grunge background

Does the idea of creating a grunge background make you feel a little like a rebel?

For me, the idea of being able to create a grunge background that is raw, textured and industrial looking really turns my crank.  I love it because it’s so random, yet planned.  Rarely can I replicate the look because it’s created out of a feeling.  When I create a project like this on camera, the look is different than a grunge background created off camera.  On camera, I”m focused on technique and not the feeling…except now.

The background I created here has got to be one of my favourites because it can be used for so many different things.  Here is a very small list of what you can use this grunge background for:

  • for a painted portrait of people or even animals
  • as a base for artist trading cards (atcs), postcards or art mini’s
  • backing for mixed media art
  • a formal background for stenciled or handpainted quotes or inspiration messages


Grunge Background

Background Type:

  • Anything that will accept acrylic paint that is sturdy.
  • Gesso demo is on plain cardboard

Palette:  DecoArt Dazzling Metallics

  • Worn Penny – DA287
  • Dark Patina – DA248
  • Black Pearl – DA127

Prep and Mediums

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste – DMM21


  • DecoArt Application and Texture Tools – DAS221

Found Items

  • Rubber or Cling Stamps
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Paper Towel/Wax Paper Inner Core Tube
  • Fun Foam

Brushes: Royal Aqualon

  • 1/2″ & 3/4″ Glaze Wash – R2700
  • #10 Shader – R2150

General Supplies:

  • Royal Brush Square Brush Basin – RD325
  • Royal Essentials Palette Paper – RD358
  • Unstick Reusable Arts and Crafts Sheet
  • Mister Bottle Filled with Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes, Kitchen Wipes or Kitchen cloths (for dry rub application)
  • Heat Gun


Think you might try this?

If you’ve never tried creating a grunge background before, do you think this project might give you some ideas on how you and use it with your currently style of art?  If you’ve creating a grunge background before, what’s your favourite colour combination.  Either way, please share your comments below.