How To Block Out Simple Shapes in a Busy Mixed Media Background

Ready to start your next mixed media art journaling project? Learn how to block out simple shapes already created in the background to highlight the fun texture while toning down everything around it.

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Hi Blitsy Fans!

Sometimes I go a little overboard when I'm creating a background in my art journal. One of the great things of having a working Art Journal (or two or three) is that you can play without limits or inhibitions holding you back. Today, I want to show you how you can take one of those busy backgrounds and tone it down by blocking out shapes or patterns and still keep the texture and layers still part of your overall page. I'm starting with a completed background page in my Canson XL Journal that was extremely busy and some might have just covered the entire thing with gesso to start over but there were two flowers that stood out to me that I thought would be perfect to highlight while keeping some of that busy background showing through as the petals. Just by blocking out the page around the flower shapes with gesso, I was able to transform this art journal page into something that made more sense and I created an area for my journaling in the process. I will show you step by step how I did this in the video below, let's get started!

Supply List:

  • Dylusions Acrylic Paint (Calypso Teal)
  • Dina Wakely Heavy Body Acrylic Paint (White, Tangerine)
  • Liquitex Gesso White
  • Dina Wakley Media Stiff Bristle Paint Brush 4-pack
  • Dylusions Paint Pen - White
  • Canson XL Mixed Media Spiral Paper Pad
  • Montana Acrylic Paint Marker, Standard Nib - Shock Black
  • Uni-Ball Impact Bold Point Gel Pen - White

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Close Ups:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope this inspired you to keep all those busy background pages and use them instead of covering them and starting over from scratch. I can almost guarantee there are hidden gems in each one if you just step back a moment and take a look with fresh eyes.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!