As Easy as 1-2-3 Background² Tutorial

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Backgrounds


Today I am showing you how to make a background- actually two different backgrounds – for an art journal spread as easy as you count to 3…or almost as easy 😉


Picking my art journal, my Lily Wallpaper Stencil and Liquitex Spray Paint I start by spraying over the stencil over the left spread of my art journal.


Using the paint on the stencil for a negative imprint, I simply flip the stencil over to the right side and brayer over the back of my stencil


You can use the flip over step of course on a total different spread- because essentially these are actually two different background starters with the same techniques and materials. But I like to work in a double spread on my art journal and I like it when the sides are similar – like here in pattern, but still have  some interesting differences.


Using a big brush I spread a thin layer of Acrylic Ink over the spread. I love how the effect  – on the left side the lilly design is more bound in


while on the right, by taking some of the ink off with a baby wipe, the blue spray paint color pops even more.


I picked the same blue as a Soft Body Acrylic Paint as I used as a Spray Paint (Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) for the next step. Layering my Ornament Stencil over the empty spaces of my Lily Background I stenciled single ornaments in.


And done is/are my background(s)


Here is the background 1 …and


Easy, wasn’t it? I will show you in a couple days, what I actually did in my art journal with these two backgrounds.

Here is a complete list of the supplies I used


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Have an amazing day




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Comments (6)

  • Jani Franck


    I love how the layering works – gorgeous technique, thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Sue Clarke


    Sweet and you make it look so easy.


  • sécotine La Petite Française


    thanks so much for sharing your amazing work!!! love to play with the transparences of liquid acrylic paint!


  • Christy Tremblay


    REALLY Cool!!!
    I am going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing and the nice pictures!


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