DIY Photography Backgrounds

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad
 
DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad
 

For the first day of fall I decided to get my new backdrops painted.

Barnwood Style Supplies

  • Wood Paneling

  • Wood Glue

  • Scrap Wood

  • Small Nails

  • Valspar Antiquing Glaze

  • Dark Gray Paint

  • White Paint

  • Large Brush

  • Fan Brush

  • Rag

Chalkboard Style Supplies

  • Wood Paneling

  • Wood Glue

  • Scrap Wood

  • Small Nails

  • Black Paint

  • Dark Gray Paint

  • Large Brush

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

I had contacted my local flooring store to see if they had any spare flooring I could buy at a discounted price. They were so nice and gave me a box of discontinued wood panels, but the color wasn’t exactly what I was looking for so I put them in a closet and thought about what I would do. Eventually I realized that the bottom of the panels were raw wood so the possibilities are endless!

There were 12 panels in the box so divided them up in 2 sets of 6. Using wood glue I attached the panels together and added some scrap wood to the back for support.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

For the barn wood style background I started with a layer of antiquing glaze.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

Paint it on the raw wood with a large brush and once you’re done with a section, wipe it away with a paper towel or cloth. Move quickly keeping a damp edge so your color doesn’t overlap.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

Next use your darker gray color and lightly dip your rag into the paint. Carefully wipe color onto the board in the direction of the woodgrain. Smudging it into the cracks of the wood will add to the weathered look.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad
DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

Next, use your fan brush and add streaks of the white paint to areas you want to look even more distressed.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

For the chalkboard style background. You’ll begin with black paint.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

Paint along edges of first panel with black only. Dip the same brush you just used into a small amount of dark gray paint and run a small streak of gray in the middle of the panel.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

Add more black paint and blend in the gray until it is smoothed out and no edges are visible. You want it to have a dusty chalkboard look.

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Let your paint dry and you’ll have two perfectly themed fall backgrounds.

DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad
DIY Photography Backgrounds - Tutorial - The Roving Nomad

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