Art Journaling: Abstract Painted Backgrounds

Welcome everyone!!! It’s Shari Carroll here with an art journal feature where I’m trying out painting an abstract background. I think I’m hooked!!!

I love Dina Wakley for her easy style, dry brush techniques, and let it go attitude. So… I’m channeling her for this page. In her teachings, she talks about focal and starting points and ways to just get the paint on the paper or canvas. I’ve chosen the “cross” and have followed it quite literally in this design.

I’ve always wanted to able to “just let go”, the dry brush technique is exactly what I needed to try. I love the areas where the brush skips over the paper leaving a nice textured look. 

This was fun, and as you can see in my video below, the painting went really fast!  I might just keep this smaller journal for practicing and trying more painted backgrounds so I can track my progress. 

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to pull out your journal, paints and just GO FOR IT!!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

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Ranger Dylusions SMALL CREATIVE FLIP…
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The Crafter’s Workshop WHITE GESSO…
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Dina Wakley Ranger PEACOCK 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger MARINE 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger OLIVE 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger SEDONA 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger BUFF 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger CHEDDAR 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger UMBER 1OZ Media…
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Dina Wakley Ranger MEDIA BRUSHES…
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Dina Wakley Ranger COLLAGE WORDS 2…
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology BUTTERFLIES…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology TEXTURED…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
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Ranger WATERCOLOR PAPER Inkssentials…
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Faber-Castell COLD GRAY III Stampers…
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Uni DO! POSCA EXTRA FINE WHITE Paint…
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE COMFORT…
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  1. It was great watching how it came together. Love those colours. Would have loved to see how the other panel turned out, as well.

  2. Awesome Shari. I have problems with “just let go” but when I saw you painting the stunning cross I immediately wanted to take my brushes to try this out. Thank you so much for showing and inspire me! Have a great weekend.

  3. Love this! I learn so much from you watching you do your mixed media projects. I try to apply your techniques into my scrapbooking and card making! Thank you for the videos!

  4. I have watched this twice and just love it .So relaxing ,so very well done.Colour choices are perfect!Thank you so much!

  5. This may not be your normal style, but you look like a natural! This is really lovely. I didn’t know where you were going with it, but I enjoyed watching you get there!

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