Creating simple scraped paint backgrounds

by Niamh Baly

Hi All,

I am still playing with all the beautiful new collage rice papers and stamps from Scrap FX in my art journals and I wanted to share a simple – but complex looking background with you. While this is completed in an art journal, you could do this on a large sheet of card and cut it up for card backgrounds or scrapbook pages.

I started this page by scrapping different coloured acrylic paints across the background using an old gift card. The secret to this technique is to dry each layer of paint before you add the next. This will allow you to build layers of colour rather than mixing them into muddy browns. Once you are happy (it will look like a mess – keep going, that’s normal) tear the wonderful new sketching rice paper into small sections and adhere to the page with gel medium. Using different coloured archival inks and a variety of foam stamps from Scrap FX (here I used the letter and number ring and line marking stamp) to stamp randomly over the background. Finally I stencilled the freedom girl using pages grey in the corner and glued the quote from the rice paper collage sheet opposite her.

I loved how this turned out in the end. The colours are so vibrant and rich, and look a lot more complex than the process actually was. To see the full process, click below for the video:

Here is a link to the products I used in the final piece:



Happy creating,



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