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Five Minute Backgrounds for Your Mixed Media Art

Charmaine Boggs, artist, arts educator, jewelry designer

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9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction and Welcome

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Stencil Prints on Gesso

    • 4. Watercolor Stencil

    • 5. Brush Letter Wash

    • 6. Printing Ink Textures

    • 7. Acrylic Monoprints

    • 8. Share Your Project 1

    • 9. Wrapping It Up!


About This Class

In this class, you'll learn five quick and easy ways to create colorful, unique backgrounds for your art journal pages and other mixed media art. Each technique can be combined with others to form beautiful collaged papers that can be embellished with paints, inks, and other ephemera that you already have in your supply cabinet. 

This class is perfect for those beginning their art journaling journey as well as more experienced artists on the hunt for new techniques to integrate into their work. This class uses watercolors, brush markers, acrylics, and block printing ink to add color and texture to papers of all types. 



1. Introduction and Welcome: Hello and welcome to the skill share class that I'm calling 55 minute backgrounds for your mixed media art. I'm Charmaine Boggs, the artist and creator behind the Skill share channel, and I can honestly say I don't think there is a single art material that I don't enjoy using. But I am especially fond of painting, especially watercolor in acrylics and printmaking in any form. So in this class I'll be combining those two art forms in a variety of ways in order to give you some tips and tricks and ideas for creating interesting backgrounds for your mixed media collage work. Whether you like to create art journals, whether you're scrap Booker or you just want to do some stand alone mixed media art thes air techniques that combine beautifully to create colorful artwork Here are a few examples from the upcoming lessons in the school share class, although some of the lessons themselves are a bit longer than five minutes. That's because I'll be talking about the materials that you need or the preparation that you need to do before beginning. But in reality, once you've gathered your materials and practiced a time or two, you'll find that you really can create one of thes backgrounds in five minutes or less, but for now, let's move on, and I'll go through the list of basic supplies that you'll need most of what you probably have on hand. 2. Supplies: There are a few basic supplies for us to get started with. You'll need to cover your table because many of thes activities air quite messy. I use the kind of disposable table covers found in party supply stores, but I use them over and over again. Paper towels, a water jar for your brushes and eight card in his handy for mixing your acrylic paints. Ah, plate for rolling out your inks or your paints is very handy. I use a Styrofoam plate or cleaned out vegetable and fruit trays from the grocery store. It really anything that's flat and doesn't absorb the pain will be fine. And then, of course, a variety of papers, whatever you have on hand. Watercolor, mixed media, scrapbooking, handmade. Collect those old calendar photos. I sometimes use old maps that we have on hand or pages from magazines and flyers that you get in the mail. A lot of reusable Zaheer. Some of the lessons require specific materials. The stenciling prints on Jess. Oh, you'll need some liquid text. Jess. Oh, ah, foam brush for applying the Jess oh, craft paints or acrylics? Ah, sponge. I like a sea sponge, but any sponge will do. Um, stencils. You get it. Any craft or hobby supply store and any scrapbook papers or other papers that you have on hand for this particular project will be fun. In one of the lessons will be using stencils with liquid watercolors and will be mixing up of diluted solution of watercolor. So you'll need a spray bottle or two for that Ah, water jar, watercolor, brush your stencils, some liquid watercolor paints and then some water color or mixed media paper. And you'll find under the your Projects tab that I have a link for you to purchase the watercolor magic paints from Amazon, as well as the number of the other materials that I'm using in this class. In the lesson about brush, letter wash techniques will be using brush markers such as the Tom Bows or the artist's loft that you can buy at Michael's. You'll need a water jar in a watercolor brush. Ah, watercolor paints. I like to use the pelican brand opaque water colors, and I have a link to that also under the your Projects tab, and then you'll need your watercolor or mixed media papers for this one as well One of the lessons is a very simple Rolled Inc background technique will be using block printing inks . I like this set from speedball because it has your basic primary colors white, black and a little gold. Ah, Breyer or roller your plate or trey, and this one works with any papers that you have on hand. It could be plain papers previously drawn on papers, scrapbooking, papers, literally anything you have congee used for this role. Ding background technique. One lesson that's a lot of fun to do is acrylic mono printing. And for this one you'll need some type of acetate film like you would get for making Transparency's at an office supply store. However, I preferred dural are, which is a product made especially for mono printing and other wet media techniques. You'll need some acrylic paints, some acrylic brushes, liquid Tex gel medium, which will make your, um, acrylic paints. Ah, little less likely to dry out while you're working some craft sticks or a disposable spoon for stirring your egg carton is great for mixing. And like everything else, just about any paper you have available is going to work for this technique. So there you have it. These are the supplies that you'll need to gather up your supplies and meet me in the first lesson and we'll get started. 