These three background pages started out with Strathmore Mixed Media paper as a base. Using Matte Medium I adhered torn vintage papers to the substrate. For two of the backgrounds I used pages from an old atlas and the other used a variety of other bits and pieces, including an old school workbook. That is the one shown on top.
Once the papers have dried, I put a layer of paint or gesso to unify the background - or mute the colors slightly, depending on how you look at it. :)
The page on the right has a light layer of white paint. I'll add some colored paint.... still debating on which colors to use... and more details before I determine what these will become.
Here's an example I showed last Friday using this technique as both a background and the focal image.
And that's what I have on my work desk today. How about you?
To see what other folks are working on, check out Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.