Here is a DIY tutorial for a photography background that is easy to make and beautiful to use. I have spent a lot of time hunting down backgrounds and know all too well the feeling of staring at textured concrete walls in public— wishing I could bring a piece of wall home with me.
This tutorial is inspired by Bea Lubas (whose photography workshop I am excited to attend in London this September). Some of my favourite surfaces makers are Erickson Surfaces, I also use Capture by Lucy for food photography backgrounds.
And now, pull out your paint brushes from the closet, head to your nearest hardware store and let’s create something beautiful.
You will need
- A plywood board (found in the wood section of home depot, my board was 4×8, 1/2 inch thick). Find a board that is not bended or warped.
- Several tester pots of matte paint (I used 3–5 colours each board)
- A cleaning sponge, old paintbrushes
Select your colours from tester pots. Gradient colours work very well.
Using a sponge, gently swirl the colours. Do not over mix as you want to the individual colours to stand out. Dip your sponge into the mixture and lightly apply brush stokes to cover the board.
Let dry in open air for up to an hour. I am planning on applying a layer of matte lacquer for wet foods, produce and drinks, of course.
And there you have it. Your very own photography background.
I used both sides of my board for different colours and found it helpful to have reference colours on hand. Will experiment with different brushes for textures as well.
Here is last night’s pasta. Photographed on grey.
Video clips can be found on my Instagram story highlights. Have fun, and share your backgrounds.
All images taken on my iPhone 6s.