I am finally getting back on track with the Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media series. To review, I wanted to share some quick and easy background techniques that you can create using some non-conventional materials that you can find in your bathroom! So far I have shared backgrounds created with a toothbrush (weathered wood, splatter) and cosmetic sponge (seamless painting).
Today I am sharing a faux finish texture using cotton balls. This background technique is a great way to tone down a bright or bold background, create a venetian plaster look, or the look of clouds.
Begin by applying a color to the background. For this background, I used a cosmetic sponge to apply one color of Distress Paint over the entire tag. A cosmetic sponge applies the paint in a very even and smooth layer giving a really nice solid color look that doesn’t have any brush or dabber streaks or lines.
Squeeze out a small puddle of Distress Paint (I used Picket Fence) onto your craft sheet. Fluff 2-3 cotton balls. Hold the cotton balls together. Dab the cotton balls into the paint. Blot the cotton balls onto the craft sheet to make sure they don’t have too much paint on them.
Randomly dab the cotton balls onto the painted tag.
Continue randomly dabbing the cotton balls onto the tag, overlapping previous layers. Squeeze out more paint onto the craft sheet as needed.
There should be areas where the white is thick and thin. The varying thickness of the paint will add depth to the color and will also create a textured look. When finished, simply throw the cotton balls away.
Use a heat tool to dry the tag.
With a painted tag, you will need to sand the edges to add an inked edge. Use a sanding grip to sand along the edge of the tag.
Blend Distress Ink onto the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.
After inking, buff over the tag with a dry cloth to remove any excess ink that is on the paint.
I love how easy this background is to create. I love the textured look and the dreamy way the background color is softened. I prefer it with white as the top color but you could use any color combinations. Imagine a dark top color like Pumice Stone or Hickory Smoke to create a dark foggy look for Halloween… so many possibilities!