This is, undoubtedly, one of my all-time favorite, tried-and-true techniques. It's easy, it's fun, the results are great, and guess what?? It uses your stash, your scraps, whatever you have on hand -- perfect for this round of challenges!
First, you need something for the base--I usually choose an old piece of 12x12 scrap paper--plus your favorite adhesive, and, of course, your scraps. I keep mine in a (okay, yes, SEVERAL) collage boxes. AKA as old shoe boxes, but that's beside the point . . .
Ready to dig in?
Start gluing scraps all over the base. Don't worry about lining things up just right, and don't fret about color combinations--don't think, just glue! Sometimes it's helpful to continually turn the base as you glue, to prevent a discernible "top" or "bottom" to the background.
If you have some pet pieces you want to remain in the picture, be sure to save
them until last, because you really . . .
should COVER the base. At this point, you could stop and use your background piece as it is, but I generally try and unify the colors somewhat.
Here, I'm using a light acrylic wash, first in a blue, and now with a pink.
Once again, you may want to stop here, but why stop when you can STAMP???
Randomly stamp images all over the background--again, don't think too much, just stamp!
Finished? Whatchya gonna make? Time to CUT:
Here are some twinchie (oh, did anyone mention the Gingersnap Twinchie art exchange??) and atc backgrounds, all ready for some main images and embellishments!
If that's too pastel for you, go bright like I did in this background:
Squirt paint over the top of your background, and then smear it around,
making sure the paint is thin enough that the images show through.
And there is always the option of MORE paint!
Here, I printed with found objects.
Some other serendipity backgrounds: