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- A comprehensive introduction to collage
- Drawing with pen and ink
- Cataloguing and swatching your pens
- How to create flowing journaling
- A Collection of Art Journals
- How to use lines expressively
- Techniques for creating easy acrylic backgrounds
- How to produce detailed layers
- A comprehensive guide to acrylics
- Art journal your spirit animal
- Creating both tactile and visual textures
- Painting dreamy watercolour backgrounds
- How to paint faces with gouache
Techniques for creating easy acrylic backgrounds
These are an easy way to just get started on that intimidating blank page- perfect for both beginners and long-time painters! Watch me paint each background in the video and then I’ve shared a bit more about each technique below that.
Okay, more on those techniques-
The Ombre or Gradient pattern is a classic look. To achieve this look, you’ll need a colored paint and a white paint. Brush the color onto the top half of the page, without washing your paint brush off, add a bit of white paint to the bottom half and blend the two colors together in the middle.
This is a really fun technique that I’ve seen multiple artists do, including the lovely Riet, Lauren, and Ckelso. Add multiple colors to your palette, and using a medium sized brush (I think I used a #4?), choose your first color and begin painting brushstrokes onto your page. You can do them in a circle, or whatever shape you like. Continue adding more and more colors, layering your brushstrokes you go until you fill in the page.
The only real trick to this technique is to work fairly fast, so that your colors don’t dry and can blend. Swirl on multiple colors of paint, or shades of the same color, blending the edges of the swirls together.
Faux Marbling with a Plastic Bag
I learned this technique from a post by Alisa Burke, It’s really fun! All you need is a plastic bag and some acrylic paints for a faux marbled look. Squirt some paint onto a plastic bag, multiple colors are great! Fold and scrunch the bag up to mix the paints a small bit, and then place your page on top, and pull a print.
Stamping into Paint
This is a fun one if you want some texture! You can use heavy body paint for this, but I didn’t have any so another solution and what I did is to use a heavy gel medium mixed with a bit of paint. Apply it to your page and spread it out using a paint spatula, you want it a little on the thick side. Take a stamp and stamp into the wet paint for texture. Be sure to wash your stamp off good!
High Flow Acrylic Color Pooling
To achieve this look, you’re going to need some high flow paints! I started with a gesso base, and once it was dry i misted it with water to help the high flow, flow. 🙂 I applied multiple colors, and let them pool together.
High Flow Acrylic Drips
This is a technique similar to the color pooling, apply one color of high flow paint to the page, mist it and let it drip down. Add another color to the page and let them drip the opposite direction.
A well known and easy way to make a patterned background! Start with a painted background and lay the stencil over top. Use a sponge dauber to apply paint over the stencil. Don’t apply it too heavily or it will bleed, you want to keep just a light amount on your sponge!
Stamping with a Sponge
For an easy dot pattern, use a sponge dauber and just like with the stenciling, dip your sponge into a small amount of paint, and press down onto your page and lift straight up to make a circle.
One more technique I would like to mention (but didn’t include in the video) that makes AMAZING backgrounds, is gelli printing! I did a tutorial on this last year, which you can find here. I love using gelli prints in my journals as starter points for my page.
What are your favorite background techniques? I currently love making backgrounds using the high flow paints! If you want more information on the different types of acrylic paints you can use, be sure to check out Misty’s post from earlier in the week!
Katie is an Artist located in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.