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Are you looking for a way to create an interesting background for your mixed media art? First, you need to determine your overall theme. Do you want a natural, rustic look or do your art need a bright, colorful background? Here are some ideas.
Corrugated cardboard. You can add a wonderful, natural look to your art by using corrugated cardboard. Remove some of the paper from the carton so that corrugated lines can be seen. This is a great way to recycle some of the cardboard you have saved.
Old textbooks or songbook pages. You can find old books at library sales, garage sales and in used stores very cheaply. The pages can be torn, sanded, tea-stained, painted with watercolors and used to create wonderful backgrounds.
Textured fabric. I like to use fabrics such as burlap, denim or muslin to add texture to my mixed media backgrounds.
Modeling Paste. You can create lots of cool, dimensional structures for your art by using modeling paste and stencils or other objects like plastic mesh. If you do not want to buy the pasta, you can make your own. There are a lot of modeling paste recipes online.
Paper napkins. Paper napkins come in a variety of designs, patterns and colors and offer a cheap way to decorate almost any surface. You can relax the entire napkin on your background or cut out certain parts to enhance or act as a focal point in your art.
Crackle technology. This is a great technique to use when you want to add an aged, weather-beaten effect to your art. The basic idea is to apply paint to your surface and after it is dry you should put on a layer of white glue or a cracking medium and cover it with a color that contrasts the color of the first layer.
Aluminum foil. Add texture to the foil by wrinkling it and then smoothing it out with your hand. It can be stained with alcohol inks, nail polish or indelible markers.
Hyllfoder. I like to buy shelf cases from the dollar store to use as backgrounds in my art. Often, I should spray paint it before I use it. Note I usually do my spray painting on magazines that leave a beautiful design that can be used as a background in other projects.
There is no shortage of material you can use to create your mixed media backgrounds. Decide what kind of art to create and choose colors and textures that complement your finished work.