DIY Acrylic Pouring Medium

Hi friends! I had a bunch of half full bottles cheap acrylic paint that I wanted to use up so I thought I’d give paint pouring a try.


I didn’t want to invest in pricy pouring mediums and other fluids to make my paint flow so I made my own pouring medium using stuff I had around the house. Watch the video to see how!

Supplies (Affiliate links to Consumer Crafts (CC) and Amazon, Consumer Crafts has the best deals for today’s supplies)

  • White Glue CC, or Amazon
  • Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint: CC or Amazon 
  • Aerosol Hairspray
  • Gold Spray paint: CC or Amazon
  • A box or try to catch drips
  • A jar with lid for shaking up medium
  • Cans to rest your canvasses on
  • For your paint surface you can use stretched canvas, canvas panels or plywood


Pouring medium recipe: Mix equal parts water and white glue in a jar and shake to mix.

Add the pouring medium to the paint. I like to add it to half empty bottles of paint but you can mix it in other cups if your bottles are full. You can dilute to craft paint with the medium up to 50% without affecting the binding of the paint to the canvas.

1. Mix paint and medium at a 5o/50 ration and shake well.

2. Take color 1 and make a puddle, add other colors on that puddle and tip the canvas so the paint can cover and flow.

3. Spray on gold spray paint if desired. *You can drop alcohol on the gold spray paint to break it up if desired.

4. Spray surface with hairspray and tip the panel to keep movement going so it will form cells.

5. Let dry. Panels will dry overnight but stretched canvasses can take several days to dry.

Method #2 (Dirty Pour)

1. Add colors (with medium added) to a cup but do not mix.

2. Place canvas on cup and flip the whole thing over.

3. Lift off the cup and let the paint go!

4. Spray with hairspray (to make bubbles and cells) and gold spray paint if desired.

5. Let dry.


Now, there are much more fancy ways to do acrylic paint pouring and I encourage you to check them out if you really love this project. I wanted to play and use up some stuff I already had but that’s not to say it’s not worth jumping in and trying the store bought supplies for this craft. Have fun and til next time happy crafting!


17 thoughts on “DIY Acrylic Pouring Medium

  1. I think this is wonderful! Messy but very pretty. I also love the interactions. BTW, I’d love one to hang in my office, lol!


  2. very pretty Lindsay. I hope you show us what you do with them. I have a lot of leftover craft paints from years ago. some is pretty dried up and I wonder if it will thin enough to do this. anyway thanks for a great craft lesson. I loved the one with the pink that you thought was going to be so bad but turned out great. Betty


  3. Do you have to use canvas to do the acrylic pour? If not what other materials will work? Do you do anything to seal the canvas after it is thoroughly dry to protect it from moisture etc.

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    1. no, you can use canvas panels, stretched canvas, wood, paper or anything that is flat and will stay still long enough for you to pour LOL! I recommend glazog it with a varnish or sealer after it is dry.


  4. Oh, I’d love something like that! You can mail me anything you don’t want. 🙂 I’ve been fascinated with acrylic paint pouring lately and have been watching countless videos! I love the look… I just don’t want to spend more money on pouring mediums! So this video is so perfect Lindsey! I think I might have hair spray somewhere. LOL! Thank you so much for the vidoe! I do want to try it so badly!


  5. I would love the grayscale set I am from Indiana. Or the complexion one OMG I don’t have any markers be fun to have. Being disabled on a fixed income can’t afford to buy much. So this would be a dream come true.


  6. Thank you for the video and for the chance to win. Even if I do not win it is sweet of you. If I do win; however, I would like to have the 13 piece basic colors. I live in Missouri.


  7. I would love to play with any of the color sets.
    Thank you for the video I have been wanting to do pouring but could t afford a bunch of new supplies. This is great I can use what’s already here 😃


  8. I am about to try acrylic pouring on a glass vase and didn’t want to pay much for the pouring medium. (I didn’t even know I needed the medium until I looked online a tonight. When I looked the other night, the poster didn’t mention the medium.)

    So thank you for telling me how to make my own!


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  9. Oh great! Just started watching acrylic pouring and wanted to know the cheap way to mix. Thank you for this! I’m definitely going to start my acrylic pour painting.


  10. As always such an entertaining video 🙂 I’d be happy with whatever honestly – I am new to painting, like pictures on a canvas, so I am open for anything BUT if I have to choose, the gray tint looks awesome 🙂


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