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    Step #239: Abstract Backgrounds

    How do you define a background? To me, it's the beginning of a page, after you get gessoed and you start adding stuff, whether paint, paper, texture, but before it is complete. It is the backdrop to the focus of the page, whether it's a photo, a quote, your journaling, etc. We love, love, love them, sometimes so much that we leave them as backgrounds. It's the scenery, still rough.

    To work on backgrounds, you'll need decent focus, a creative mind, space for paints and papers. It's a typically messy phase, but doing backgrounds in small chunks of time is feasible. Golden Fluid Acrylics are my go-to materials for art journal backgrounds. What's your trademark starting material?

    I'm intrigued by the idea of building a journal of abstract paintings... a journal of backgrounds. The idea is from Cathy Cullis' november painted journal; here's a link to the entire journal. It's wonderful. So many of my backgrounds I never build upon, so why not just start with that as the goal.

    Here's more in the step-by-step art journaling series

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    Hmmm...I never thought of it that way; backgrounds as abstract art in themselves. Wow! I love that last piece of yours (all of them, really but that last one is awesome!)...you inspire me to go grab my Goldens and set about making "backgrounds" this morning....after I check out your links. ;-)
    Peace & Love,
    Craft Therapy

    12.4.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

    Barb, Perhaps that's why we fall in love with our backgrounds, because they are art! ~ Tammy

    12.4.2009 | Registered Commentergypsy


    12.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjo

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