I love this background technique as it gives me an excuse to use all those magazines Im always accumilating! Its really easy and it creates some gorgeous looking textured background art, read on for details…

What You Need:

  • Card Stock
  • Glossy Magazine Paper
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paints – any colours
  • Paint Brush

How To Create:

1. Take a sheet of glossy magazine paper and crunch it up into a tight ball, open it up and set aside for now.

2. Completely layer a sheet of card stock with double sided tape & peel off adhesive backing.

3. Gently pat the crunched magazine paper over the doubled sided tape – dont flatten it as you want lots of nice textures and ridges in the paper.

4. Lightly brush a coat of gesso over the scrunched magazine paper – you can water the gesso down if it is too thick – you want a consistency of milk for the gesso. Allow to dry.

5. Squirt a generous amount of acrylic paint over the surface -I like to use at least 2 different colours for this step. And smoosh the paint around the background using the paint brush. Make sure you get the paint into all the nooks and crannys. Let dry – your background is complete!

Optional – when the paint is dry you can lightly spray over the top with gold or any metallic colour wash spray to give the background a little extra pizazz!

Heres a scan of what the background look like:


Try it and see and while your here click on the links Ive found for more info:

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Here are my backgrounds I did for this…..

Before I gesso-ed:


After Gesso:


After I painted with acrylics and colour mist sprays:


Artwork created with the backgrounds: