1. Basically everything is possible and the combinations of materials, paints and techniques are endless – Go nuts! But keep in mind: The background is meant to support your stencil or even interact with it – that is why it deserves some thought and work!
2. Material: Wood, metal, cloth, plastic etc. – use the look and the texture and make them contribute to your piece. Why not mix materials or make collages?
3. Paint: Acrylics, watercolour, ink (…) – your choice may produce an interesting contrast to the spray-painted stencil. And why not try coffee, ketchup and cigarette ashes and see what happens?
4. Technique: Smear, splatter and squash – do something that a spray can can’t! And while you’re at it, let time and elements do some work too – metal can rust, wet paint moves and mixes, wood changes…
5. In the best case scenario the background design has a connection the content, atmosphere or message of your stencil. Find a way to make that happen!
Sometimes it’s almost impossible to calculate results of a new idea. You should do it anyway – great effects might happen that you never thought of. By the way: Nothing says “I’M ART” like canvas – don’t let that thing talk to you like that;)