Are you searching for a way to make an interesting background for your mixed media artwork? First you want to decide on your overall theme. Would you like a natural, rustic look or does your artwork need a bright, colorful background? Here are a few ideas.
Corrugated cardboard. You can add a wonderful, natural look to your artwork by utilizing corrugated cardboard. Remove some of the paper from the cardboard so that the corrugated lines could be viewed. This is a fantastic way to recycle some of that cardboard you’ve been saving.
You can find old books at library sales, garage sales and at second hand shops very inexpensively. The pages can be torn, sanded, tea stained, painted with watercolors and used to make wonderful backgrounds.
Modeling paste. You can create a great deal of trendy, dimensional textures for your artwork by using modeling glue and stencils or other items like plastic mesh. If you don’t need to buy the glue, you can make your own. There are an assortment of modeling glue recipes online.
Paper napkins. Paper napkins are available in a wide selection of patterns, designs and colours and offer an inexpensive 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 art.
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 apply paint to your surface and after it’s dry, put on a coat of white glue or crackling medium and cover it with a paint that contrasts the color of the initial layer.
Aluminum foil. Add texture to foil by wrinkling it and then smoothing it out with your hand. 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 will spray paint it before I use it. Note: I do my spray painting on newspaper which leaves behind a gorgeous design which can be utilised as a background in different projects.
There is not any shortage of materials you can use to create your mixed media backgrounds. Decide which type of art you’ll be creating and choose colors and textures that will complement your finished piece.