Tutorial Tuesday – Mixed Media Collage Background

Today’s tutorial was inspired by another one of my hobbies–mixed media in altered books. By combining Gesso, paint and an old song sheet, I created an interesting background for my rubber stamped image. Although I used Golden paints, you can substitute with an acrylic paint such as Jo Sonya (my fav) or Americana. If you do not have an old song sheet or book (one reason I love flea markets) you can use a newspaper. I love old paper because it is yellowed and thin. This is a very easy background–go ahead and try it out.

Mixed media collage background supplies:

Watercolor paper
Golden Gel Medium (or ModgePodge)
Golden paint (you can substitute)
Paint brush
Stamps (foam and rubber)
Old musical sheets or paper from an old book


Paint Gesso onto one side of watercolour paper.


Paint over top of Gesso.  While the paint is still wet, stamp rubber stamp into paint in random pattern.   A hint of pattern can be seen on the far left of the painted piece above.  Stamping in this fashion adds interest.


Tear paper and adhere to paper with gel medium or modgepodge.  Paint around the edges of the paper and scrap paint so it smooshes onto paper.  This is done so the edges of the paper blend into the background.


Paint foam stamp and press stamp onto paper.


Close up of image.

Posted on : Sep 09 2008
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11 People have left comments on this post

Sep 9, 2008 - 05:09:10
Penny said:

Gosh, that’s such a beautiful colourful background! I love the way the music paper blends in seamlessly. Great technique!

Penny x

Sep 9, 2008 - 09:09:49
malieta said:

Great tutorial Beth and I like the look of the song paper blended in…very cool! TFS!!!

Sep 9, 2008 - 10:09:09

This is beautiful Beth, I love all the colors and your sample is spectacular!! Thanks so much for sharing this!


Sep 9, 2008 - 10:09:34
Chelsea said:

I love the look of this .. thanks for sharing!

Sep 9, 2008 - 10:09:30
Becca said:

Beth, super coloring!! This is eye candy for sure!

Sep 10, 2008 - 09:09:20

Very pretty Beth! Collage is something that I’ve never been able to master, I read directions and try to follow along but just can’t manage it. You do great though.

Sep 11, 2008 - 04:09:54

This card is stunning!! Your coloring is absolute perfection and that background is a total *WOW*!!!

Sep 11, 2008 - 08:09:36
Shirley said:

Now this is just lovely. I love your colors, technique, and it really puts me in the mood for Fall and Thanksgiving.

Sep 13, 2008 - 04:09:04
Godelieve said:

Thanks for sharing another fabulous technique!

Sep 13, 2008 - 09:09:37
Michelle said:

Another WOW~ I love this technique! Very pretty!

Sep 15, 2008 - 10:09:30
Renu said:

Beth your tutorials are fantastic and this technique turned out just as great. I’ve got these stamps, so I’m definitely trying this one. I also left you an award on my blog because I think you do great techniques and are so generous to share them.

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