This is a mixed media on canvas(though...if you can't afford to purchase canvas...cardboard would work). There are so many directions you can go with such a project! For a quicker turn around time...we gave the teachers tissue paper to cover their backgrounds. Paint is also an option, but will take a little time to dry. They also had full access to boxes of fun fabric. They were encouraged to be thinking of words that describe themselves to add. They could use Sharpie, magazines, fabric....whatever....to create the words. LOVE THE PERSONALITY SHINING THROUGH!