Start with a blank page in your art journal. Some like to make a whole bunch of backgrounds at one time. I am learning that I hate mass production and love sitting down to a blank canvass. There is something calming about starting a new thing. You will have to determine what you like and how you work.
You will need a glue mixture. For my art journals I use elmers glue with 1 cup water and 1/4 cup of glue. I keep it in a tub so it never dries out. For my fine art I use Mod Podge with the same dilution or straight gel matte medium with no dilution.
I have a drawer full of scraps from previous projects that I love to reach into and just grab something out. Like when you were a kid and at the dollar store they had the $1 grab bags and you couldn’t wait to see what you got. If you don’t have a grab box just start with tearing pages out of a romance novel or dictionary.
Today we will create a very random background with no particular picture in mind.
Start by pasting down the pages in a very random method. If you have a hard time being random try this: Coat the blank journal page with glue and sprinkle the book pages over the page. Use an old brush to brush the glue mixture over the book pages. I like using a paint brush from home depot that is very inexpensive.
Next you want to lay down a background of colors. In celebration of Spring I will be laying down a yellow and pink background. You can use stencils to add shapes and texture to the background.
Have fun creating your amazing backgrounds. I would love to see what your up to. Also this tutorial will be available on you tube.
Have a crazy amazing day