Monday, March 03, 2014

Scraped Acrylics

Just wanted to rerun this quick and easy background technique, in case you missed it on the Flourishes blog a few months ago...

You'll need:
--sturdy cardstock, chipboard, canvas or other surface
--acrylic paints
--a sturdy plastic card with a straight edge (gift cards or old credit cards work perfectly)

Dot or dribble the acrylic paints around your surface. I usually use 2-3 colors at once.

Begin scraping the paints around your surface. I use short strokes, and change direction a few times to fill in the space.

After the piece is dry, it's ready for more layers of stamping and color. Since this was (ahem) a pretty bright background, I broke up the brightness by stamping images from the Poppy Patch set with black ink (Versafine)....

Then, I softened the colors with some white acrylic paint, which I applied with my finger. (In the photo below, I'm using drywall tape for some fun texture - it has a light adhesive that keeps it in place temporarily.) For more tips on adding layers to your mixed media backgrounds, check out my Mixed Media 101 tutorial!)

I watercolored a poppy scene as the focal image on my card, using Inktense pencils... and here's how it all came together.

Thanks so much for visiting today - I hope you'll try this fun technique!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I've always loved your background paper but didn't realize that this particular one was "Dina-made"! It's beautiful and you should have it copied and reproduced! I also love the watercolor poppies. Fantastic card!!! Do you know if the Inktense pencils will color on black cardstock? If not, what do you recommend? Thanks.

  2. Beautiful! Love the colours you used and what a great tutorial.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. It is a surprising and original technical! I love the result. The card is very successful!

  4. I love this technique Dina! Simply gorgeous art piece! Thanks for sharing how you design - I learn so much from you and am inspired by your art work and bright spirit.

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  5. Absolutely stunning. Not only is the background gorgeous but so is your image.