and can start right away:


Acrylic paints

You can start right away with the basic colors as well as black and white and achieve super beautiful results! It does not have to be an expensive and extremely high-quality acrylic paint for the start. Since you need relatively much painting for Acrylic Pouring, you can make your first experiences with inexpensive acrylic paintings and change if necessary to more expensive acrylics. Also many experienced pouring artists still use cheaper acrylic paintings.



Professional Pouring Medium

The Pouring Medium is a very important part of the acrylic pouring sucess. With this medium you dilute your acrylic paints, make them flowable and ensure smooth drying without cracks. The following products have been developed explicitly for use as an acrylic pouring medium:


Pouring Medium alternative

Instead of the more expensive Pouring Medium you can also use alternative pouring mediums, which also work and are partly massively cheaper:


You can find more information about Pouring Medium in our article “Pouring Medium – Market overview and comparison“.



Container for mixing the colours with the pouring medium

Either you use side-laid and washed yoghurt pots or similar containers, but disposable plastic drinking pots are also very suitable.


Wooden spatula and other stirring tool

It is very important to mix the colours well with the Pouring Medium. The easiest way to do this is with a wooden spatula, such as those used in Beauty Salons for applying wax.


Nitril gloves

It is unavoidable that you also painting your hands when paint pouring. Therefore it is advisable to use rubber gloves. Especially if you work with resin, you should wear gloves for your health.


Painting ground / Canvas

For the beginning with the paint pouring technique, smaller painting grounds around 20x20cm are ideal, so you don’t need large amounts of paint and Pouring Medium and can collect your first experiences.


Varnish / Lacquer

To give your pictures the final touch and to protect them from external influences such as light or moisture, you should apply two to three coats of varnish after drying. You can do this either with a paint brush or with a silicone make-up sponge. Another way to refine your picture is Resin.



You can find more about varnish and finish of your Pouring pictures in our article “Drying and sealing of Acrylic Pouring pictures”.


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Additional Acrylic Pouring Supplies

You don’t necessarily need the following acrylic pouring supplies for your first attempts, but depending on the technique or desired result, these are indispensable.


Distilled Water

Distilled water can be added to the acrylic pouring medium to achieve the correct pouring consistency. This reduces the amount of Pouring Medium and saves costs. Even if you already mix larger amounts of Pouring Medium for later use, you should definitely use distilled water to prevent mildew.


Silicone or hair oil

In order to achieve a beautiful acrylic pouring cell formation on the polished picture, it is recommended to add a small amount of silicone or hair oil to the individual colors. The silicone ensures that one colour rises through another and the cells form. We have tested many products and use pure silicone in addition to hair oil, which allows us to produce very large cells and cell formation works reliably.


Painting knife / spatula

So that you can still set accents after the pouring, you can use a painting knife or spatula. You will also need a spatula for the swiping technique.


Hairdryer or Torch

In order to bring the cells faster and more reliably to the surface of the initially liquid image, a Torch or hot-air dryer is often used, which is swivelled over the image for a short time. So the cells pop up within seconds.


Glitter powder

For that special touch, you can add glitter powder to your pictures in addition to the acrylic paint and thus set accents.

  • Glitter dust set – With different colors for the start
  • Normal glitter dust – The widespread glitter dust for handicraft needs
  • Holographic glitter dust – Clearly more dazzling, with a 3D effect and partly different colour nuances
  • Metallic glitter dust – Extremely beautiful metallic effect

We have compiled instructions for refining your pictures with glitter dust in the article “Wow effect – glitter dust for dazzling pictures”.


Squeeze bottles for mixed colours and liquids

For the storage of your mixed colours and to be able to dose them better during application, so-called squeeze bottles made of plastic are recommended. You can also fill these bottles with silicone oil and water for better dosing.


Preparing the Painting Ground

Depending on the painting surface you should prepare it with Gesso or acrylic binder to be able to cast acrylic on it. You will also need the acrylic binder if you want to work with glitter powder.


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I have the acrylic pouring supplies I need: What happens next?

With these Acrylic Pouring supplies you should be prepared for all Acrylic Pouring techniques. Get to know the different Fluid Painting techniques, read our blog post with the Acrylic Pouring tips for beginners and visit our acrylgiessen.com Youtube channel to acquire the necessary knowledge for your first pourings. You are also welcome to join our Facebook group to ask your questions and exchange and network with other Pouring enthusiasts from the community.



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