3. Stencil Prints on Gesso: for this demonstration. I'm going to use the liquid ticks, Jess. Oh, and I'm going to be using a phone brush for applying the Jess. Oh, and I'm going to also be using some Martha Stewart craft paints. But any craft paints that you have are going to work fine for this project. This just happens to be what I have on hand right now at home. So I'm going to start with the Jess. Oh, but when I'm going to also be using a stencil almost forgot about that part. And for this one. Since I have birds in my paper, I'm going to use feathers as my stencil I have on my stencil of feathers. So the first thing I'm going to do is pour out some Jess. Oh, uh, just so will serve to lighten my background and give me a surface that I can work on Just so is traditionally used for preparing a canvas for acrylic or oil painting. But in this case, I'm going to just use it to tone down my scrapbook paper, and it works very well for that purpose. And because I'm working with acrylic, it's also going to dry very quickly, so I won't have any trouble continuing in this five minute moment here. So I have my Justo spread out its thin, but it's present and it's covering, giving me a nice bird shadow. And I'm going to stop better with that. And I'm going to be using a sea sponge, and I'm going to be using some of these paints they Martha Stewart metallics, and I'm going to pour out a couple of different colors. I have some of this. This one is called Citrine Gold metallic and I have some copper that I think is very pretty as well. Bad mint chip pearl Just because that sounds yummy to do one that I haven't used yet. It's a very pretty green, and I want one more color here, my light blue. And for this, because I don't have to be terribly particular about something moving, I'm just going to go ahead and pick up a little green paint. I'm going to hold this in place and not really worry about whether it moves a little bit or not, and some copper and I'm going to tip it out in this bluish lavender color, Then lift that and then I'm just going to turn my stencil. I'm not going to wash it or do anything drastic with it. I'm going to pick up a little bit of the gold. And what will happen since we're not changing material, changing our applicator. We're just working through whatever colors are here. You're going to find your colors begin to mix and blend, which can give you some lovely effects. And there's my stunts. My next one has a more of a great tone. So for this one, I'm going to pick up more of my brights, and I'm going to flip my sponge a bit. Here I have my stencils set this aside and then I can take my paints and just to a little blending around the edges just to kind of you use it. It's a way of using up paint, but also just adding a little bit of texture to your background that purely optional once your stencils around the way you want TEM leave, the more had to them as you choose, and I have paper ready to use 4. Watercolor Stencil: this technique is going to give you a background. That's much more representational like you see here with this fern leaf, I have a firmly stencil and I'm going to center it up on my paper. So I have that nice border. And for this one, I'm using watercolor magics, the liquid watercolors And what I have done is put about an inch and 1/2 of water in my spray bottles. And I've added liquid watercolor until I get it to the color I want. This is red added that gave me that pink color. And then this is green. And to my green, I added a little bit of blue and a little bit of yellow. So I have both of those colors. So this one I'm going to dio and all you do is let your stencil down. It's dry paper, and you simply spray your color. You get as much as you want on there. And for this one, I'm gonna add just a little bit of the pink. Then let it set for just a couple of minutes so that all your paints are absorbed into your watercolor paper before you try to move it When you move it, your stencil will have a lot of liquid color drops, so you'll want to lift it straight up. And there you have a lovely stencil with your colors, and don't move it while it's drying, because it will need to soak into your paper and you're going to have some beautiful tones . And once it's dry, you could shift your stencil and do it again in another color. Or just go with it for the rest of your watercolor project for the rest of your project. 5. Brush Letter Wash: for this background. I'm going to keep it very simple. I'm going to use some watercolor paper, some tumble markers, brush markers, water and a brush. And because I'll be getting my paper very wet. I'm not going to tape the entire paper down, but I'm going to corner tape it so that it doesn't curl up too much while I'm working come the surface, and to begin, I'm going to use my markers to simply write some words. And my theme is going to be summer with its beautiful blue skies and that gold and glow Yeah, over the peaceful garden under the bright sun. And once I have my words in place, the next step is very simple. I'm going to brush water for the surface and slowly but surely release the colors and some colors will release a little more readily than others. And finding my blue just doesn't want to give it up too much. Here, my yellows and my limey green are going off pretty easily. Now you can leave it the way it iss. But if you'd like to add a little bit of color, maybe you'd like this blue too. Go in a little bit more