DIY Backdrop – My Experience Painting a ‘Canvas’ backdrop Part 1

DIY Backdrop – My Experience Painting a ‘Canvas’ backdrop Part 1

what’s up guys YvensB here today I’m
taking you behind the scenes I’m doing it for a special project for me to paint
canvases over actually backdrops what are our canvases or backdrops I don’t
know how you call them it’s called backdrops really it’s something that a
lot of high-end photographers use in their portraiture so you have the Annie
Leibovitz the Mark Seliger and a whole bunch of like really high in
photographers that use backdrops as a way to create texture so I was
interested in seeing how I could get it done because there’s a lot of DIY
methods out there and today I’m showing you my spin on it so I’m gonna do two
backdrops well one today I’m gonna do a neutral
gray with a bit of white texture as a as depth-wise abstractions so hopefully I
really hope it goes well because I’m 100% not sure what I’m doing but a lot
of my friends are giving me tips about how to get it done so I’ll be taking you
behind the scenes and showing the steps that I did to get it done this is my
first time doing it so I might be doing completely wrong but hopefully it’ll
work so here’s this piece I’m working with any Selena and so I can have the
backdrop completely laid out so time lapse in three two one step one is actually done we’re just
getting a place as I seen in time-lapse then so I went to Home Depot or any
hardware store that you have and got two things I got one a painter’s plastic
tarp so I can protect my studio so I don’t clean dirty the floors and – we
got a painter’s cloth what it is is big tablecloth or painters cloth basically
that’s gonna be the actual canvas so the plastic is to protect our floors and the
cloth is just to be the canvas and that canvas it’s not that expensive it’s like
$56 in Canada for a piece of that I guess in the state that’s about 45 to 40
dollars I would think so and because Kenya Canada everything is just more
more expensive and yeah great country but coastal living right now we’re gonna
lay the plastic tarps so we can protect their floor and second we’re gonna blend
the actual painters cloth and then I’m gonna see I’m thinking of cutting it
into because it’s quite large the one I got because I want to make two of them
so I’m gonna start with the first a gray one just to be and get some experience
and then I’m gonna move on to another one so stay tuned time lapse coming in so the first bit is done which laid out
the actual plastic wrap so what we’re gonna do afterwards we’re going to
simply have to measure the actual canvas of the backdrop so I make sure it’s in
the right size so if I check quickly right now we got a 14 by 12 Bennett no
clue the brand we’re gonna cut it in the size that is actually convenient want to
transport and also to to to actually be convenient for opposing so I’m thinking
of keeping the 12 feet alive and busy cutting into so have a 7 by 12 which
gives roughly a pretty large canvas for someone regular size if you look at a
universal or a savage backdrop which is pretty popular one they’re typically
like nine feet I think like these things so we’ll see what heals afterwards but
again another time-lapse coming really really soon I’ll be cutting the canvas
in okay so that thing is actually humongous
so what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna cut it in two I’m a bit surprised of the
size so because of its size I think I’m gonna
do is gonna cut it in two so I can get more canvas out of it and also gonna be
my first run so before committing fully to like a mistake let’s let get a lesson
the lesson learned first and then we’re gonna like the improvement technique so
I’m going to cut it into two pieces right now I think it’s 14 by 18 like as
I showed before so when I cut it in two and then see what is steaming the actual cloth so it
doesn’t wrinkle because from what I heard
if ever there are wrinkles in the actual cloth it may cause actually Rico’s long
term any actual any actual cloth backdrop so something we try to avoid so
I spent the last like 15 minutes doing this so now I’m gonna lay on the floor
and find a way to staple it on the ground because I forgot my stapler and
it’s a mess so I’m probably gonna use some thumbtacks and try to stretch it to
the ground like that the actual backdrop stays in place one and two we can also
keep that thing stretch and make sure the paint actually keeps it in old
together so that’s it for now so next step which is step number and I
forgot here’s the next step next time so not
everything is packed and ready to get going to start painting so I’m gonna
change and I’m gonna change and get going so changing so we changed outfit
of the day hashtag OTD looking real fashion here so I’m gonna get cracking
start painting start mixing the paint and apply actually the first coat which
is the most exciting part so biro right all right so paint is now in a tub Oh
whatever you may call it so next step is to start painting so ten
laps in three hello there so this is day two of the
actual painting so the goal is either one to finish the base layer which was
actually pretty good and second of all do actually the actual circuit texture
because I bought an acrylic plus primer paint I think I’m gonna have to dilute
the paint to like maybe like one quarter to three parts ratio of paint and water
so that’s gonna be our challenge today mmm that’s an important note that I
forgot to mention also that process requires me to start adding more
different colors because if I you just layers and layers layers of gray and
won’t show so I’m gonna add a bit of white just to make it a bit brush if
that’s a term for a word and go from there so I’m gonna add a very little
from the start and the start you see how it looks and then gonna be Linux so
again I’m just taking the really long rods and a long sea froth instead of the
short quick one because again it’s my first time so we don’t want to f*ck it
up we’re gonna do it properly and and I kinda like the results the black
one came out really great

3 thoughts on “DIY Backdrop – My Experience Painting a ‘Canvas’ backdrop Part 1

  1. very good video.thank you for your experience

  2. You don't need to steam the cloth. Your biggest mistake was not sealing the fibers before you applied color. Use PVA to seal the fibers. It should be a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part PVA. If you don't know what PVA is, its the same thing as elmers glue. I usually mix a gallon of Elmers glue with 3 parts water in a 5 gallon bucket. Make sure the canvas is completely dry before adding your colors. This allows your colors to stay wet longer and sit on top. It makes blending with other colors much easier. Trust me. You will love the results. Oh and use a big brush to apply the PVA. not a roller. That way you can work the wrinkle out as you go. When dry you will have a perfectly flat canvas to paint on. Oh and I don't use rollers to apply paint. I find that brushes and a mop work the best.

  3. Thank you…

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