Lately I've been a fan of smokey blue tones. While at the rubber stamp convention last weekend I spotted a Tim Holtz tag with blue background tones. I know for a fact that he uses ink to create his backgrounds. I tried it but quickly found out what I already knew. Acrylic paint is my favorite medium. I love it's fluid flow and the way I can mix colors to get just the right shade. And if I mess up, I can add more paint over it until it comes together.
If you've taken my classes in the past, I encourage you to use some or all of those color schemes to create new tags, cards, etc. Add new images to give it a fresh look. For the Frida tag I chose a light blue shade of paint to which I added bits of yellow. I darkened it up by rubbing black ink along the edges and over parts of the tag. I then tapped on bits of ivory paint to bring about the misty look I was after. Leftover scraps and a Frida image from previous projects finished the look. I liked it so much I'm thinking of making a few Christmas cards in this color scheme. And to think I created this similar painted background for a Halloween tag a few years ago!