A cheap and simple way to paint your own DIY canvas backdrop

Mar 13, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

A cheap and simple way to paint your own DIY canvas backdrop

Mar 13, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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You want a backdrop that perfectly matches your vision and that is easy on your budget? Photographer Lui Cardenas shares a simple method for painting your own canvas backdrop. You will need an idea, a couple of Home Depot items and some free time, and you can paint your own canvas backdrop just as you want.

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The canvas Lui bought is already primed, so it’s ready for painting as soon as it’s rolled out. His canvas is 72 inches wide and 216 inches long. Lui cut it in half and got two backdrops, 72” x 108” each. This width is ideal for photographing a single model, but if you need the backdrop for group shots, you should go with the wider canvas.

As for the paint, pay a visit to your local Home Depot and buy acrylic exterior flat paint. Lui chooses two colors, or better to say two shades of olive green. Of course, you can choose the colors and shades to your own liking.

And now the fun part: painting! You can use a regular roller if you want the color to be even on the canvas. But Lui uses a textured roller so he can add some texture as soon as he starts painting. He starts with the lighter shade of color thinned down with water. Later on, he paints with the darker shade and goes from the edges to the center, because he wants the center of the canvas to be lighter. Finally, he uses the sponge. He soaks it in paint and splatters around the canvas, again going from the edges towards the center. Once again, you can feel free to experiment and play with colors and textures as you like.

As for the final result – you can see it in the video, as it’s the backdrop behind Lui. I like the colors he chose and I think it works great.

What do you think of the result? And have you ever painted your own canvas backdrop?

[How to Paint Your Own Canvas Backdrop / DIY 2018 via FStoppers]

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11 responses to “A cheap and simple way to paint your own DIY canvas backdrop”

  1. Daniel R. Chang Acat Avatar
    Daniel R. Chang Acat

    Andrea Zavala Gibaja Rebeca Venegas Gonzales

  2. Lars Oeschey Avatar
    Lars Oeschey

    dunno… looks super freckled… if that’s what you’re going for, cool, otherwise I recommend getting some painting practice first

    1. Frank Nazario Avatar
      Frank Nazario

      did you take great photos of the bat??? He is sharing… learn, make mental notes, grab the idea and modify it at will, plus he did a video (lots of time and effort) to show you what he did.

  3. Mitchel Martin Avatar
    Mitchel Martin

    This could possibly be one of the most asinine ideas of all time. Spend a dollar to save a dime, this idea is neither cheap or simple. Tarp+paint+roller cost about $30-$40, an hour or two of purchase & prep time, and what a nice mess it would make that would require extra time to clean up. A nice pre-made green-screen backdrop can be purchased for less than $20, or if it is important to be a tarp, about $25-$30.

    1. Scott Valentine Avatar
      Scott Valentine

      Apparently you’re not familiar with professional backdrops:

      http://www.oliphantstudio.com/

      Green screens don’t solve every problem, and some people prefer to work without that kind of post processing manipulation. And some people just like to be more hands-on with their work. Not everything comes down to dollars.

    2. Mitchel Martin Avatar
      Mitchel Martin

      Scott Valentine apparently, you’re rude and uneducated to assume. I would suggest you grow up…

      1. TByte Avatar
        TByte

        Your reply began with “This could possibly be one of the most asinine ideas of all time.”, and you are calling Scott Valentine rude and uneducated?
        That’s funny. I would suggest you grow up.

  4. Kevin Price Avatar
    Kevin Price

    Couldn’t you also create a backdrop in photoshop?

    1. Frank Nazario Avatar
      Frank Nazario

      yes… that is what i do many many times specially when i go on location and the backgrounds are NOT pleasing to the eye.
      BUT… there is just something about textured paint and canvas that when done properly just takes your photos to another level… there is also a VERY famous backdrop studio called OLIPHANT in NY … just take a look there… look at the RENTAL prices and then you will understand why you want to learn to do this yourself…. peace.

      1. Kevin Price Avatar
        Kevin Price

        You’re right- they are stunning and rich. I might give it a go myself.

  5. Juan Martin Gerardi Avatar
    Juan Martin Gerardi

    Yes…mi pather paint it 21 years ago and ilearn