How to Paint a Photography Backdrop using Drop - Cloth

Hot to paint a backdrop? How to paint a backdrop on a budget? Few years ago I looked all over try and find a way to paint a photography backdrop, but I could not quite find something that spoke to me. I made some mistakes - learned a few lessons.

How to paint a Background


Number ONE -  use flat paint .... FLAT PAINT ( chalk paint works great as well)

Number TWO -  thin your house paint with water - otherwise your background will be really heavy

SO..... to start you will need tones of your choice in house paint in FLAT finish or Chalk Paint. Make sure to check out your stores OOPS section of paints people didnt like. I just used some left over from house work.

Also something to apply the paint with -  roller, sponge, or bunched up plastic bag.

I used 9x12 Canvas Drop Cloth - I have also have painted clearance furniture fabric

If you'd like to keep your hands somewhat clean -  vinyl gloves. you can get them in a pharmacy or Amazon

I also used plastic drop-cloth underneath my cotton drop-cloth that I will be painting

I wetted the canvas first, so the paint absorbs better.

For this backdrop, I did not want vignette, but using a bit darker tones around the edges can create vignetted look.

So Here is my quick video.

I used simple plastic shopping bag dipping in paint to create texture.

Your cost will differ based on what you have at home and what you can source.

And while I dream of some time in my life own an Oliphant backdrop, this budget version works great for me now.