Mixed-media artists are known to save everything from labels, old envelopes, magazines, scraps of paper, things we pick up off the street, etc. Yep, ephemera. All that transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. Enter the mixed-media artists to reuse almost everything imaginable. Sometimes you may get carried away and glue everything down at once. If you end up with a busy background and need to tone it down or unify it, here are a few ways you can do so.
TECHNIQUE ONE: Wash It
Tie all your elements together with a gesso wash or a paint wash.
Thin your gesso or paint with water to your desired ...