Briana Creates a Colorful Stitched Background Page

Howdy, Ya’ll! It’s Briana here from Today I am going to share some stepped out photos of how to create a dynamic background page using Dye-Na-Flow, the Star Coral stencil, black acrylic paint, Dylusions Spray Ink, and neon embroidery floss!

I am using a 9x12 loose sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper.


First, I painted and dripped some yellow Dye-Na-Flow on the paper.

Star Coral Stencil with Black Acrylic Paint

Second, you’ll want to use the Star Coral stencil (from the super awesome Coral Series), a cosmetic wedge, and black acrylic paint to start creating some contrast.

As you can see in the photo above, I did not use the entire stencil; I just used parts of it, here and there.

Dylusions Spray Ink

Next, let’s spray some ink!

TIP: You’ll want to either clear the area, or set up a spray station. These spray inks have been known to spray in directions you are not always intending for them to go!

Sometimes you might not want the edge of the stencil to show on your page.

TIP: Use post-it notes or papers to block out certain areas. (See below).

TIP: Use a roll of paper towels to soak up excess ink.

Check out how awesome the Dylusions Spray Ink and the Dye-Na-Flow work when layered on top of one another.

Isn’t that delicious?!

Neon Embroidery Floss

You don’t have to be good at sewing to add interesting stitches to your page. I am using a couple of colors from this neon embroidery floss set I found at a fabric store.

TIP: Look in the children’s art supply section, as “friendship bracelets” use the same thread.

You’ll want to also gather a pair of scissors and a sharp needle. I am using a bookbinding needle, but a hand embroidery needle would work, as well.

TIP: Here’s a great hand needles guide by Jo-Ann.

Start sewing from the back of your page. Be sure to create a knot at the end of your thread. I also make a loose knot near the eye of the needle.

TIP: Use a light source to help you see through your paper as you determine where to stitch

You might consider stitching around some stenciled shapes, or create your own shapes with your stitches, such as Xs or crosses.

I hope you give some of these ideas a try!

In case you are wondering what you might do with this loose background page, here are a few suggestions:

Add collage images and rubber stamp words to complete the page


Cut it up and create a handmade card


Cut it up and create gift tags

Of course, you can always simply leave it as is. For me, the process of making art is the most important part. Enjoy playing with the supplies and materials. Soak in that playful color. Simply be with it all and feel the positive energy art making brings.

Blessings to you,





Lisa Cousineau
Lisa Cousineau


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