We’ve recently given you five ideas for using V-flats in the studio. And if you’d like to make your own V-flats on the cheap and make them portable, Bruce Allen and Tina Leu have a solution. In this video, they’ll show you how to make simple, foldable V-flats that can fit in your car. They don’t require too much time to make, and you can get all the materials for two V-flats for under $100.
You probably already have some of these things at home, such as gaff tape, clamps or even foam core (I always have some of it around). You can go to your local craft store or Home Depot for the rest of the materials, but you can also find some of it on Amazon on B&H. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8 pieces of foam core 32 x 40 x 3/16 in
- A can of Photo Mount spray 14usd
- Gaffer tape
- An X-Acto knife
- +something to protect your floor
How to make
Start by protecting the edges of your V-flat. Measure a piece of gaff tape that is slightly longer than your foam core board. For extra adhesiveness, spray it with photo mount spray and attach it to three edges of the board. Do this for the second board too. Now, using the clamps, hold the two boards together and use the gaff tape with the adhesive spray to attach them. You’ll use four pieces of foam core for each V-flat, and some Velcro will hold the upper two parts together.
Make sure to watch the video for detailed instructions and finesses, the building process starts around 6:55. And if you need ideas for using your V-flats, here are five of them. And five more. Have fun!