DIY Photography Backgrounds for Food and Crafts
Gather supplies: 1/4" thick plywood in a 2'x3' rectangle, joint compound, putty knife, and paint samples in light and dark colors.
You can choose any size of board or cut it down to the size you need (Home Depot and similar stores can usually cut it for you).
Mix up your joint compound or use pre-mixed.
Careful not to add too much water. Mix until you have a consistency you like.
Begin spreading the joint compound onto your plywood board with a spackle/putty knife.
Use the knife to create additional texture or to smooth it out. Allow to dry overnight.
If you don't have a paint/primer I recommend applying a coat of regular primer before applying your paint coats.
Apply a paint/primer (paint samples work great for this) in a dark color (matte or satin) finish.
Here I applied primer (let dry) and then sprinkled with a blue chalk paint and "Smoked Glaze" from Rust-Oleum (mixing them together as I painted).
Allow first coat to dry completely. Then apply a matte finish white paint (I use white chalk paint) over top, allowing your base coat to peek through.
I find that it works best to apply multiple layers, allowing them to dry in between (even take some test shots to see if you like the effect).
Use a dry brush to apply less paint.
If you apply too much paint you can use a wet sponge to blend it or remove some.
Optional: you can also use a little metallic spray paint for dimension, but sometimes this becomes too shiny, so test first.
After all of your paint is completely dry, spray it a few times with a matte clear spray paint. Matte is important so it does not become shiny!
This is a 2'x3' board (cut down from a 2'x4' board).
These boards work great for flatlays and a variety of smaller shots. Perfect for craft, DIY, food, and lifestyle bloggers!
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