Easy Mixed Media Background Stencil Tutorial

I have a thing for mixed media backgrounds.

I also love simple mixed media processes that I can repeat again and again as my muse desires.

And for many years now, I have collected many, many simple background processes that I am excited to share.

This first background is a fun technique that’s easy to do and with supplies most mixed media dabblers already have.


What is color spray? It‘s what I call any type of coloring medium that you can spray out of a mister bottle. It’s easy to make your own and soon, I’ll post some different ways how. For now, here is a tutorial to make your own using every day supplies.

I enjoy making artist trading cards. They’re little, so you can make them in a short amount of time, but you can still use whatever and however many supplies your creativity fancies.

So my background starts out with a piece of card stock 2.5 by 3.5 inches big:

I picked out a stencil and covered my card stock.

I squirted some white craft paint on top of the stencil.

And spread it around using a palette knife. Use a lot of paint here.

Peel off the stencil and you’ve got your design.

I grabbed some of my homemade ink spray and sprayed it onto the wet paint.

I added more colors to my card.

Once I was happy, i stopped adding colors and let it dry.

Here is an example of a homemade altered postcard I made using the same background technique.

What do you think? do you already have the supplies at hand?

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