Art Journaling June: Prompt 2
Fabric Textured Background


  • Art Journal (My favorite is Canson XL Mixed Media Pad)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Burlap (pieces)
  • Muslin (scraps)
  • Pages of text
  • Mod Podge (or Acrylic Matte Medium)
  • White Gesso
  • 12 color Opaque Watercolor Pan Set OR any other watercolor paint/set
  • Watercolor paint brush (Medium)
  • Putty Spreader
  • Cup of water for paint brushes
  • Hairdryer
[ Step 1 ]

Start out by cutting a few long pieces of cheesecloth. On a blank page in your art journal, brush directly onto the paper a layer of Mod Podge (or Matte Medium). Press pieces of cheesecloth onto the wet Mod Podge. With a brush apply another layer over the cheesecloth. To create texture use the brush to push cheesecloth together to create small folds and irregularities.

Make sure that all portions of the cheesecloth is adhered to the paper. This will prevent the cheesecloth from moving around when you apply gesso & paint.

[ Step 2 ]

Begin tearing pieces of text paper. Again apply a layer of Mod Podge (or Matte Medium) to selected areas of the journal page, making sure not to have any dry spots.

Using a putty spreader, burnish the pieces to flatten the pieces of text paper. You can adhere pieces in random areas.

[ Step 3 ]

Cut scraps of burlap and begin to adhere the pieces to your journal page.  If you find that the burlap soaks up too much of the Mod Podge (or Matte Medium) you can switch to using Aleene’s Tacky glue.

[ Step 4 ]

Repeat the same process with scraps of Muslin. Always make sure that all your corners are glued down.

[ Step 5 ]

Once all your collage materials are glued down, completely dry your journal page with a hairdryer.

[ Step 6 ]

After you have thoroughly dried your journal page, begin to lightly  paint gesso over your entire page. You may choose to allow some areas where the gesso has been painted to be more translucent then other areas. Completely dry with a hairdryer once you’ve covered the entire page. If desired, you can apply a second coat of gesso over the pieces of burlap and/or muslin.

[ Step 7 ]

Once the surface of your journal page is completely dry, you can now begin to add color by painting the surface with watercolor paint. Simply brush paint over the different materials making sure the paint gets into the different crevasses. Feel free to add different colors in different areas of your page.

To accentuate details of your materials, add darker colors to the edges.

Now you have an interesting background on your journal page. You can add doodling, collage with images or other techniques to the page.