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Essential Acrylic Pour-Painting Supplies for Beginners

I've been painting with acrylics since childhood and enjoy sharing tips about working in this versatile medium.

Learn about all the supplies you'll need to get started in the dizzyingly fun field of pour painting.

Learn about all the supplies you'll need to get started in the dizzyingly fun field of pour painting.

How to Choose the Right Fluid Art Supplies

Acrylic pour painting is a fun and interesting art technique that creates beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind paintings. Before you get started on your first painting, you'll need some specific pour-painting supplies.

In this article, you'll learn what essential supplies you'll need, what optional supplies you might want, where these supplies can be purchased, and some basic information about how each item will be used in the painting process.

In This Article

  • Essential Supplies
  • Optional Supplies
  • Where to Buy Each Item
  • Printable Supply Checklist
Pictured here is a collection of supplies for pour painting.

Pictured here is a collection of supplies for pour painting.

Essential Supplies

In this section, we'll go over the 16 items that are absolute must-haves to begin pour painting. We'll learn what each item is and what purpose it serves in the painting process. Let's dive in!

Wooden panels like these are ideal surfaces for first-time pour painters.

Wooden panels like these are ideal surfaces for first-time pour painters.

1. Pour-Painting Surface

What is the best surface for an acrylic pour painting? It's possible to do pour paintings on many different types of surfaces. Sealed and primed wood panels are ideal surfaces because they can withstand heavy paint without sagging. Here are a few types of surfaces you can use for pour paintings:

  • Wood Panels: Any size or type of wood panel can be used for pour painting. If it's not already sealed and primed, you'll need to do this before painting.
  • Ampersand Gessobord Panels: These artist-quality wood panels are already primed and ready for paint. They're made with durable, archival-quality materials and are available in a wide range of sizes.
  • Stretched Canvases: Stretched canvases of every shape, size, and price range can be found in art supply stores. Canvases with staple-free edges are best for pour painting because they can be displayed without a frame.
  • Unconventional Items: If you want to get creative, you can use ceramic tiles or even old records as surfaces for your paintings.

If you use panels that are not pre-primed, you'll need to brush on a coat of gesso (an acrylic primer) and let it dry for a day before starting your painting. If you go with a canvas, sagging shouldn't be an issue as long as your canvas is tightly stretched. Multi-packs of small to medium size canvases, wood panels, and Ampersand Gessobords are available in art supply stores and online. If you plan to do a lot of pour paintings, these can save you money.

2. Gesso and Paint Brush

If you're using a canvas or unprimed wood panel for your pour painting, you'll need a bottle of gesso. This acrylic primer helps paint adhere to surfaces. Liquitex Basics, Liquitex Professional, and Golden Gesso are all good choices. You'll also need a flat paintbrush or a polyfoam sponge brush to apply the gesso. Remember to let the gesso coat dry for a full day before beginning your painting.

3. Liquid or Soft-Body Acrylic Paints

Liquid or soft body acrylic paints are ideal for this type of painting because they have a fluid consistency for pouring. These vary greatly in cost and quality. Your two options for liquid acrylics are artist-quality acrylics and craft acrylics.

Artist-quality liquid acrylics can get expensive when you buy a selection of colors, so craft acrylics are a good choice when you’re just starting and learning the pouring technique. Here are a few details about both types of liquid acrylic paints:

Craft Liquid Acrylic Paint

Bottles of craft liquid acrylic paint can be found online and at most arts-and-crafts stores. They can be purchased individually or in sets. Craft acrylics start at about $2 for a 2-ounce (59 mL) bottle.

Some popular brands of craft acrylics are Americana, DecoArt, FolkArt, Apple Barrel, and Artist’s Loft.

Artist-Quality Liquid Acrylic Paint

Artist-quality liquid acrylics have high pigment concentrations, intense colors, and less color shift when the paint dries compared to craft acrylics. They’re also less likely to crack, have better lightfastness, and offer longer-term durability. If you want to create pour paintings that will last, this is the type of paint to use.

