Ever thought of making your own backdrop rather than wasting money on a new premade backdrop? It's easier than you think, fun and fast!
First you will need a big open space that you don't mind getting dirty! We used our roof in Brooklyn with a beautiful view!
Then you need your canvas for creating your beautiful backdrop! It is very easy to buy. We got ours from an Art supply store in Chinatown, but you can find it in most Art Supply stores, anywhere. Our canvas was 12x24 feet and was on sale for $50.
To start this process you will need your paint! We bought a light grey to paint our first layer!
Your brushes and a small tube of black tint! (Black tint $2.99, 3 Brushes $3.99 each, 1 gallon of cheap flat paint $30)
And some roller brushes to make the process quicker!
And then your ready to start! Starting with the roller brushes to just quickly give the backdrop a light grey base. We only needed to use half of the paint, saving the other half for the second layer.
Done! This is what it should look like after the first layer!
Once your done with the first layer, take a break and have some fun while you wait for it to dry!
Your first Layer dry? Awesome! Now its time to start with your second layer. Because we want our backdrop to have a vintage look we want more than one layer to darken the backdrop as we go along, so now we will add a black tint to our light grey paint.
Next we add our water, because we don't want our paint to be too thick and so that we don't lose all the texture created from our first layer. When it's watered down to a 50 by 50 ratio then it makes a nice "glaze".
Now you can start your second layer, for the second layer we used a paintbrush adding to the texture of our already light grey backdrop.
As you go along and the paint starts to dry you will see the backdrop get darker with more texture to it.
Second layer done! You can already see the difference!
Although the backdrop looks perfect after the second layer, we added one more layer just to bring it all together! We had another gallon of paint lying around so we used some of that paint (mixed with plenty of water) and paint brushes and cloths just to blend all the textures together.
After giving it one last touch up, it's done! And how easy was that! If you are not covered in paint then you must have done something wrong. :)
Now you have you very own homemade backdrop!
And here again is my first shot from my first photo-shoot with the new backdrop! The lovely Oksana Dennis Jager! Voila!
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