What You Need to Get Started
I know you are eager to get started and I can hardly wait for you to get started as well. But first let’s get our supplies together so that once you start, you won’t have to run out or run around the house to try to find something that’s missing.
Below is the short list of supplies that you’ll need to get started. These are your basic, essential products and for starters, I would recommend that you work with these before you expand your inventory. Why? Because you’ll end up spending and waiting a lot of money if you try to run out an purchase everything that every single acrylic pour painter is using. You’ll find most of the products listed below on Amazon or Michaels (links provided).
You can download and print the list of Starter Supplies for Acrylic Pouring here if you decide to go shopping locally.
- Styrofoam or plastic cups (I recommend getting these at any dollar store)
- Rubber gloves – things can get pretty messy so be sure to buy gloves in bulk to protect your hands. I try to keep nitrile gloves on hand, but if I run out, I just pick up these at WalMart
- Pouring Medium: Elmer’s Glue-All OR Floetrol (latex based ONLY) – Pouring Medium, when mixed with your paint, is an additive that causes the paint to flow from your cup onto your canvas.
- Paint – Starting out I recommend using craft paints. They are inexpensive and therefore will be more cost efficient for you to experiment with until you build your skills.
- Apple Barrel (18 pack) – You can get Apple Barrel at WalMart but I’ve never seen a multi pack like this in the store.
- Craftsmart value pack at Michaels (If you haven’t signed up for Michael’s rewards club you’ll want to to this in order to take advantage of valuable couples that are emailed to you or avaialable when you download the Michaels app.
- Stir sticks (popsicle sticks) 200 craft/popsicle sticks
- Digital Scale – this one weighs in ozs and grams for your convenience
- Canvases – For starters choose 8″ x 10+ wrapped canvas or smaller. I almost always use Michaels Level 1 canvases.
- Paper towels – keep plenty of these on hand to clean up during and after the process
- Silicone – this is used when people like to have cells in their paintings. There are several different brands but these are the two that I use most 3 in 1 and Blaster spray. But no need to run out and get silicone if you have WD-40 around the house or in your car, you can use it.
- Level – It is extremely necessary that you have a level to make sure that your canvas is on a flat level surface. If you canvas is not sitting on a flat, level surface, once you pour your paint and while it dries, the paint will slide off towards the lowest side of the canvas. I recommend this one because you can make sure the canvas is level from several different angles.
- Blow torch – The torch is used to burst bubble that may form on your painting and aides in creating cells. Not all torches are created equal. I’ve tried several (attempting to save money) but I keep coming back to the Benzomatic ST2200T is my preferred torch.