DIY how to make a composite background

16 May 2016
Submitted by AdminA

deckor boxOnce upon a time I had to decorate sides of wooden jewelry box. I use to use lace and mordant for it but this time the main picture was not blending with lace or mordant. And I decided to make a composite background. In this article I want to show You all the steps of painting a composite background. It is very easy to do and allows to get interesting decorative effect. So let’s see what materials and tools do we need for this process.


  • The surface we want to decorate. I took a piece of old wooden plank to show You all the process in details.
  • 3-4 colors o acrylic paint. Try to take only matching colors to get beautiful background. I took dark blue, blue and white. And for my jewelry box I took dark green, light green and yellow. You can see all the effects on photos.
  • 3-4 brushes. It is better to take synthetic brshes #6-8.
  • A little piece of wet sponge. The best will be the piece ½”x ½”. Do not water it tomuch. It has to be a few wet.
  • A glass of clean water.

wooden surface for decoupage.jpg

Put Your surface on the table. Take one of Your brushes and put it into the darkest paint (in my case it is dark blue paint). Take some paint on the brush. But not too much, the paint has not to drip from the brush. Then paint the surface, making thick rich brushstrokes with free spaces between them.

decoupage background

After that take a new brush and put it into lighter paint (in my case it is blue color). Make new brushstrokes in free spaces covering dark paint a little.

DIY composite background

Then take a piece of wet sponge and start to mix darkest and lighter brushstrokes in one layer using this wet sponge. Try to get uneven color – in some places it will be darker, in other – lighter. But two colors of paint have to penetrate each other, mixing in one layer.

composit layer of paint

After getting one composite layer, take a new brush and put it into the lightest paint (in my case it is white color). And then make light brushstrokes over your new composite layer of paint.

new layer of composite background

And then take the piece of wet sponge again and repeat mixing colors. This time You need to mix first composite layer and white paint. Here You can see what kind of new composite layer of paint I got.

composite background

You can use different colors and different quantity of them. On the next photo You can see the same effect with red, pink and white paint.

red composite background