Anything can be a fun backdrop for art.
These are little tiles,
cut from a wood place mat.
You can pick the place mats up for a couple of dollars
at most big box or import stores.
They come in a variety of colors/finishes/shapes.
I simply cut the string holding the tiles together
and was left with dozens of small, square canvases.
I painted them, decoupaged them, collaged them...
Pretty much, anything goes.
The tiles can be made into
custom jewelry, key rings, book marks, etc...
These were decoupaged with my daughter's artwork
that I copied, edited and reduced on the computer.
I finished the edges with a silver metallic paint pen
and coated the top with a gloss varnish.