- Document a day with me
- Sneaking around fear
- A Pep Talk
- Create with Sera
- Release Your Inner Child: Finger Painting
- Reduce, reuse, recycle!
- Postcard Multibook
- Finding your personal shape system for fast creating
- Turn your mood into an art journal page
- DIY a Mini Selfie Scrapbook with Paint Chips
- Stitching Together Ideas
- Expressing your current mood through a painted selfie
- The Magic in Underpaper
- Abstract Emotions
- Watercolor Mosaic Background
- Thoughts on a Daily Practice
- Together we can do so much
- Use it Up Journal
Watercolor Mosaic Background
I’m Suzanne and I’m so excited to share how I create these watercolor mosaic backgrounds. I love to make these because they are easy to do (really!!), look SPECTACULAR, give you an opportunity to slow down and meditate over your art, and have endless opportunities for variation.
- Paper — plain or printed. If printed, make it low contrast or toned down with gesso. You’ll use the watercolor paint fairly dry, so any kind of paper will work.
- Watercolor paint
- Small round brush — I use a Winsor & Newton Cotman 111 No. 1
- Markers or paints or collage paper for your featured image
Create your featured image
Paint, draw, or collage your featured image.
- Big, bold, graphic lettering — a single word or a short phrase. (Try Divsy’s three word poem prompt)
- Repeated shapes
- A collection of shapes
- Cut out letters
The sky’s the limit, but keep it bold and leave plenty of white space–but not TOO much white space (or you’ll be painting background forever…).
Plan your background
Do you want high contrast? Or do you want to play with low contrast? Do some testing on a separate piece of paper of your color choices make sure the featured image will stand out.
Here’s a trick: take a photo with your phone and use a B&W filter on it. If the main design really pops in black and white, you have enough contrast — if it blends in, you’ll want to adjust your plan–unless you want it to be low-contrast! It’s all up to you!
There are SO MANY OPTIONS. Almost too many! Even a single color of watercolor paint can give you a huge range of values. Or use several different shades of the same color.
Pick multiple colors — use the whole rainbow! Or pick a narrower color palette, based on a theme. I used red, green, and a gold for a Christmas project. Just make sure that they are similar in value and have enough contrast with your featured image.
Triangles. Circles. Squares. I gravitate toward the triangles the most because they are fun to fit together and pretty forgiving.
But I also really love dots, so those are pretty great, too.
Phew — it’s finally time to paint that background. I like to work from the center out, but I do turn the page around so I’m making sure I’m avoiding resting my hand on wet paint.
Keep your drush fairly dry. You don’t want blobs of water!
I will often paint a section and then go do something else, coming back to my page at different times throughout a day or even a few days. Depending on the size of the page you pick and the amount of white space you left, this technique will take some time to do. Make sure you don’t sit for too long at one time and that you take frequent stretch breaks!
I hope you’ve enjoyed making a page with a watercolor mosaic background! There are so many variations and possibilities, I’m almost giddy with the idea of seeing what everyone creates.
Start with a bold word or phrase — maybe celebrate GET MESSY today and letter it in bold black marker.
Paint your background in a single color or go for the whole messy rainbow and take the time to meditate on what you’ve learned from Get Messy and your fellow Get Messians.
Suzanne lives in a small town in Iowa and spends her days as a multi-tasking wizard (aka school secretary). At night, she binge watches TV shows, makes art, knits, embroiders, reads, and writes. Her twin boys are off at college and her husband is a farmer. Her cat probably needs his own Instagram, but she’s afraid he’d have a bigger following than her.