Cling Wrap Background

by Lydia Fiedler

Create texture and depth using wet media and cling wrap.


  • Water-soluble medium (watercolor, ink and watercolor powders used here)
  • Watercolor paper (Fabriano 90 lb. hot press paper used here - any water-friendly paper will work)
  • Cling wrap
  • Spray bottle
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Simon Says Stamp Birch Tree Window Die, Paper Artsy Infusions Powdered Watercolor, Daniel Smith Bright Opera Watercolor, Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Broken China, Stampin' Up! Large Letters Framelits, Concord & 9th Beautiful Words Dies, Stampin' Up! All Things Thanks stamp set, Stampin' Up! So Very Much Stamp Set, Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment Ink, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder)


  1. Step 1

    Put a piece of cling wrap onto your work surface - make sure that it's larger than the piece of paper that you'll be using.

  2. Step 2

    Add a water-soluble medium to the cling wrap - my samples will show Distress Oxide Inks, Daniel Smith watercolor, and Paper Artsy Infusions. Shown here - Daniel Smith Watercolor - Opera Pink.

  3. Step 3

    Activate the medium on the cling wrap by using a spray bottle to spritz it with water, or water with a shimmery medium in it, an ink spray, etc. Shown here is Distress Oxide Ink sprayed with water.

  4. Step 4

    Place watercolor paper onto cling wrap and flip it over. Scrunch up the cling wrap to make desired angles and patterns. Let this dry naturally - no heat gun. Do not remove cling wrap until pigment is dry. Shown here - Paper Artsy Infusions, sprayed with water.

  5. Step 5

    Remove the cling wrap and use background to complete a card. Shown here - the Infusions card.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    Use dies to make these patterns shine. Daniel Smith watercolor sample shown.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Let the background shine with just a sentiment. Distress Oxide ink background shown here.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Cling Wrap Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thanks for showing a wonderful technique....
Can't wait for my oxide inks to arrive to try it!
Bette  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 6:48 AM
Great technique! Can't wait to try it with my Stampin' Up! inks!!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 7:28 AM
Oh thank you for these GREAT instructions. Love the perfect pearl in the mister bottle idea!
Pssequimages  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 7:47 AM
LOVE this! Can't wait to go try it!
Kristie Woodworth  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 9:16 AM
such an awesome tutorial. can't with to give this a whirl!
rose tresures  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 9:35 AM
Beautiful! I want try this technique when I get back home. The oxide distress ink is so tropical looking! Thanks for the tutorial and the examples of other cards too!
Nsls  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 10:21 AM
The cling wrap tutorial was awesome. I sometimes wonder how people think of all these fantastic ideas. Who doesn't have that in their cupboard? Thank you.
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 10:49 AM
These are beautiful Lydia, thank you for the video.
Linda Crowley  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 10:59 AM
You are such a great teacher! Thanks for the video!

Shirley Baker  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 12:38 PM
Awesome tutorial Lydia! Im gonna try it!
Carolyn King  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 5:42 PM
great play Lydia!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 8:29 PM
i learned something new thanks to you! Happy dance in progress ^_^
KT Hom  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 9:34 PM
Stunning and so easy-even I could do this!
Wendy Engel  |  Wed Mar 15, 2017 at 9:46 PM
why do some sites use gesso on their card stock or paper?
janet pond  |  Thu Mar 16, 2017 at 2:59 PM
Brilliant looking technique!
Cathy Roffey  |  Fri Mar 17, 2017 at 3:33 AM
Saw this last night and know it will be a technique I want to try, heading to the kitchen... OUT of cling wrap!!! Headed to the store today so I can use the thinner plastic type material!! Thank you for the video!!
Sharon Doolittle  |  Sat Mar 18, 2017 at 7:44 AM
What a great technique! Adding this to my list for when my Distressed Oxides come in (if they ever come in).
Deborah Cooper  |  Sun Mar 19, 2017 at 3:44 PM
How did you do the Infusions card? I don't understand how you did the trees. That is a gorgeous card. I'd like to do something similar. The background technique is amazing! I can definitely try that. Thanks for the great, detailed tutorial!
Pat Mayne-Schlachtun  |  Sun Mar 19, 2017 at 7:13 PM
Thanks Lydia, such a great idea and something we all have at home.
I am soooo going to try this tonight....
Dayleen Easton  |  Fri Apr 7, 2017 at 2:32 AM
Wonderful! I'm off to the craft room to give this a try. Thanks!
Jeanette Robertson  |  Sun Apr 16, 2017 at 10:41 AM

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