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So you want to get started with acrylic pouring? I hear you, and I’ve got you covered! Today, I will share with you my experience getting started with Acrylic Pour.

First of all, you need materials. When I learned about acrylic pouring, the first thought that came to my mind was, “This looks expensive.” And to be fair, I am not entirely wrong.

Acrylic pouring could be expensive, but the good news is that there are ways to do this on a budget. You can use cheaper materials in some areas and invest in more expensive materials in others. Here’s how I did it:

Materials that you need

To get started you need the following materials:

  1. Acrylic paints/Pouring Paints
    Invest in this! You can buy specific acrylic pouring paints, but you can also use normal acrylic paints. My suggestion is to invest in these paints. They don’t have to be super expensive paints, but don’t buy super cheap paints either. For me, I bought the glossy paints from Lefranc & Bourgeois (the white and the black paint) and the Amsterdam Standard Series paints (for the colored ones).
  2. Canvas
    If available, buy a multi-media canvas. This is a stretched canvas with a panel on its back. If you can’t find one, just buy a regular stretched canvas.
  3. Pouring Medium
    You can buy an Acrylic Pouring medium, but you can also save money by purchasing Floetrol or glue.
  4. Silicone Oil
  5. Sauce bottles OR Espresso cups with Wooden stirrer
  6. Plastic Storage Box with 2 rods OR Paint protector
  7. Gloves

Set-up

I will assume that you have all of this. This is how I set up my workspace.

If you don’t have a big studio space like mine, I use a large storage box and two extendable rods to serve as collectors of the excess paints. This is important because it helps with easy clean-up.

Preparing the paints

Before you start pouring, you need to prepare your paints.

I use a sauce bottle to store my paints. I do have a specific color palette, so I need to prepare a lot. However, you can also use paper espresso cups for small batches.

The ratio that I use in preparing the paints is 50% Floetrol or glue, 40% acrylic paint, and 10% water. If the paint is still thick, then I add more water to thin it out.

If you are looking for better-looking cells, you can add a little bit of silicone oil.

Start the Pouring!

When your paint is ready, then you can start pouring! There are many techniques that you can use and I’ll write a separate blog post about that. My favorite technique is swiping. It produces beautiful and unpredictable cells.

You can tilt your canvas and manipulate the movement of the flow to achieve more unique designs. You may also use gloves if you prefer not to touch the paint.

Sometimes, you’ll get bubbles in your paint. This is because air got into the paint while you were mixing. You can remove them by using a torch or stirring slower.

Once you are satisfied, you can simply leave the canvas to dry.

Conclusion

And that’s it! I would like to note that if you add silicone oil to the paint, you will have oil on the surface of your paint. You can clean it up with some soap and water. Just be careful when scrubbing it. Also, if you pour on a dirty pour background, you might experience cracking.

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