Art Journal Inspiration - Creating Backgrounds with Paper Scraps and Stencils

Ophelia Staton
June 19, 2018
November 28, 2017

Hi Everyone, Ophelia here with another Artist Gang Tuesday Blog post.

This is a bit different from my usual videos and blog posts, as this is not necessarily a "finished" project...its more of a journey...a journey to use up my mounting stash of papers, and to fill this journal by Summer's end...or pretty close!

In this video, I will be using Donna Downey stencils to create multiple backgrounds to simply use up some of my paper stash, those rub-ons (some of which simply don't run on anymore) and get my washi tape out of the basket and onto a page.

I hope that you find this video and post inspires you to grab your stash and build some backgrounds in your journal for future play.

Lets talk about supplies:

Donna Downey stencils are great for adding a little something extra to your backgrounds, and it is so very easy to create interest with these stencils.

I love the grunge look it gives this page...

These small pods are my favorite!!! I think that I love all of these stencils because they are truly so versatile. I just love that I can use them on any project that I am working on, and they look great!

The backgrounds are simple to create, but the stencil just add such a nice touch!!

I also used a variety of acrylic paints, I poured out some colors on my palette and pulled scraps of papers in colors to, any acrylic paint that you have on hand, use it!

I also used my Lukas Watercolor set, its like my trusty old friend as I have had it for such a long time, and I really like the color selection that it gives.

I used acrylic inks which I poured in spray bottles. If you have every played with acrylic inks, you know how much fun they are to work with.

I have a video on my YouTube channel where I show you all of they ways that I play with them in my journals -

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Ophelia is a mixed media artist living in Creedmoor, NC.  She is married with two children.  Her son Stephen, is a freshman at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass, and her daughter Madison keeps everyone busy with a flurry of activities.  Ophelia truly finds refuge and solace in her studio every single morning way before the day gets busy, she is there, simply playing in paint.

After teaching middle school history for 15 years, she began her dream job as a high school visual arts teacher in August of 2017.  

She is the demo artist for her local Jerrysartarama in Raleigh where she is fortunate enough to be able to share her passion and inspires others to play.  

Ophelia absolutely adores playing in her journals or creating abstract paintings with lots of color and loads of marks.  Her work is displayed at Ollies downtown Wake Forest and 311 Studios and Gallery downtown Raleigh, NC.

Follow along with Ophelia on her journey at or over on Instagram @opheliasartstudio