Technique: Week 4 – Torn Paper Backgrounds

June 6, 2006 at 5:02 pm (Altered Art, Announcements, Art, Art & Crafts, Collage, Contests, Crafts, Gallery, Hobbies, meme, prize, Scrapbooking, Tuesdays, Tutorials)

Try It Tuesdays: Week 4 – Torn Paper Altered CD Background
Nancy Baumiller from Something to Crow About
Edited By: Chrysti
Approx. Time Involved:
20 minutes
© 2006 Nancy Baumiller, All Rights Reserved.

To save & print this file, Right Click Here and select save target as.
You need the Free Adobe Reader to view this file. Click Here to download it.

Nancy Baumiller is a self-taught mixed media artist from a little town in South Carolina, where she resides with her supportive husband of 5 years and 2 of her 5 children.  Nancy found her way into the altered arts world about a year agoafter surfing the net for inspiration for her folk-artsy sculptures, she came across a site by Teesha Moore…the bright colors and quirky images drew her in…. and Nancy decided to try this for herself. She was hooked!

She spends most of her free time in her small studio creating art with anything she can get her hands on. Nancy likes to recycle old objects and turning them into new and different. She also spends part of her time helping others that suffer with depression find therapy through art. No, she is not a legal therapist, just one person who wants to help others find hope and the love for art in this crazy but beautiful world. She has recently opened up a fabulous, and colorful E-bay store as well… be sure to check it out!

Try It Tuesdays Week 4 - Technique Photo

Materials List:

  • Old CD (Or Any surface, A book to alter, tin, canvas etc)
  • Cardstock (Or any paper, business reply cards to recycle are perfect)
  • Matte Gel Medium (Or other adhesives, depends on surface you apply it to)
  • White or Cream Acrylic Paint
  • Antiquing Gel (Or Slightly Watered Down Brown Paint, or Stain)
  • 1” Paint Brush or Foam Brush
  • Paper Towels


  • Choose surface you want to alter. (For this tutorial, a CD was used)
  • Tear Cardstock into 1” – 3” pieces, depending on size of surface.

Let’s Play!:

1. Using Gel Medium, randomly adhere pieces of paper to surface. Allow to dry.

2. Using Paint brush, completely cover surface with White or Cream paint. Allow to dry.

3. With a clean brush, brush over painted surface with antiquing gel.

TIP!! Since paint and gel can be thick, using a wet brush can help to thin it. Be careful not to thin it too much though!

4. While Antiquing gel is still wet, wipe off excess.

TIP!! Use a wet paper towel, to remove more of the antiquing solution.

There you go! Quick, and easy .. a wonderful base to create upon! For variation, try other color combinations, or use masking tape instead of paper, etc…  Use your imagination! Be sure to visit Nancy’s Blog, Website, and E-bay store for even more inspiration!

B-Muse has the perfect selection of collage supplies, embossing powders, ephemera, and sooo much more to adorn your new backgrounds with! Fantastic service, tutorials, contests, and a supportive yahoo group make B-Muse an invaluable art resource!

This document, (all images and text included) are not for distribution. Try it Tuesdays has the authors permission to share this technique for use on . You may use this document for reference, and personal use only. Not to be shared on email lists, message boards, or by any other electronic or print means.

Tried The Technique? Finished Your Entry?
Want a chance to win this week's prize?

  • Upload your entry's photograph(s) to your Flickr account or Blog. In your description, please state it's part of Try It Tuesdays and link to the site. (On flickr you can link, or add the tags tryittuesdays & tryittuesdaysweek4, or do both!)
  • Go to the Entry Submission Page and follow the instructions
  • It's that easy! See the FAQ for additional help & rules.




  1. Try It Tuesdays » And the week 4 winner is… said,

    […] Week 4- Antiqued Torn Paper Backgrounds […]

  2. Art by Chrysti » Blog Archive » Projects In Progress & Ramblings said,

    […] With all the commotion and reorganizing happening in my life recently, somehow it slipped my mind to post my results for an older Try It Tuesdays Week 4  Torn Paper Backgrounds (I may be a bit late eh?). Nancy did a fabulous job with the tutorial. […]

  3. Rafael Bercier said,

    I conceive this internet site holds very superb indited subject matter articles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: