Art Journaling 101: Painted Backgrounds

Welcome back! I’m continuing my Art Journaling 101 series and today we’re taking a look at painted backgrounds.  This would include not only acrylic paints, but also spray inks and the different tools you can use to apply them and create dimension.

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Acrylic paint applied with a palette knife is what I used for this journal page.  It’s easy to spread and get great effects.  You can also use a plastic card or old credit card.

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Here is a video on how I created this page…

Stencils combined with paint are another way I create my backgrounds.  You can make them as simple or complex as you want .

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Watercolor Crayons are a great way to get a soft background especially on a book page.



Found and repurposed items are a fun way to add more detail to a painted background.

Art journal page from 1 stencil_3

A brayer is a perfect instrument to use to spread paint on a page or with your gelli plate™.   These mono prints are on paper, but can easily be done on a journal page.

Gelli plate printing 4

Spray inks can be used with stencils to create layers of backgrounds, but I like to use the extra ink on a stencil.  Simply flip the stencil over after spraying and lay it on a new journal page.  The extra ink will create an opposite image of the stencil.  This is a great starting point for a new creation.  Inks can also be used for getting a “dripping” effect by spraying at the top of the page and letting it drip down.  You can speed up the process by spraying water on it too.

Fly Away art journal page created from left over paint, by for The Crafter's Workshop #tcwstencillove

Using different color spray inks is a fun way to add dimension.

Into The Woods Canvas 2

These are some of my favorite ways to use paint and spray ink to create backgrounds and starting points for my art journal pages.  Experiment with them and try new things, remember there are no mistakes in art!

Next time we’ll be talking about textures!  So make sure and come back soon!




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