Category Archives: Background Art

Ink Dropper And Bingo Dabber Splatz Backgrounds


I created a bunch of backgrounds using a plastic pipette dropper to drop random colours of artists inks onto my paper and draw random shapes and squiggles. I added further highlights using cheap bingo dabbers which I bought from the poundshop to make interesting splatz patterns.

Totally random and spontaneous backgrounds which are bright and fun to make – try it and see for yourself 🙂



Doodle Backgrounds


I have just finished doodling on my painted backgrounds which I created using the video lessons featured on Traci Bautista’s free online Doodles Unleashed Workshops as my inspiration.

I had a lot of fun doodling onto these bright backgrounds, this is the first time Ive actually used paints to doodle with rather than pen and ink and I must say I might be getting hooked! I love the wonkyness and unpredictable nature of the paint and brush as you slap it down and doodle!  I want to make some more!!!!

Here are my completed backgrounds, if you click on the thumbnails you can see them bigger, I think they are a lil too bright for my art journal so I will have to find another use for them 🙂

Protective Worksheet & Mop Up Backgrounds


Whenever Im playing with inks or paints I always work on layers of protective worksheets, these can be anything from plain white copier paper, kitchen towelling or even newspaper.

I know a lot of people like to work on the non stick liners for background because they are easier to clean up afterwards, not me! I much prefer working on papers as my protective layers because it means I get to recycle my worksheets as wonderful accidental background art in my future projects.

I to use kitchen towelling a lot in my artwork to blot off excess inks and paints or sometimes when I have changed my mind about a colour or ink to remove it totally, I also use them for cleaning my brushes and wiping off paint from my plastic palette too.

Instead of throwing these painty kitchen tissues away when Im done, I lay them out flat to air dry and use them at a later date. They can be a little fragile to work with, kinda like tissue paper, so I usually glue them to paper afterwards to add a bit of strength to them.

Below are some of these backgrounds when I created using my paper and kitchen towel surface protectors, they are much too nice to throw away, I cant wait to use them somehow…

New Inky Backgrounds For Doodling


Yesterday I got out my artists inks to create some new backgrounds so I could make some more freeform doodles, I love the vibrancy of inks and watching how they slowly trickle into each other to create interesting patterns and shapes which are perfect for tangling on.

Heres my backgrounds I did, I will share the finished doodles once Ive completed them: