Stencils and Watercolors

Rug canvas as a stencil.
 A trip to your favorite arts and crafts store will generate lots of fresh ways to create background textures. Then experiment with color and stencil combos in your art journal to figure out what YOU like the best.  I was personally most excited about the pattern from the "rug canvas" I found in the craft section at Hobby Lobby. I bought a big piece so I could use it for large projects. I also like the pattern from a wire screen used to run a (latex house paint) roller.
Rug canvas with stencil lettering.

Screen used to run a (household paint) roller.

Stenciling over the rug canvas stencils.

Circle stencil closeup on top of paint roller screen stencil