I like using stencils and layers of colours in most of my backgrounds, to lend interest , movement and depth to a piece.Here is a quick Tutorial on this method.
You will need to make 2 glazes.. Glaze #1 L'Acrobate Glazing medium Mixed 5:1 with Tuscan Red, Glaze #2 L'Acrobate Glazing medium mixed 5:1 with Asphaltum
|Tuscan Red Base|
|Wasabi Green Stencil|
|Tuscan Red Glaze Colourwash.|
Apply a glaze of Tuscan Red over the Surface using the Colour wash technique ( with Soft cloth in a circular fashion and changing directions frequently) Let dry and repeat.
Apply a colourwash of Asphaltum Glaze over the surface, allow the irregularities, to bury SOME of the stencil but not all.
Now you have a great background for Florals, Still life or anything else that strikes your fancy. You can deepen the edges with More Asphaltum or with Soft Black... Wouldn't Green Grapes and a bottle of Wine look great on this.....hmmmmmmm.. oooh.. how about a Dress form and something naughty.. or not. Do this with a Blues and Whites instead.. would be great for a Snow man!! The mind Boggles!!! There are just SOOOO many things you can do with this technique!!
try it!! then SHOW ME!!