For these backgrounds, I choose 2 to 3 translucent paints per page. I made sure I picked out colors within the same color family. For example, I used cool colors (blues and greens) per background, or warm colors (reds and oranges). This strategy ensures you won’t create a muddy brown background. For a more blended look, I sprayed the pages with water prior to adding paint.
After I applied paint to one page, I closed my journal so that the paints would bleed and blend onto the adjacent page. Upon opening my journal, there were a couple of places where the paint didn’t do what I wanted it to. In these areas I simply used a baby wipe to help spread the paint where I wanted it.