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Background Techniques

Beautiful backgrounds can make or break a mixed media piece. There are as many background techniques as there are artists using them. Here are just a few of the many options.

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Credit Card Painting

Put all those fake credit cards and used up gift cards to use as paint applicators.

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The Rust Guide

Everything you ever wanted to know about making things rust.

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Crumpled Inking

Here’s an all-over texture that just about anyone can master.

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Dry Brushing

This basic brushing technique will give your backgrounds a linear texture.