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Brayered and Layered Background

By: Julia's Stuff
August 4, 2015

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Brayered and Layered Background
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This background could be used in a journal as a starting point; on a canvas; on a tag or ATC; on a scrap layout – the list is endless! The technique is quick and simple requiring a few colours, a brayer; stencils, stamps and other items which make a mark when used with paint.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • Traditions Artist Acrylics 3oz - Hansa Yellow Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Tornado
  • Andy Skinner Stampendous Stamps
  • Brayer
  • Assorted Paint Brushes


Randomly brayer chosen colours onto substrate – small gaps between the colours are fine.

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Using a large stencil and Translucent White add design to brayered background.

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Use Quinacridone Red and a stencil to add small spots around the background. Use Green Gold and an old credit card to add lines to background.

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Add Translucent White over the red spots by moving the stencil slightly to one side before applying colour – this is called ‘bumping’. Add circle shapes to some of the other spots using a pen lid.

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Use Pyrole Orange and a chosen stamp to add further detail to background.

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Use Quinacridone Red and Pyrole Orange with a homemade stamp (square shaped rubber stamp scrap mounted) and a paintbrush protector to add marks randomly around the background.

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Detail image shows marks made by homemade stamp and paintbrush protector.

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Detail image shows marks made using Hansa Yellow Medium and paintbrush protector.

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Detail image shows stencil ‘bumping’ technique on the Quinacridone Red spots using Translucent White.

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Fabulous love the bright colours and layers of colour and a great tutorial too Jools x


August 5, 2015

I Love this project! I'm gonna try it. And the stencils are great.

Vicki Scott

August 13, 2015

Wonderful project. Would love for my art students to try it.

Jean Bullock

August 13, 2015

Colors really pop! Off to thus did to play!


August 14, 2015

I love the brightness and the vibrant layers in this. Thanks


August 14, 2015

Thanks for the great tutorial! Love the colors and the stencils you used. I am definitely trying this!

Sonya Badgley

August 14, 2015

Great colors Julia!! Bold and brilliant!


August 22, 2015

A colourful and great backround, thanks for the tutorial Julia!!! xx


September 22, 2015

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