Are you searching for a way to make an interesting background for your mixed media artwork? First you need to choose your overall theme. Would you like a natural, rustic look or does your artwork need a bright, colorful background? Here are some ideas.
Corrugated cardboard. You may add a wonderful, natural look to your artwork by using corrugated cardboard. Remove some of the paper from the cardboard so the corrugated lines could be seen. This is a fantastic way to recycle some of that cardboard you have been saving.
You can discover old books at library sales, garage sales and in second hand stores 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 cool, dimensional textures to your artwork by utilizing modeling paste and stencils or other items like plastic mesh. If you don’t need to purchase the paste, you can make your own. There are an assortment of modeling paste recipes online.
Paper napkins. Paper napkins are available in a vast array of patterns, designs and colours and provide an affordable way to decorate almost any surface. You can decoupage the entire napkin onto your desktop or cut out certain parts to enhance or act as a focal point on your artwork.
Crackle technique. This is a good technique to use if you want to include an aged, weathered effect to your artwork. The basic idea is to use paint to your face and after it is 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.
Shelf liner. I like to buy shelf liner from the dollar store to use as backgrounds in my art. Often I will spray paint it before I use it. Note: I usually do my spray painting on paper which leaves behind a gorgeous design which can be utilised as a background in different projects.
There’s absolutely no shortage of materials you can use to make your mixed media backgrounds. Decide what sort of art you’ll be creating and select colors and textures that will complement your final piece.