Do you ever have a thousand things in your head that you say, "Oh, I'm totally going to do that one day!" And then you just never do....?
Hey, me too! But lately I've been checking things off my wishful thinking list and getting these fun projects done. This one I decided I would share with you all. Now, I am no expert on backdrop making, and this was my first time doing it, but my philosophy is that there are many right ways of doing things, and sometimes a person just has to go for it.
WARNING: this will take way longer than you ever anticipated!!! But I found the result so satisfying.
If you don't like "winging it," you'll probably be a little frustrated by this post. I definitely didn't do everything the right way, but it was affordable and fun. I got the widest and cheapest fabric I could find at my local shop, and I got 5 yards!!!! This might be too much, but I wanted room to experiment and this way I could get two backdrops out of it if I wanted.
I recommend getting fabric that is absorbent and doesn't resist water.
I only used 3 different colors of acrylic paint that I got at "Art Materials" in downtown Fargo:
- Grey (1 bottle)
- Portrait Pink (1 bottle)
- White (3/4 bottles)
Have a bucket of water nearby to help your paint go farther and save you some $$$. Acrylic dries fairly quickly, but the water will slow that process down. This paint also does not come off, so dress accordingly and be careful where you do this. The plus side to this is that you can wash your backdrop if you ever need to clean it and the colors won't fade!
You'll need some sort of tray. A plastic lid to your ice cream bucket will work, or anything really. Don't stress about it. In fact, if it's something you can throw away after, that's all the better. Then I used a super old sponge for application. I will also probably throw this away. It's lived a long, sad life.
Sponge on your dark colors first. In order to create constrast, it's important to layer and work your way toward your lightest color. Even though I wanted my end result to be fairly light, I still started with this dark color and applied it randomly over the canvas.
Next comes the peach! Hooray! I loved this color combo.
It's important to play around and have fun with it. There are so many ways to combine just three colors. I mixed the white with the peach quite often as I was transitioning to my lightest stage of layering. I love all the different textures you can get.
At this point I tested what my backdrop might look like and it was getting there, but was still much busier than what I wanted. I wanted a really soft look, so that meant more white on the darkest areas so that I could have a more subtle transition. Even though I covered a lot of the dark grey, it was still so important to have so that I could have depth and contrast.
Here you have it! All wrinkled and a little damp. And not quite finished when this photo was shot... there are some spots to touch up, and the top needs to be sewn so that it can hang nicely. But it got me some results like this:
More on this shoot later!
I am so excited to share Kylie's bridal portraits with you all.