I'll show you how I made the background - step by step:
1. Here is my big piece of paper.
2. I've used acrylic paint (for children).
3. And, give your head an hour off - it's easier to be messy if the head isn't controlling the prosess. Just play with the colors, and make different kind of shapes. Have fun :)
4. Not pretty at all - but who cares!
5. A tip: Don't wash the brush, just let the colors mix and blend. Cleaning is boooring....
6. I've covered my whole piece of paper with paint. I love the mess! My 'ugly' - or let's be nice and say 'not very naturalistic' - style makes me smile :)
Let dry....... *sight* (Where do you buy a HUGE package of patience???) ....
.... *singing and practicing the Johannes-passion of Bach.....*
.... *testing testing nope not dry at all....*
.... "Thank God for the Heat Gun!"
7. I got an idea and wanted to use some wax crayons to make some spots and patterns on the background... Perhaps the wax will make the next layer of paint pearl...? Time will show :)
8. I also want to add some collage pieces and ephemeras, just to get some texture.
9. Gluing them on with decoupage glue. Messy, messy! :) (Especially since some of the paint wasn't all dry... *lol* Did I mention lack of patience?)
10. Time for another layer - cover the paint with some white.
11. And the background got sooo boring.... So I had to add some more color.
12. And time for the fun part: While the paint is still wet (*yeeeaaaahhh!*) use something to scrape off some of the paint. You can draw figures, write or just do some doodling. Look how cool it is when the bottom layer comes through!
13. And hey - I recovered the text and the music sheet!
14. Love how this pattern turned out!