Book of Backgrounds 2016, Number 8

Want to know what the biggest challenge was while filming this video?  not popping all the bubble wrap!  seriously, I mean who doesn’t love bubble wrap!

If you’re looking at adding visual interest to your art, this is the way to do it.  You’ll never get the same imprint twice:

  • apply paint on the bubble wrap, press on your surface
  • apply paint on your palette paper, press bubble wrap on that, then press on paper – you’ll get good physical texture with this one
  • use a brayer and apply paint on the bubble wrap for a smoother finish
  • use bubble wrap and press on a wet painting to remove some paint
  • use the whole piece, parts of it, or cut into pieces and glue onto little wood blocks for instant stamps.

I hope you enjoy having fun creating this project.

Book of Backgrounds Surface:

  • 6×9 Watercolour Paper – 140lb

Palette:  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide – DMFA42
  • Transparent Red Iron Oxide – DMFA41
  • Quinacridone Gold – DMFA32
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange – DMFA31
  • Diarylide Yellow – DMFA11*
  • Titanium White – DMFA39

Mediums and Specialty Products:

  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium – DMM20
  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18


  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Mixed Media Stencils – Burning Rubber – Andy01


  • Royal Soft-Grip, #8 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Royal Aqualon, #6 Round – 2250
  • Clear Choice Stencil Brushes – 3/8″ – 1113

*if you want more vibrancy, use Diarylide Yellow instead of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

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 or Kitchen Wipes
  • Heat Gun


What do you think?

Have you ever used bubble wrap in your art? comment below and let me know how you use it.