Acrylic pouring has recently become a very popular acrylic painting technique. If you’ve never tried acrylic pouring before, you’ll quickly realize how addictive it can be! However, you’ll quickly discover that it may quickly turn into a very costly hobby.
Here are five strategies to assist you accomplish acrylic pouring on a budget if you don’t want to spend a fortune while learning:
1. Use acrylic paints that are suitable for students.
There are two varieties of acrylic paint available: student grade and artist grade. Of course, artist grade acrylic paint has a higher pigment quality, but it also costs more. Student grade paints are an excellent method to get started with acrylic pouring while you’re still experimenting and learning.
Student-quality paints are readily available at dollar stores and on the internet.
2. Collect paint that has run off so that it can be reused.
To capture the run-off extra paint, place a sheet of plastic underneath your canvas and scoop it up with a plastic cup for reuse. Similarly, as you tilt the canvas board during your acrylic pour, you can let the excess paint drip straight into a plastic cup from the corners and edges.
Does your plastic cup’s run-off paint appear to be murky? That’s not an issue! You may always use the run-off paint mix as a base layer to help the paint flow across the canvas more readily.
3. Clean your gloves and mixing tools with a damp cloth.
Because acrylic pouring may get rather messy, disposable plastic gloves are a fantastic method to keep your hands clean. If you do a lot of acrylic pouring, though, a box of 100 will easily last you a long time. Rather than buying a new pair of gloves every time, keep paper towels on hand to wipe down and dry the current pair you’re wearing, allowing you to get a few more uses out of them.
Similarly, whether you mix your solutions with wooden paddle pop sticks or plastic spoons, you may extend their life by washing them down before reaching for new ones.
4. Make a new use for an old canvas
You’ll want the freedom to try with all of the different pouring techniques when you’re first starting out. Use a smaller canvas board to save money because it will take less paint.
If you don’t like the finished painting once it has dried completely, you can always re-use the canvas. Allowing the canvas to fully dry before reusing it for a new piece of art can prevent the paint from buckling.
5. Invest in a low-cost acrylic pouring medium.
Pouring mediums of professional quality can be extremely pricey. Fortunately, there are other budget pouring medium options, such as Floetrol, for novices. Floetrol is commonly used for house paint, but it is a cost-effective alternative to the high-quality fluid media used for acrylic pouring.
Cheaper alternatives like Floetrol will not always have the same high grade fluid, glossy properties as Liquitex. However, after your painting has dried, you may wish to add a top coat of high gloss varnish or resin to accentuate the contrast and colors.