It’s Tuesday and time for a new mixed media video! Today I am sharing my new art journal page as I take you step by step to a very fun and easy technique for creating backgrounds. Follow along!

video tutorial

You can enjoy the video below or at my YouTube channel

close-up photos

For your background you need to die cut letters … or numbers and any share really that will add instant texture and dimension,

watch the video to find out how easy it is to bring all that texture into life

add splatters, stamping, ink blending and the background is done

and since I had so much fun with the background I didn’t want to cover it up so on one of the pages I just did a very small cluster with ephemera

while on the other page I did lots of layering that looks very involved but really it was so much faster than the background


Below you can find a list of all the products used today. Links to multiple online shops are available, just click the logo below each item. Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you.

A5 Mixed Media Paper Journal
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Altenew – Dies – Caps Bold Alphabet
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Distress Oxide Spray Tumbled Glass
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Distress Oxide Spray Shabby Shutters
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Black Shadow Dye Ink
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COFFEE Dye Ink Pad wkpr02
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ALPHABET AND NUMBERS Clear Stamps wtk163
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Ephemera Layers
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Ephemera Pack EXPEDITION
[ SSS ]
Curator Ephemera Snippets
[ ACH ]
blending brush
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Stamperia Rice Paper Glue
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Matte Glue
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WHITE Gelly Roll Pens Set of 3
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extra strong glue
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Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Tim Holtz – Glass Media Mat
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  1. Thanks for all the tips on doing clusters! And the letters on the background is a great idea! My mind is going with all the different possibilities for such a technique! The cheesecloth adds such texture. Thanks so much for the video and for bringing mixed media Tuesdays back!! An unrelated question: does adding water to Stamperia volume paste — if it’s getting dried out — ruin it? Is there a way to sort of bring it back to life a bit? Everything in the desert here dries out so dang quickly. Thank you, Vicky!

  2. I do not think that I have ever seen a background done like this. I love all the tips that you gave and I love the way that your pages came together. Thank you so much for the very informative video!

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