Painting an Uneven Background

Hi!  While a soft even background is most common in watercolor, there are times when painting an uneven background is more effective.  The texture and movement in an uneven background can help to reinforce your photos.  This layout is a perfect example of when an uneven background is ideal.

Uneven Background

Water is the subject of this layout, so painting an uneven background is perfect for these photos.  The movement of the uneven background paper echos the movement of the water and clouds in the photos.

How to paint an uneven background.

How to Paint an Uneven Backgound

Painting an uneven background is really easy.  Simply ready a lot of paint, then brush it on watercolor paper.  Since I’m using pan watercolors, I added a lot of water to the pan to create a thick soup of color.  Then with a 3/4″ flat brush I made bold, sweeping strokes of paint on the watercolor block.  Because I allowed areas to pool at the edge of the brush stroke and applied uneven pressure to my strokes, the background paper has lots of texture and movement.  It’s fun, easy and fast!

A list of the materials I used to create this layout are at the end of the post, including links to where you can find these products.  The links are free to use and by clicking on them you are helping to support this site.

The Layout

Nothing says spring like flowers, so I decided to draw some fantasy flowers using a PITT pen on watercolor paper.  In future posts I’ll detail how to draw fantasy flowers, along with leaves and banners.

Mat the Photos

How to paint an uneven background.

A light wash of yellow green on a piece of watercolor paper creates the perfect mat for these photos.

Title Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

A simple title, yet it describes the day.  Additionally, the cluster of fantasy flowers, leaves and a banner say it is spring.

Middle Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

Placing a cluster at the top right of the matted photos creates a diagonal line which helps to move the views eye around the page.

Top Cluster

How to paint an uneven background.

Finally, a small cluster at the top right completes the diagonal line.

This blog post part of a series of posts about drawing and painting your own scrapbook paper and embellishments.  You can see the other posts here.

Happy Scrapping!


Supplies Used

Below are the scrapbook products I used on this layout.  To make them easy for you to find, I have linked each of the items below.  I personally selected all of the products used in this project.  All products were purchased by me.  As always, I am not receiving a payment for doing this project or writing these blog posts.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase by clicking on one of the affiliate links.  Thank you for supporting my blog at no cost to you.

Watercolor Paint
Loew-Cornell - Simply Art - Watercolor Paint Cakes - 36 Pack

Fluid Easy-Block Watercolor Paper Blocks

Strathmore 200 Series Watercolor Paper Student Pad

Ranger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 Pack

Indian Ink Pen
Faber-Castell Mix and Match Collection Pitt Artist Pens Essential 4 Piece Set

Mechanical Pencil
Zebra Eco Jimnie Clip Mechanical Pencil

Prismacolor Magic Rub Eraser

Fiskars - Our Finest Scissors Collection - Number 5 Stitcher Scissors

Storage Container

Pen and Brush Case
Alvin Nylon Utility Bags

Foam Sheets

Spellbinders - 6 x 6 White Craft Foam Sheets - Platinum Pack 7

Pop Dots

Forever in Time - 3D Pop Dots - Double Sided Adhesive - 1/4 Inch - Round

Craft Mat

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Paper Piercing Tool

Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors

Double Sided Tape

Scotch Quick Dry Glue

My Favorite Travel Camera

My Favorite Travel Lens

Favorite Printer

My Favorite Waterproof Camera



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