Martice Smith II Shows How to Create Loose Backgrounds with RubberMoon Stamps

Supply List:

Small sketchbook


Paintbrushes (flat, round, fine liner)

Timer (set to 15 minutes)

Spray varnish, optional

Black + white paint markers or pens

Black stamp pad (make sure it’s archival and waterproof)


Mixed Media XO's

True Free Spirit

Step 1

Stamp the background with the Mixed Media XO's stamp.

Step 2

Apply paint using a round paintbrush. Don’t overthink it! Scribble the paint in three different areas to create harmony.

Step 3

Add additional colors. Soak the paintbrush with water and mix it in with the paint. Create paint drips, splatters and runs. It’s okay if you get messy!

Tip! To prevent your colors from becoming ‘muddy’, allow each layer of paint to completely dry before adding the next.

Step 4

Create a focal point with the True Free Spirit stamp.

Step 5

Add journaling and doodles with black and white pens.

Optional Step: Spray varnish to seal your artwork.

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  • Gale Lee - February 12, 2018

    Your videos are just delightful. you have such a pleasing smooth voice and you don’t talk down to us. I’m going to sign up for you on Instagram. I appreciate the speeding up of filming the process. sometimes teachers use real time and have too much “fill-in” talk. Your videos are very concise and full of great information. They make me feel really happy too!!

  • Sandee - October 06, 2017

    Loved the video!

  • Vivian - October 06, 2017

    Thanks for the demo!

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