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Textured Background For Mixed Media

The technique I’m going to teach you today is a little bit like the last couple I’ve shown you.

I actually have a file full of techniques and I choose which ones to put on the blog at random using a number generator. I know that’s kind of weird, but thats how I do it.

So my randomly chosen technique for today is watercolors over stenciled texture paste. And it does turn out differently than the prior techniques on the blog.

Check it out.

Watercolor over texture mixed media background

Materials I used:

So I chose card stock because I like to use these backgrounds for artist trading cards - I love making them.

Then I chose a background stencil to use.

Texture thru Stencils for mixed media

I spread my texture medium over the stencil on my card stock.

I spread it fairly thin so it was even with the stencil.

Spread texture paste through a stencil to create artist trading card backgrounds

Here’s what it looked like when I removed the stencil:

Mixed media background texture through stencils

Let it dry.

Once dried, I got out my watercolors and started to add the first color. If you use multiple colors, it’s always best if you begin with lightest color first.

I saturated my brush as much as I could.

Watercolor over texture paste mixed media idea

My second color:

Creating watercolor backgrounds using texture medium

My third:

Mixed media background using watercolors and texture paste

And I ended with darkest color.

As you can see, I was intentional with where I added the colors. But you dont have to do that. It still looks cool if the colors are just splotted on randomly.

Mixed media background idea using texture and watercolors

And here is the finished background once dried:

Watercolors Mixed media background

The part I love about it is how the watercolors dry in the cool way watercolors do.

Here are all the versions I made:

Textured mixed media backgrounds for artist trading cards and art journals

If you like this technique check out Texture Paste and Stencils for Mixed Media Backgrounds.

Get the supplies on Amazon:

Create texture backgrounds for mixed media
Stenciled texture background idea

Mixed media backgrounds for mixed media art


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