while your papers wet, you can add I'm using OPEC watercolors, which lend themselves beautifully to mellow out my background, and my theme now becomes blue skies. A variation on this technique is to make use of some brush lettering practice papers that you may have on hand. This is one. These were actually done with watercolors, regular watercolors and a brush, not Tom biomarkers, but the process works the same way. These were done weeks ago. They're very dry, but I can take my paintbrush and I can brush over it with that nice, clean this nice, clean water here and reactivate those paints. These colors have dried in. They've been there for weeks, so they're not going to go anywhere quite as readily. But I have started to get that process going, and now I'm going to take my opaque watercolors with a good bit of what around them and add some water color to my paper. And if your colors begins to get a little bit muddied, you can take your paper tubal and just soak up a little bit of that excess paint and then go back to having your color that green just kind of money to a bit more than I like when it came in contact with all that purple. And since this was just a practice paper anyway, there's no harm done. No love lost if things don't turn out quite the way I had hoped. 6. Printing Ink Textures: for this background, I'm going to be rolling out on these little plastic trays. You can also use a Styrofoam plate. Any non absorbent material that you can roll on will work just fine. And this is my Breyer roller, and I'm going to have two of them because I'm going to work with two collars I'm going to be printing with speedball block printing inks that come in this little six pack. It's very easy to work with. You can also do this with acrylic paints. It works with those as well. I just happen to have I'm a printmaker. Eso it. I have printing eggs almost all the time around, and I'm going to keep my little sponge handy. I've cleaned it out and it's wet just a little bit, just a little bit damp. And I have three different papers that I'm gonna do some quick rollout backgrounds on. I have some water color paper. I have some handmade rag paper, and I'm also going to use it on this very bright piece of scrapbooking paper. So to do this technique, it's very, very simple. I'm going to work with some red and white and some yellow and I'm going to roll out my read and write to create a pink tone. It will be a very vibrant, really more of a light red than a pink, and I'm going to roll out my yellow So a couple easy ways Teoh use your printing ink are to just simply roll it on to your paper can create textured backgrounds. And again, like with everything else that we're doing. We're not worried about any mixing and blending that may occur, so we just have a simple, easy background on my rag paper. We're going to squeeze out a little more yellow and had a little bit of white to lighten it , and this is going to give me a little bit more texture here. I'm just picking up a little bit of the roughness from the table underneath my work surface , and if I wanted to add a little softness, I can dab it with my wet sponge blended those colors. So this one has a much softer look with a lot more yellow in it, and then sometimes you just want to tone down a piece of here scrapbooking, paper, desert, scene yellow on it. Use my sponge to lend that in a little bit. And now I'm actually brushing my sponge across that can I can add a little bit yellow down here blended together, and I have a nicely tall down desert background for another project. Since I already have my inks out and next and I have my sponge, this is a really beautiful piece of mulberry paper, handmade mulberry paper that I got from on office supply store. So I'm just going Teoh, use up some of my inks by pulling. I have this bamboo stencil. So what I'm doing is just taking my wet sponge and mopping up some of that ink that I've made and just squeezing that moist Inc through my stencil to create a little bit of a pattern on my mulberry paper. So just one way to use up your supplies before you clean up. It's much better to do this than to have a lot of pink going down the drain, so I'm cleaning it up and at the same time creating some nice papers that I can use this part of another project, - pretty mulberry paper 7. Acrylic Monoprints: In this video, I'll be demonstrating a quick and easy way to make mono prints using acrylic paints or any craft paints that you have on hand and some acetate film. Or my preference is this material called Girl Are, which is an acetate alternative. It's a little bit heavier. It holds up a little bit better over long time use in washing, so so that I can see it well on my board here, I'm going to put on some white paper, and I have some papers handy that I'm going to be using. I have some white sketchbook paper from a mixed media book. I have some printed paper where I rolled some ink and I have a just sewed piece of scrapbooking paper. And to prepare this, I like to use an old A carton because I need to mix this Matt Gel liquid text Matt Gel Medium, which serves as an extender for your pains and also keeps them from drying so quickly because with mono prints, you need to be able to use your paint as a little painting and then get a print out of it. So I'm going to use three colors from my mount a print, So I'm going to put three little spoonfuls of extender in my eight carton. And then I'm going to use some cerulean blue and squirt some in there, and I'm going to some cadmium red que. These are Galleria paint, Galleria paints and Tracy that they're from Michael's. They're less expensive than the standard wind Windsor Newton professionals, but they were quite well for this project and last some