A 2-ounce bottle starts at about $5 to $10. Since you use a small amount of paint compared to pouring medium for a pour painting, a 2-ounce bottle of artist-quality acrylic goes farther than you might think.

Some popular brands of artist-quality liquid acrylics are Chroma Atelier Free Flow Artists’ Acrylics, Chromacryl Fluid Acrylics, DaVinci Fluid Acrylics, Golden Fluid Acrylics, Golden High Flow Acrylics, Holbein Fluid Acrylics, Lascaux Studio Acrylics, Liquitex Professional Soft Body Acrylics, Utrecht Artists’ Fluid Acrylics, and Vallejo Acrylic Artist Fluid Colors.

The two brands I’ve been using are Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics and Golden Fluid Acrylics. They both have rich, vivid colors, and a little paint goes a long way.


You’ll need at least two or three paint colors for a pour painting. If you’d like to experiment with a variety of color combinations in your paintings, buy six to ten colors or a liquid acrylic paint set. If you’d prefer to keep things simple, choose three colors in the same color family. For example: pale blue, medium blue, and dark blue.

Complementary colors also look nice in a pour painting. These are colors on opposite sides of the color wheel, such as blue and orange or light green and purple. If you're new to mixing paint colors or just want to know which colors go well together, try using a color wheel. I like the Cox Color Wheel from The Color Wheel Company because it's easy to use and shows color relationships on the front and back.

To add some sparkle and shine to your pour paintings, try using iridescent, pearlescent, metallic, or interference paint colors. These are available from both craft and artist-quality brands.

4. Pouring Medium

Pouring medium is what you’ll mix with your liquid acrylic paints to create a unique "marbled" effect when the paint is poured onto a surface. Pouring medium helps keep each color separate and prevents them from blending into a single hue like they would if you mixed paints without it. It's important to use a high-quality pouring medium to prevent cracks or "crazing" as the paint dries.

Two of the more popular mediums for pouring are Liquitex Pouring Medium and Golden GAC 800. I use both of these mediums and love the results. They can be used with both artist-quality and craft acrylics. An 8-ounce bottle of either of these mediums usually costs between $12 and $16.

You'll find that you use quite a bit of pouring medium even with small paintings. I suggest buying one or two 8-ounce (237 mL) bottles to get started, then buying in larger quantities if you take a liking to the craft.

If you're thinking of doing larger paintings, you’ll need a bigger bottle. Both Liquitex and Golden GAC 800 are available in larger sizes, which are more cost-effective if you do a lot of pouring.

5. 100% Silicone Oil

Adding a couple of drops of pure silicone oil to your paint mixtures will help create "cells" throughout your pour painting. I used Demco Acrylic Silicone Oil for some of the paintings shown in this article. Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant or any other brand of 100% silicone oil can work just as well.

6. Plastic Beverage Cups

You'll need plastic beverage cups for mixing and pouring your paint. It's helpful to have small, medium, and large cups. For smaller paintings, you'll usually only need small or medium cups. For larger works, you may need all three sizes. The three sizes of cups to buy are as follows:

  • 3-ounce (88.7 mL)
  • 9-ounce (266 mL)
  • 16-ounce (473 mL)
Craft sticks are useful for mixing paints and can also be used to create designs in your acrylic pours.

Craft sticks are useful for mixing paints and can also be used to create designs in your acrylic pours.

7. Wooden Craft Sticks

Wooden craft sticks are used to mix paint with pouring medium. Get both regular (popsicle-stick size) and large 5.75" (tongue-depressor size) sticks. The regular-size sticks work well for mixing paint in small plastic cups, and the large sticks are helpful when working with medium and larger-size cups.

Plastic squeeze bottles can be filled with your paint and medium mixture and used to create additional designs in your piece.

