tutorial: how to ... artsy background

Hi there :-) Recently I had some requests from some of you out there in blogland, asking me how I created the artsy backgrounds like here, here or here. So... I thought I´d share a short tutorial with you ... here you can see my sample: a sweet springlike bookmark  :-)
It´s super easy to make and you have so many options of creating millions of different backgrounds. 
1. You will need some patterned paper (I chose some October Afternoon paper), Punchinella (or this foil thingy that lies on top), acrylic paint, brush, stamps, ink (best would be stazon so it staaaz on the acrylic paint ;-) ), some cardstock, blow-drier (for the impatient ones like me ...) and some kind of card, like an old check card (card-board should be ok as well).
2. I tend to get really messy when I am using acrylic paint so I started putting some paper beneath my workpiece plus you can put paint directly next to your workpiece and then just trash the protection paper :-)
3. add some (let me emphasize this ... SOME! not like I did ... ) paint on your patterned paper and spread it over the paper using the check card. 
4. blow-dry and if you´d like to have more structure this would be the right moment to add more layers!
5. PUNCHINELLA TIME!!! Gee, how I love this stuff! Of course you can use any other material that will create a pattern. By the way: if you add colour to your workpiece like seen above, turn Punchinella around and push it on the paper, this will add the negative pattern on it!
6. Get your stamps out and put the final touch on it ;-) Cut cardstock and paper to the size you need and you are nearly finished! As you can see I couldnt resist adding some doodling *chrchrchr*

et voilà!

PS: check out Christy´s mixed media class where you´ll learn stuff like this!

Kommentare :

  1. Great tutorial Janna - thanks so much. Shall be having a little go at this myself. xx

  2. Fantastic tutorial Janna!! Thanks so much for sharing - I will have to try it out!

  3. Very cool Janna.. I will have to try this.. :) HUGS

  4. What a great tutorial. It looks wonderful. TFS..

    Hugs, Linda

  5. great tut, Janna. love the color combination.


  6. Fantastic tutorial!!!and wonderful butterfly. Hugs

  7. Das ist so perfekt! Danke lieb Janna.
    Werd's bei Gelegenheit probieren.

    Liebe Grüße

  8. Hello Janna: Congratulations for you beutifoul blog.
    Te sigo desde España.

  9. What a GREAT tutorial!! LOVE your backgounds and this tag is FABULOUS!!! (=

  10. Wonderful tutorial! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  11. Hi Janna! I thought I would come and check out your blog... and what do I find but an awesome tutorial! This looks like a lot of messy fun. Your finished bookmark is gorgeous!

  12. Toll, toll, toll...
    Danke für deinen kleinen WS!!

    GLG Doris

  13. Janna, thanks so much for this amazing tutorial! I LOVE the finished bookmark!! Now, where do I find that Punchinella thing?

  14. @Emily: Hi there :-) I bought it here: but you might get it in a DIY market?!

  15. Hi Janna
    Great tutorial! Visiting via Juliette's e-course. Love finding new places for inspiration!

  16. You are amazing! I tried to acrylic paint to create unique background, and I failed. Yours look sooo gorgeous! I'm gonna give it a try again. Thank you for sharing!

  17. What a brilliant tutorial Janna! I've been wondering how you did your arty backgrounds.

  18. Hi Janna
    How cool you makes it look so easy to make thanks :)Hugs Katrine

  19. hehe :-) it IS that easy! Think I should be sharing some more fun stuff ;-)

  20. Hi, Janna! Thank you for the great tutorial! I love this project and will be trying it!

  21. This is genius, Janna! Thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step! Completely inspired by your sunny creation!


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