Taking photos of food can be so much fun and I have found the more you take photos the more creative you get. I have a long way to go however have learnt so much along the way especially in terms of backdrops. I try and save money by making my own backdrops instead of buying them. This also makes them unique.
For those who want something quick and easy, wallpaper samples are a winner. I started off with getting so many different types including brick wall effect and soon realised I had favourites, the grey ones. I have also got some artifical grass from the pound shop and this makes good backdrops especially with Easter creations.
I decided to try and make some more sturdy ones using canvas. I found the stretched cotton canvas works well. You can get them from ebay. I painted both sides on a recent one I bought and was surprised the colours didn’t run through (So it was a bargain because I got two backdrops out of one canvas). This is what you need for the canvas back drops:
- Tester Paint Pots (try not to use any oil based paints because they are hard to work with). Water colours work best.
- Used/old sponge or cloth (having them damp works better)
- Spatula or similar to spread the paint (the reason I didn’t use a paint brush is because I didn’t want the paint strokes showing)
- Start by painting the canvas with your base colour
- Add on other colours either using the sponge/cloth or spatula
- Blend the colours in by dabbing or making swirls. Once you start working with the sponge you will realise how easy it is
- Leave to dry
The second backdrop I created was a flower wall. Something I have wanted to do for a while. The process is long but rewarding. You can get a range of artificial flowers and spend a lot of money on them so plan it well. The key thing is to good artificial greenery for the base and then work on the flowers. You need to ensure whatever you buy you can attach to the mat base. Florist tape works well to attached many mats together and to stick down those tricky leaves.
Have you created your own back drops at home or thought about it? Here are some of the photos I have taken with the backdrops.