Plastic squeeze bottles can be filled with your paint and medium mixture and used to create additional designs in your piece.

8. Small Plastic Squeeze Bottles

Small plastic squeeze bottles can be filled with your paint and pouring medium mixture to create interesting designs on your canvas or board. These can be found in arts and crafts stores. Many dollar stores sell squeeze bottles in larger sizes, which work well for bigger pour paintings.

These two plastic palette knives from a Grumbacher palette and painting knife set are about 10" long and made from a durable plastic that's easy to clean.

These two plastic palette knives from a Grumbacher palette and painting knife set are about 10" long and made from a durable plastic that's easy to clean.

9. Palette Knives

A palette knife can be used to smooth the poured paint onto the edges of your canvas or wood panel. It can also be used to swipe across the wet paint to create cells or used in other more advanced pouring techniques. Both plastic and metal palette knives work well for this.

Use old metal cans to elevate your painting surface.

Use old metal cans to elevate your painting surface.

10. Empty Metal Cans

You'll need something to keep your board or canvas raised as you pour paint. I've found that empty metal cans (soup size) work best because they're stable and unlikely to tip. It takes one to four cans depending on the size of your surface.

Baking pans can be used to catch paint runoff.

Baking pans can be used to catch paint runoff.

11. Aluminum Baking Pans

Aluminum baking pans work well to contain the paint that drips off the edges of the painting and make cleanup easier. They won't work for canvases or boards, but they're perfect for small to medium-sized surfaces.

12. Wax Paper

If you'd like to re-use your aluminum baking pans, line them with wax paper. Use masking tape to tape down the edges so they don't curl up and touch the painting.

13. Plastic Drop Cloth or Painting Tarp

Pour painting can get very messy, so you'll need a large plastic drop cloth, a plastic sheet, or a painting tarp to protect your workspace and the floor surrounding it.

14. Disposable Gloves

Acrylic paints are water-soluble, so they will wash off your hands with soap and water, but it takes some effort once the paint has dried. Disposable latex, vinyl, or nitrile gloves are great for keeping your hands clean throughout your pour-painting session.

Tip: Prepare for Cleanup

If you happen to get acrylic paint on your hands, try using a bar of pumice soap. This type of soap helps scrub off paint better than regular soap. If you still have paint or pouring-medium residue on your hands or nails after washing them, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad to remove what's left.

15. Apron

To protect your clothes, you'll need an apron. I also recommend wearing clothing you don't care about because paint and pouring medium can ruin fabrics.

16. Paper Towels

You'll need a roll of paper towels for cleanup during and after your pour-painting sessions.

Optional Pour-Painting Supplies

The above items are pour-painting essentials, but there are also some additional supplies you might consider investing in if you take a liking to the craft. Here are seven useful tools that might come in handy as you become a more adept pour painter:

1. Level

Pour paintings need to be done on a completely level surface to prevent paint from pooling on one side of the canvas or board. A small torpedo level from a discount or hardware store can help your paintings turn out better.

2. Measuring Spoons and Cups

Measuring spoons and cups can be useful for measuring exact amounts of paint and pouring medium.

3. Safety Glasses

Paint and medium may occasionally splash up when you flip open a cap or mix paints, so you may want a pair of safety glasses.

4. Straws

Straws can be used to blow paint and create interesting effects in your painting. Look for these in craft-supply stores, grocery stores, or online.

5. Painter's Tape

If you'd like to cover the backs of your canvases or boards to protect them from stray paint, pick up a roll of painter's tape. It peels off easily without damaging surfaces.

6. UV Varnish

A coat of varnish helps protect pour paintings from sunlight and environment damage like smoke, dust, and fingerprints.

I like to keep my supplies together in a plastic bin for convenience.

I like to keep my supplies together in a plastic bin for convenience.

7. Plastic Storage Bin

A plastic storage bin with handles is a convenient place to gather and store your pour-painting supplies. I found the pink one shown in the photo above at a dollar store. As you get further into this style of art, you'll likely need a larger storage container, but this size works well for beginners.

