Use all over page or as a border
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Easy Art Journal Background with Paint Scraping

Scraping Paint with a Plastic Card for a Art Journal Background

Use all over page or as a border
Use paint scraping over whole page or as a border

I like things to be easy (and fast) when it comes time to working in my art journal.

When it is easy and fast I have more time to work on additional art projects and I also make time for the rest of the things in my life that I want to do.

Here are five reasons I love this technique for my art journal:

  1. No wasted paint by using brushes or palettes
  2. Dries fast so I can start writing sooner
  3. Dries flat
  4. Colors stay vibrant and not muddy because they dry before layering
  5. Easy

Materials needed:

Plastic card – old gift card, plastic hotel key card, or junk mail cards

Paint – Golden Fluid, or inks like FW Artists Ink

Journal Page

Technique:

Put a few drops near the edge of your page.

Grace Mendez Scraping Grey Paint on Art Journal Page
Scraping Grey Paint on Art Journal Page

Use the card to pull the paint across to the other side or around the page as desired. Wipe any excess onto the page or pull across again until all of the paint is off of the card.

Repeat with different colors or use just one color.

Grace Mendez Adding Magenta to Art Journal Page
Adding Magenta to Art Journal Page
Grace Mendez Scraping Yellow on Art Journal Page
Add more colors as desired

Alternative: Only pull paint in one direction to create lines to write on or between like this.

Finished pages and the colors used
Finished pages and the colors I used

How else can this technique be used?

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