Mixed Media Art Techniques 01 Painted Background

We hope you have as much fun with this background technique as we did. Here is the final background:

Pink and Purple background by Michelle Brown

We would also love to see your work – the backgrounds you have created with this technique and the work you have made using the background sheet as a starting point. Leave a comment below and a link to your blog, showing us your artwork. Please make sure you point us to your post with the artwork, not just your blog in general.

Adding the pink paint to the painted backgroundTexture the paint using an old toothbrushUsing a dry brush apply purple paint over stencil

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Here we create a simple background with many layers to add texture and visual interest to our Mixed Media Art piece, even before adding the collage elements. These techniques can be used with different colours to create all sorts of backgrounds.

My final mixed media piece;

pink and purple background mixed media collage

So get creating!

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  1. Wendy says:

    this looked and sounded like FUN so I decided to make some time on the weekend and have a play. I really enjoyed making them and will definitely be experimenting more with the technique. Think I will print the scanned backgrounds out and then I can cut them up and use them on cards, ATCs, in my altered books and journal pages also.


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