Book of Backgrounds 2016, Number 6

What kind of background do you think you’d get if you used stencils and modeling paste?  This lesson can be used for any sized painting surface, but it’s key that if you are working with something flexible, the modeling paste needs to be flexible otherwise it will crack.  It’s even more important that if you are giving your artwork away as a gift, for a swap or selling, you don’t want it to crack.  I use DecoArt Dimensional Effects or DecoArt Media Modeling Paste to solves that problem.

  • Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, 400 Series Vellum, 9×12


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Dioxazine Purple – DMFA12
  • Quinacridone Violet – DMFA34
  • Quinacridone Red – DFMFA33
  • Quinacridone Magenta – DMFA35
  • Pyrrole Red – DMFA18
  • Pyrrole Orange – DMFA21
  • Diarylide Yellow – DMFA11
  • Translucent White – DMFA40


  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18


  • Americana Decor Stencil
    • Brocade Motif – ADS01
    • Old French Script – ADS10


  • Royal Soft-Grip, #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Royal Clear Choice Stencil Brushes – 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″ – 1112

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Royal Palette/Painting Knife – LG2
  • No-Stick Mat (I’m currently using the Unstick Reusable Arts & Craft Sheet)
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby/Kitchen Wipes
  • Heat Gun


What did you think?

What’s the first idea that comes to mind if you were to create your own design?. Would it be for an art journal, ATC, greeting card?