Simple Art Journal Backgrounds


darbycaseygiftcardThis is my favorite way to do backgrounds.  I didn’t use one brush on these backgrounds. I used an old gift card and those fake credit cards you get in junk mail that says “your name can be here” on them.

I do this a few ways depending on the amount of paint I want to be using.  If I am wanting a large area covered then I squirt some paint straight on to the paper and then spread it around  with the card. I scrap it up and down and to the edges.  As it builds on the card, I make sure to lay the card flatter to the paper as I pull it across the page.

I am really bad about waiting for layers to dry, but it works better of course when you wait for them to dry before adding another color.

If I want less color, then I just put a little on a palette and run the card across that or I put  just a few dots of color right on the card and then run across the page.  Such as in these first 2 photos below: I  put just a few dots of metallic gold paint on the card and then smeared it across the pink and blue.

The second photo, I had white on a palette and ran it through the paint. I run the edge through the paint and then across the page to get those long lines.  I smeared purple over the white after it had dried to make it blend in to the page more.

I keep layering the paint until I get the right color combination and textures on the page.  This art journal the paper wasn’t good so it wrinkled at times with the layers of paint. But for my art journals, it is more about the process and getting out what I need to in the moment. Sometimes layering the paint is therapeutic all on it’s on and other times it is just a simple way to get a background so that I can get to the things I really need to express on top of that page.

Examples of backgrounds using this technique:

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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Flora Bowley gave these 10 inspiring views to find for the prompt:

*Explore shadows and light.
Find complimentary colors (blue + orange, red + green, yellow + violet)
Take a close-up photo of the natural world.
Capture something in motion.
Find repeating patterns.
Take a photo of something you love.
*Look up. What do you see?
Look down. What do you see?
Take an “artsy” photo of your art supplies
*Take a loving self-portrait. You can do it!

I did the ones with the asterisk and might add to them this weekend. The second photo fulfilled 2 of the prompts.







This photo is from yesterday, but fits today’s prompt for #bloomtruebootcamp: Sensual. A rain puddle in our yard. I stood outside yesterday taking photos. Trying to capture those ripples from the rain drop hitting the puddle. But you know what was even more lovely and sensual – feeling the rain hit my skin. After snapping some photos, I looked to the clouds above and just stood in the moment feeling each drop hit my face and arms. Wash away every thought and feeling except what I was feeling in the moment. Allowing me to savor the moment.  Lovely and sensual.