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I get a lot of emails, instagram comments and tweets asking about background ideas in my art journal pages. I thought it'd be fun to give you all 10 ideas to spice up your backgrounds!
- Using acrylic paint and a brush, cover your page with paint. While the paint is still wet, drip rubbing alcohol on the page and watch magic texture appear!
- Paint your page with watercolor. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle table salt on top of it. Let the page(s) dry and then rub the salt off of the page. Check out what's left! Pretty sweet!
- Collage coffee filters or tissue paper over the page using tape. (Keep the tissue paper as dry as possible!) Then, drip liquid watercolor over the tissue paper. Gorgeous!
- Position three drops of acrylic paint in different colors on your page, right next to one another. Then, using a credit card or old store loyalty card (hey, Best Buy...) smear the paint colors down the page. Then use side strokes over the vertical ones. It mixes the paint but keeps the colors somewhat separate still. Kind of (really) rad. :D
- Use pages from an old book to collage the background of a page. Highlight or mark out certain words.
- Give the page to your kids/hubby/boyfriend/best friend/someone you trust and let them color/doodle on the background. It can be fun to create something based on someone else's start.
- Use a map as the background for your page(s). A vintage map, or even one printed out from google can work!
- Dip a string (yarn or even dental floss will work!) into acrylic paint. Place string/floss on your page, then shut your journal/smashbook on it. Pull out the string while the book is still closed. Then open up and see what shapes you've created! Keep going to cover the page as much as you'd like.
- Use a piece of newspaper as your background, then watercolor over it. This turns out so so beautifully.
- Using an ink pad, color the whole page. (Put the ink pad down on the page and press!) Then, using a brush wet with water, brush over the ink and watch it turn into watercolor! This can do some beautiful things on your page!