My Favorite Art Journal Backgrounds

I think at some point or another everyone fears a blank canvas. Yes, there are times when a shiny white blank page can excite you with possibilities. However, there are times when it can fill you with dread. Today I am speaking to the latter. It is much easier to deal with a blank page if you have a few quick, almost thoughtless techniques to turn to. Below are my top five favorites to just get something down. 

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The picture above shows all five techniques. Going from left to right and top to bottom, I will explain how simple they are to create.
1) stencils- using a stencil of any kind and sponge or stiff brush, pounce your paint through the stencil to the paper underneath. This is great for covering a large area quickly. 
2) gesso or texture paste- using a scraper tool or old key card, scrap gesso or texture paste (or paint) through a stencil. This will give you a more sporadic look.
3) stamping- using a stamp or stamps of your choice cover the area with a repeat pattern, or use a background stamp to go faster. You will probably want to use a permanent ink so it run with other layers you'll add on top.
4) collage- use a gel medium or liquid glue to adhere pieces of paper, tape, fabric, or anything else you can find. This add color and texture quickly.
5) watercolor- using your favorite watercolor medium, apply a layer of paint over the area. You can also water down acrylic paint to make this layer permanent.  
Once you have a good first layer, you can use any of these techniques to add more. In the photo below, I did just that.

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I hope this inspires you to create even when the thought of a blank page scares you a bit! Feel free to link to your projects in the comments below or send it to me at becreativeboutique@gmail.com.