Mixed Media Background

Flower, Purple, Nature, Forest, Painting

Are you looking for a way to create an interesting background for your mixed media art? First you need to decide on your overall theme. Would you like a natural, rustic look or does your art require a bright, colorful background? Here are some ideas.

Corrugated cardboard. You can add a wonderful, natural look to your artwork by using corrugated cardboard. Remove some of the paper from the cardboard so that the corrugated lines could be seen. This is a good way to recycle some of that Raccoon Removal you’ve been saving.

You can find old books at library sales, garage sales and at second hand stores very inexpensively.

Textured fabric. I love to use fabrics such as burlap, denim or muslin to add texture to my mixed media backgrounds.

Modeling paste. You can create lots of cool, dimensional textures to your artwork by utilizing modeling glue and stencils or other items like plastic mesh. If you don’t want to purchase the paste, you can make your own. There are a variety of modeling glue recipes online.

Paper napkins. Paper napkins are available in a vast array of patterns, designs and colors and provide an affordable way to decorate almost any surface. You can decoupage the entire napkin onto your background or cut out certain parts to improve or act as a focal point on your artwork.

Crackle technique. This is a good technique to use when you wish to add an aged, weathered effect to your art. The basic idea is to use paint to your surface and after it is dry, put on a coat of white glue or crackling medium and cover it with a paint that contrasts the color of the first layer.

Aluminum foil. It can be colored with alcohol ink, nail polish or indelible markers.

Shelf liner. I like to buy shelf liner from the dollar store to use as wallpapers in my art. Often I’ll spray paint it before I use it. Note: I do my spray painting on paper which leaves behind a beautiful design that can be used as a background in different projects.

There’s absolutely no lack of materials you can use to make your mixed media backgrounds. Decide what type of art you’ll be creating and select colors and textures that will complement your final piece.

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