Where to Buy Pour-Painting Supplies

Note: Some items are listed in more than one column because they are widely available from multiple sources.

Arts and Crafts StoreDollar or Hardware StoreOnline

Wood Panels or Stretched Canvas

Plastic Beverage Cups

Wood Panels or Stretched Canvas

Gesso and Paint Brush

Wooden Craft Sticks

Gesso and Flat Paint Brush

Liquid, Soft Body, or Craft Acrylic Paint

Aluminum Baking Pans

Liquid, Soft Body, or Craft Acrylic Paint

Pouring Medium

Wax Paper

Pouring Medium

100% Silicone Oil

Masking Tape

100% Silicone Oil

Wood Craft Sticks

Plastic Drop Cloth or Painting Tarp

Wood Craft Sticks

Small Plastic Squeeze Bottles

Disposable Gloves

Plastic Beverage Cups

Palette Knife

Paper Towels

Plastic Drop Cloth or Painting Tarp


Pumice Soap

Small Plastic Squeeze Bottles

Color Wheel


Palette Knife

UV Varnish

Measuring Spoons and Cups


Safety Glasses

Color Wheel


UV Varnish

Painter's Tape

Pumice Soap

Plastic Storage Bin

Printable Pour-Painting Supply Checklist

Print out this list and take it with you when you go shopping for supplies so that you don't forget anything.

Print out this list and take it with you when you go shopping for supplies so that you don't forget anything.

More Resources for Pour Painting

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have to use Floetrol, or can you just use pouring medium? Can I add water and pouring medium to Basic brand acrylics to thin it out?

Answer: You don't have to add Floetrol. Just the pouring medium and the paint is fine. I would avoid adding water to this combination because it could increase the chance of cracking.

If you mean the Liquitex Basics brand of paints, then yes, they can be used for acrylic pouring. First, mix it with some pouring medium to thin it down to a more fluid consistency. Stir until it's smooth, then add some additional pouring medium until it's fluid enough to pour. A good consistency for acrylic pouring is something just slightly thicker than liquid coffee creamer.

Question: What ratio do you use to mix the acrylic paint and the pouring medium?

Answer: If you’re using Liquitex Pouring Medium and an artist quality paint (such as Liquitex Soft Body or Golden Liquid Acrylics), the ratio is one cup of pouring medium and one tablespoon of paint.

This can be adjusted down to smaller amounts such as a half cup of pouring medium and 1.5 teaspoons of paint, etc.

With Golden GAC 800, I use 10 parts pouring medium, 1 part artist quality paint.

If you use craft acrylic paint with either of these pouring mediums, you usually need to increase the amount of paint to get enough color intensity.

There is a lot of difference with the various craft brands, but I usually double the amount of paint (from the amounts listed above) and adjust as necessary from there.

© 2018 Carrie Kelley


Val Parnell on August 15, 2020:

What sort of paint is used to cover your board first. ?

Katie on July 29, 2020:

Thank you so much for this insightful article! My boyfriend and I are wanting to try this out so having a supply list is extremely helpful.

Daniela on July 25, 2020:


You have helped me a lot by listing all the supplies and the amount of pouring medium + paint. But i have a question, with what do you blow the paint, only with the straw and your own air (lol) or is a hair dryer a good supply?

Pamela Carter-Morris on July 16, 2020:

Thank you so much for this,ive been looking for what materials to use to start acrylic pouring painting.

If I used 3 different colours together at 1 tablespoon each,would i use 3 cups of pouring medium??


Len Comaratta on June 16, 2020:

Can the paint / pouring medium mixtures be prepared and stored over long term in capped bottles? I was hoping to be able to prepare many color sets from pure color to paler.

thank you

Nicole on May 25, 2020:

This is all very helpful, thank you for sharing, I so want to try this.

