This is -hands down- my favorite grey background. Here’s the simple step-by-step process to DIY a concrete photography background in less than an hour.
Last year I made a couple photography backgrounds. I use my white slatted board ALL THE TIME, but never the grey side. Because I really didn’t like how the tone of this grey board looks behind the lens. You live & you learn. But my DIY Painted Photography Background experiment actually turned out well! Really well. Unfortunately, the style for my blog is very light & airy, these dark backgrounds just don’t fit. It’s really sad. (shameless plug: I’m looking for new photography clients who would love this background, check my services page out & contact me if you’d like me to take photos for your blog/brand) anyways, I needed a light background so I can switch things up & not JUST use that trusty white board. The painted boards I made before, were so easy & fun, so I decided it was time to try to make another one.
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Also, just like the last post, don’t hate me for these crappy lit photos!
- 4×4 wood particle board. (I had mine cut into a 26″ x 48″ board) then kept the extras. I ended up with 3 boards.
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- Paint-I used Behr Lunar Surface (grey), and PP100 (white)
- Get inspired. Search around Pinterest (here are some of my faves) and look for premade wood boards you like (like these amazing Erickson Woodworks boards-check out their Instagram account to see how they’re being used, then click on the post you like because they link directly to the same board for purchase!). Check out the Erickson Woodworks photo that inspired one board, the rest just, well…… happened
- Find an open space to lay out your boards
- Get cardboard boxes or paper bags to protect the carpet or table you’re working on.
go ‘head and paint it:
- This is the fun & easy part. There really aren’t rules. Here are a few tips I learned
- Paint both sides with your paint roller
- Keep one side unpainted to practice your brush strokes. preferably the lightest colored bored so you’re not scuffing it along the floor when using the opposite side.
- A wet roller or splash of water creates a fun watercolor effect. Imagine that!
- Roll out extra paint along the ribs on your paint tray
- Blot out & smudge your colors with a damp paper towel
- You can always repaint over a mistake
- Mix the colors you’ve got to create your own additional custom colors
here’s how i painted my concrete board:
I painted the base coat Lunar Eclipse (grey) with the roller. After it dried, I added white paint to the leftover grey in the tray.
I started out with grey that almost covered the board completely (having a touch of the brown board peeking through adds some interest). The lines are from stopping the roller on a section of the roller that had extra paint on it.
I painted the white paint on the roller with a paint brush to ensure it didn’t get too thick. I didn’t want to cover the grey paint completely. I then rolled over the -starting to dry- base grey coat of paint.
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Let’s get chatty:
- Have you painted your own photography backboards? how’d they go?
- What kind of board would you like to make?