Mixed Media Background and Quote by Kooky Makes

Kooky_picHello fellow art fans, I hope you’re all getting your supplies hoarded for a winter of creating. I really love the winter for holing up in my study and making lots of art and craft.

For my post today I’m going to take you through how I make my layered, translucent, mixed media backgrounds.

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When I first started art journaling I really struggled with making a background that had enough interest but didn’t take away from the subject and writing. Over time (and a lot of awful backgrounds!) I worked out a process that allows me to create something with layers, white space, muted colours, texture and translucency – all the things I love.  If you like these things too I hope you’ll take the time to watch my video below.

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Here are some points to think about as you create your background:

  1. Think about where you’re going to put your subject and leave that bit white. Don’t be afraid of white – it makes all the other colours pop!
  2. I like working with complimentary colours (brown & blue are opposite each other on the colour wheel) and tend to just use variations of the two I’ve picked.
  3. Start with a water based layer on gesso (so it moves around) that will bleed up through the layers.
  4. Do a couple of transparent layers (distress stain then washi tape) then a couple of opaque ones (acrylic then paper) then a couple more transparent (tissue paper then stencils/stamps)
  5. Make it look messy.
  6. Use gesso to pull all the different bits together and to tone things down at the end if anything is standing out too much.

I hope you enjoyed the video and have learnt some new techniques for layered backgrounds. If you have, I’d love to see your work on the Lulu Art & Friends facebook page. To keep in touch with what I’m doing you can follow my blog at kookymakes.wordpress.com.au or like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kookymakesart

Thanks for reading and watching. 🙂

Kooky

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