Question, do you recommend Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic?

Thank you

Navya Singh on May 20, 2020:


Thanks a lot for information, now only confusion I have in my mind is that what all things are required for texturing, drying and blowing pours paintings?

Please do reply.

Thank you

Linda Connolly on May 14, 2020:

Excellent information.

Brenda on May 13, 2020:

Are canvases already primed with gesso better than doing it yourself? Or does that just save a step in prep?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on May 12, 2020:

Hi Aeysha: Thanks, hope you're well too. The paint and pouring medium should be completely mixed first, then the silicone oil (optional) is added last. Yes, you can use shot glasses and then pour them into another cup to pour onto the canvas. Good luck with your painting :)

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on May 12, 2020:

Hi Peggy: It should be fine for a couple weeks or so as long as the bottle is air-tight.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on May 12, 2020:

Hi Susana: Yes, these can be stored in squeeze bottles. As long as there's a tight seal on the lid it should be fine for a couple weeks. I've had some keep for longer. It just depends on the bottle. Thanks for your question.

Peggy Howe on May 12, 2020:

If bI want to store the paint in squeeze bottles how long is it still good to use?

Susana Campos on May 11, 2020:

Hi, do you Store the paint with the liquitex medium in squezze bottles? If yes, how long can they be in the bottles?

Aeysha Raja on May 10, 2020:

Hello ,

Hope your well.

I am a new to this and would like to know if I just need the pouring medium and silicon oil and aryclic paint to be mixed together?

Can I use shot glasses and add then to a cup then pour on to the canvas?

Thank you for your time and response.

Diney on May 09, 2020:

I plan on trying some on some small images of ocean creatures that are wood. I can't wait to try and see.

Jen on May 06, 2020:

Thank you for the list!

Question about the silicone oil. We added it to the paint and the painting came out great, but now there is a silicone sheen and feel to the canvas. Should we try to wipe it off? Can I spray it will a sealant to keep it from being slick? Should I not use the silicone oil?

Our first round of paintings was done with a kit to see if we liked it. We love it and now I am purchasing the list above, but don't want to create oily canvases in the future. Any advice?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on March 27, 2020:

Janae85 - It's best to use a primer that says it's compatible with acrylic paint.

Janae85 on March 24, 2020:

Can I use any kind of paint primer or does it specifically have to be for acrylic?

Nadia on March 05, 2020:

Hi ! Is it important to blow for popping the bubbles after pouring acrylic paints,and what to use for that ?


violet buthmann on February 25, 2020:

I am not able to get large cells. I’m barely able to get small cells. I mostly just get a marbled canvas of colors.

I do not use a torch. and my surface is level.

my recipe:

2 parts floetrol

1 part paint

3 parts GAC 800

1-2 drops pure dimethicone

I look forward to your suggestions

thank you


Fb on February 19, 2020:

Thanks a lot. That was helpful

Alex on February 06, 2020:

Hi Carrie, thank you so much for this

I'm going to try my first painting soon

Lilly-mae on February 02, 2020:

Thanks for the article!

How do i get the paint to a thin enough consistency to be able to blow it around with the straw?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on January 30, 2020:

Jill - The pouring mediums mentioned in the article are made specifically for art. Floetrol is a paint additive sold at DIY stores that some people use as a pouring medium. It is a little lower cost than the average artist pouring medium. Thanks for your question.

Jill mcgehee on January 28, 2020:

What is the difference between floetrol and a pouring medium. So what do you use the floetrol for.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on December 31, 2019:

Ali, Either a hair dryer or heat gun.

