When I close my eyes and lightly glide my fingers over this book of backgrounds page, I imagine hiking at the Dundas Valley Conservation area and looking at the Apple Orchard in the field full of flowers.

Have you ever come across a piece of art that you just have to run your fingers over it?

In this book of backgrounds video, you’ll learn how to use stencils and stamping to create visual and physical texture along with using a theme as a visual prompt.

Book of Backgrounds Surface:

  • Any paintable surface, such as mixed media, watercolour, acrylic or TerraSkin paper.
  • Prime your surface with gesso if you are using anything less than 90lb weight.  If your paper is thin, gesso it to make it stable.  Multiple thin layers is better than one thick layer which will take too long to dry.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Cobalt Teal – DMFA10
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue – DMFA09
  • Cerulean Blue – DMFA06
  • Green Gold – DMFA14
  • Titanium White – DMFA39


  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18


  • Americana Classic Stencil – Jacobean Floral – ASC08
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Stencils
    • Accessories – Andy51
    • Vogue – Andy78


  • Royal Soft-Grip, #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Royal Clear Choice Stencil Brushes  – 1112

General Supplies:

  • DecoArt Texture Tools – DAS175-K
  • DecoArt Brush and Stencil Cleaner – DMM13
  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Royal Palette/Painting Knife – LG2
  • No-Stick Mat*
  • 1000+ Stain Remover AKA Winning Colours
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby or Kitchen Wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Heat Gun


*I’m now using the Unstick Reusable Arts and Craft Sheet for all my art projects.

What did you think?

Can you think of something to use as a prompt on your book of backgrounds page? I’d love if you shared it in the comments below.