Bonus Art Lesson: Create an Abstract Background

Hi!  I wanted to include a very abstract background tutorial.  you can use backgrounds like this for any verse!  The more layers you put in ones like this, the better they turn out.  Be careful mixing colors though, you want to make sure it doesn't get too busy, or muddy looking. Step one:  Rip out a crazy strip of paper out of...well, anything!  Old books, reciepts, phone books, junk mail.  The text behind just gives texture.  Glue it down to the left side of the paper.

Step 2:  Add a wash of color with a big juicy brush.  Don't fill the entire area, and add in a similar color while it is wet.  Tip your paper back in forth if there are puddles to make the colors run and make fun lines.  Let this dry.  You can use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

While that is drying on a separate piece of paper add just a bunch of color all over the same way we did above.  We are going to cut shapes out of this paper.

Step 3:  Find a piece of bubble wrap or some other textured found object.  Put a similar color, but darker than the background on the bubble wrap, then flip it onto the paper and make a print.  The watercolor will run together a little and make indistinct shapes.  That is good!  You can also use stencils or just add some crazy brushstrokes.

Step 4:  Cut 6 wonky little circles out of the separate piece of paper.  The less perfect the better.  Glue them to the top and bottom of the page.

Step 5:  Use a black marker or pen to draw outlines on the circles and outline the strip of paper.  Add several lines.  Use white paint or a marker, chalk, whatever to  add white circles around a few of the printed texture.

Step 6:  Add your verse!