Al on December 28, 2019:

What kind of air blower do some pour artist use it looks like an hair dryer

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on December 16, 2019:

You're welcome, Tiffanie. I hope you enjoy painting. Thanks for your comments :)

Tiffinie on December 14, 2019:

Thank you for making this list. A friend of mine posted pics on Facebook of her pour paintings and i immediately wanted to try it. I used your list when shopping for my supplies i am now ready to start my first painting

Roberta on November 23, 2019:

This is the first article I have read that has commented on the difference of proportions for paint to medium depending on whether it is artist quality or a. Craft Paint.

chaeliem on November 18, 2019:

do you know what is the tool which eliminate bubble on canvas?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 16, 2019:

Sachin Muthe - You're welcome! I hope you enjoy painting. Thanks for your comments :)

Sachin Muthe on November 16, 2019:

Thank you so much. You inspired me to go ahead with my first pour painting.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:

Fallon - The pouring medium is necessary, and the silicone is optional. Some pouring recipes use silicone to help make cells, so it just depends on what style of painting you like.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 15, 2019:

MST-MAN - You're welcome.

Fallon on November 15, 2019:

Are you supposed to use both medium and silicon?

MST'-'MAN on October 20, 2019:


Thank You...

Lynn Barrington on October 16, 2019:

Hi Carrie,

Thanks so much for wonderful articles and tutorials. I was unable to find soft body acrylics in our little town. I ended up with Liquitex Basics in the tubes. Can I still use these for pour paintings and just thin them? Just need some reassurance from you. If not I guess I’ll start my search again.

Thank you for your time and help.


Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on October 05, 2019:

Hi Laura, Thanks so much for your question. Please see a few comments right below yours for the answer.

Laura Carroll on October 05, 2019:

What about using a torch after you pour the paint?

Chris Scholten on October 05, 2019:

Thanx so much for all this info!! It makes getting ready so much easier!!

mary on October 03, 2019:

What is the medium used to cover the canvas, it appears in videos white acrylic paint and pouring medium?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on September 26, 2019:

Hi Sherry - It’s an optional supply that quite a few artists use. Paintings can be done with or without it, so it’s a matter of personal preference and technique. Since this is a project younger readers might want to try as well, it’s not on this list. Thanks for your question.

Sherry Moser on September 26, 2019:

A flame torch I see used to get rid of air bubbles were not on the list? Is it not needed?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on September 09, 2019:

Sharon - It's a latex-based paint additive that can be used as a medium for pouring. It has a similar effect as the other two but dries matte instead of glossy.

Sharon Bacon on September 09, 2019:

Is Floetrol a medium? Is it just as good as using the 2 that you listed ?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on September 01, 2019:

@ Diane, Pat, ImRatherUnique - I’m glad you found it helpful. Thank so much for your comments :)

Diane on August 26, 2019:

Finally, a true step by step how to .. I've been looking & getting confused with all the stuff online, till I came upon this site. Thank you so much. Now I can get started.

Pat Carrier on August 24, 2019:

This is so helpful. Thank you so much!!

ImRatherUnique on August 18, 2019:

Thank you so much for this article

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on August 03, 2019:

Hello Kenneth - Thanks for your kind comments :)

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on August 01, 2019:

Carrie . . .I finally get to meet you and wow, was I glad. This hub is not really a hub, but an InfoSource that each amateur or professional painter should read.

May I just say GREAT job?

Keep up the fine work.

Red on July 11, 2019:

Optional: push pins and a torch?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on May 30, 2019:

Thanks, Tracey Lynn. I'm so glad you've found them helpful. Thanks for visiting the site, and for your comments :)

Tracey Lynn on May 26, 2019:

Hi Carrie, I just became your #1 fan. Your articles, tips and answers to questions are informative, extremely helpful and thorough. I will definitely become a follower and share with anyone who'll listen.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on April 04, 2019:

Hello Diane - Yes, you can. I have information about how to do this at: https://feltmagnet.com/painting/Acrylic-Pour-Paint...

Diane Prestano on April 04, 2019:

Can you use Elmer’s glue and water in place of the liquitex pouring medium.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on March 30, 2019:

Marion, Thanks so much for your comments. I hope you enjoy trying this type of painting.