cadmium yellow medium. So I now have the three primary colors, and I have some little sticks that I'm going to use to stir up my paints. So I'll sterling my blue. So did he. Extender is in there, stir up my head and stirred up my yellow. So I'm just going to work with the primaries because they're fun to the mix. And as you go and then I'm just going to use some acrylic brushes. I have my squared off acrylic brushes and some paper towel, and for this one, I'm not going to try to do anything too fancy. I'm going to do just a quick little floral like you saw in my 1st 1 little pedals, my flowers, and you do need to even though you have Extender, you don't need to work pretty quickly when you're doing something like this because it will . Even with the extender it is going to dry out. - And because I do want to have a green, I'm going to take some of my yellow and just move it over into another section of my eggshell carton and a little bit of blue until I get a green. And if I wanted a lighter green, I could add more yellow. I could add a little touch of white, but I'm just going to leave it as it is and create some level leaves, handsome stems. And for this thing, and you just might want to suggest the image that you're going for and what you have all your paints in place. You'll simply take your paper, lay it flat down and gently press and he'll back and you have your print. Now. The reason these air called mono prints mono, meaning one is that generally you can only get one good print from your mono printing paper . So what you'll see when I take this little piece of paper here that I have, I lay it on here. I'm not going to get as much of the image and probably not as vibrantly colored, but I can pull can sometimes pull a little bit more ink off of there and get a little bit more of an image. Now this one here is looking a little like a butterfly, so I can see some potential for doing some line work on that. But at this point, it's probably pretty well spent. I could apply more color over the top of this in order to repeat the design on another piece. Or I could use that as a jumping off point for going in a totally different direction and cover more of my door lar or your acetate film with the pains. Now what we're now we're going to end up with a totally different look, much more just coloring your space in a more abstracted way, and you'll see more mixing and blending of your colors as well when you're doing this. My students loved to make mono prints terribly messy when you're working with Children, but really fun because there's that element of surprise. There's that element of not knowing how it's going to turn out that just makes it a lot of fun to do for this one. I'm going to use my green paper, look it over, and I have a very colorful come on a print that conserves a background or can be tourney on and used in a variety of other ways. So mono printing great fun to clean your dural are This is just a piece of sketchbook paper . You could use computer paper anything and just take your driller face down onto the paper. You'll get a little bit of a print from the left over acrylics, and then just so that we don't have a lot of paint going down the drains because that's not a good thing. You can also take a paper towel and mop up some of the remaining acrylics, and I had students do this in the classroom before we wash them at the sink. Three wiped off a much of the paint as possible, and then just a little soap and water and let it air dry and you will have a clean piece of drill are ready to use again 8. Share Your Project 1: Now that you've learned a variety of ways to add color, texture and pattern to papers of all kinds, it's time to be a kid again. Just play with your paints, mix it up and put your own unique spin on the project. Add craft paint stencil ing over sprayed, watercolor stenciled images. Try watercolor stenciling on dampened paper for a different look. Just so print over old maps or calendar pages and create visual memories of places you've visited or special days and special celebrations. Sponge pain over your own watercolor washed brush lettering. This is a great way to use those old practice sheets that you've collected mano print on those textured and colored papers that you've created and even considered drawing on your own prints or using them in colossus that you've created with other materials that you have on hand. You can even make a digitally enhanced version and print that out and use that as part of your work. There are no rules and no limits. Just have fun and be sure to post one or more of your results to the class projects page. I'll be looking forward to learning from your experiences with my class. Have fun 9. Wrapping It Up!: I hope you enjoyed this skill share class, and I'll be looking forward to seeing your projects posted in the project section on this page. If you enjoyed the class, please leave a review for the other members of the skill share community and pass my link along two friends that you have who might be interested in learning these techniques as well. If you want to stay in touch and get information when I post a new class, please click the follow button and you'll get an email whenever a new classes published. You can also join in our class discussion page below this video and let me know if you have some tips that you can pass along some things that you learned while doing the class that could help me and the other members of our community, or even just some ideas you have for something else you'd like to learn and see on a scale share class. But for now, I'm going to ask you to put down that screen, get out your art supplies and be creative and have fun, and I hope to see you again soon. Bye bye