I love creating backgrounds on mixed media paper. It's the perfect relaxing activity. Occasionally after work, feeding my family and taking care of some chores, I hustle off toward my studio and spend the rest of the evening creating background papers, half a dozen or so at a time. I used to make them using acrylics, but I have migrated toward using stencils, watercolors, tim holtz distress stains, alcohol inks and my own recipe of alcohol dye spritzes and sprays.
The problem is that I usually fall in love with my backgrounds and then I don't want to use them. I wonder if anyone else has that problem. I have tried scanning them but scanning using my equipment is not the same as the actual background paper. It doesn't look the same, doesn't feel the same. But I decided to get over my problems with using my own artwork when producing other artwork. I scan as best as I can, and then I start chopping up my home made background papers.