Marion Stanley on March 30, 2019:

I am interested in learning about acrylic pouring and have tole painted along with other types of hobbies. This was very extensive and the list of supplies was wonderful along with where to purchase them. Although, I haven't tried yet, this information, I confident to try it out!

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on March 29, 2019:

Mary, Yes, Floetrol can be used instead. There are pros and cons to it, but it works in a similar way as the pouring medium. Thanks for your question.

mary on March 28, 2019:

I've already purchased a bottle of Floetrol. Can Floetrol be used instead of the Pouring Medium?

Dimple shah on February 22, 2019:

Hi carrie, thnks fr so helpful information for a beginner like me.i want to know what is that white paste like material artists spread on the canvas along with pouring colors when some space is left in the corners? Pl help

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on February 10, 2019:

Melanie, I add it into the individual cups first. Thanks for your question.

Melanie on February 09, 2019:

Do you add the silicone to individual mixtures and then pour them into a cup to put our or do you add all your paints then add the silicone oil?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on February 05, 2019:

Rob, Yes, you can use regular acrylic paint for pouring. Put the amount of paint you want to use into a cup and then add pouring medium to thin it down until it's just slightly thicker than a liquid coffee creamer. Stir until it's a smooth and even consistency. Avoid adding water because that can sometimes cause cracking as it dries. If the paints aren't new, pouring the mixture through a mesh strainer as you pour onto a canvas helps filter out little pieces of paint. Thanks for your question.

Rob on February 05, 2019:

Can I use regular acrylic paint for pouring? If so how would I prepare the paint prior to adding it to Pouring Medium?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

As long as the room is over 50 or 55 degrees F, it should be fine. If you're not sure, you can always do a small test painting on cardboard. Thanks for your questions!

Joyce Stewart on January 18, 2019:

Yes the paint comes in tube, Does it matter if you do an acrylic pour in a room that is cool in winter or should wait till warmer weather?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

Joyce, Does this paint come in a tube? If so, just put some paint in the cups, and add pouring medium until it's thinner. It should be just slightly thicker than a liquid coffee creamer to pour.

Neeru on January 17, 2019:

I am new too. How much paint should be use for 16x48 inches canvas?

Joyce Stewart on January 17, 2019:

Carrie am new to acrylic pouring have some supplies Masters touch Acrylic Paint from Hobby Lobby. Did I buy wrong kind of paint. Am so confused as there is so much information I am so confused.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 25, 2018:

Hello Toni - Yes, if you brush on the gesso first, the paint will stick much better. Just wait a full day before doing the painting, so the gesso has time to dry. I have some step-by-step instructions for applying gesso to prepare a canvas in my "How to Do a Pour Painting Tutorial" article. The link is in my profile. I hope this helps. Thank you for your question.

Toni on November 25, 2018:

So you brush on the gesso first correct? I recently did a canvas and maybe tha'ts why it did stick really well,

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 24, 2018:

@Jason - I'm glad to hear that. You're welcome and thanks so much for your comments.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 24, 2018:

@Emilio - You're welcome. I'm glad you like it.

Jason on November 23, 2018:

Used this list to buy supplies today. Our paintings turned out great. Thanks!

Emilio on October 22, 2018:

Thank you Carrie, very useful article.

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on August 30, 2018:

Hello Dawn, A heat torch can be used as a way to get rid of air bubbles in the wet paint. Some people also use one to create cells. It brings cells to the surface and also works if you want cells in specific areas of your painting. Thanks for your question!

Dawn Buzinski on August 30, 2018:

I see some people using torches at the end, what would this be used for and is it necessary?

Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on June 18, 2018:

Hi Denise,You're welcome. Thanks for your comments =)

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 18, 2018:

This is a pretty comprehensive list, perfect for the beginner. I tried pour painting once and used the wrong paint and got lumps. I was so disappointed. Your list would have helped a lot. Thanks for sharing.