Textured Mixed Media Background Using a Scrub Brush

The use of texture is one of the best things about mixed media art.

And making it can be really easy.

You could use nearly anything to create grooves...including a scrub brush. Yay.

And if you really want to get into it, I saw you can turn a drill into a power scrubber! Tho, I think that's overkill for what we're doing :)

tons of texture for mixed media

Of course, you'll need to use a medium that can handle keeping the grooves of a scrub brush, so here's the supply list:


supplies to make texture with a scrub brush

Here's what to do:

Smear some texture paste over the paper your using. You can cover the whole thing or just parts of the page.

spreading texture paste
smoothing out texture medium

Then start pouncing the paste with the scrub brush.

scrub brush for mixed media background

mixed media texture using a scrub brush

Let it dry and then hit it with some squirts with your inks sprays and glimmer mists.

(Here's another tutorial using inks sprays.)

spray ink and texture paste

texturing with ink spray and paste

See how the ink puddles up in the grooves making the color darker? The contrast in shades really shows the hills and valleys of the texture.

textured background art journals
texture bumps for backgrounds

With this fun new background piece, I made a couple of artist trading cards. And that's my deal with artist trading cards. I always use one of these fun background techniques.

artist trading cards with texture background

Here are some others:

make marks in texture paste

create marks in texture mediums

I'd love to hear if you've tried this before and what ink you used. Let me know in the comments.

And if you want to buy the supplies on Amazon...

texture using a scrub brush for mixed media
mixed media textured background using a scrub brush

scrub brush texture background


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