Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DIY - painted photo backgrounds


Painted photo backgrounds, and birds nest
You know that I love Pinterest, it’s so full of wonderful ideas being churned out by super creative people, that there is no way we will ever get them all made, but that’s OK, everyone needs a goal in life. [I’m joking].   Recipes, crafts, gardening, photography tutorials…and it’s all in one convenient go-to place.
I used to have a feature called Pinterest picks, where each week I would write about something new such as a recipe, or hint, a project that I had found on Pinterest, it’s gone now, but it was a fun thing to write about. 
This is my new version a informal Pinterest Pick, and I am stoked about how good this turned out.  And can’t wait to get some more foam board in order to create a few more pieces. 
Painted backgrounds grey
Those of us that love to shoot vignettes, or do a little food photography are always looking for interesting props, and backgrounds to add some depth to our photos.  While it’s wonderful to have old weathered boards hanging around, they are a bit of a pain to lug back and forth when you are inspired to shoot something, not to mention rather heavy. So when I came across this tutorial from Sara at Home is where the cookies are, I was hooked.
Seriously I can’t believe how well this turned out, she’s written a great tutorial on the process, and I am going to let her tell you how to do it.  Click on the link above to read how she does it, brilliant.
Painted backgrounds-starfish
I used a dollar store foam core board, with a paper cover, and was a little perturbed when the paper came unglued when I put on the first few coats, that work of marking the lines wasn’t going to go down the drain for me…so I peeled the paper off, and painted directly onto the foam board.  For my next piece I think I will do the same.  This one is a wee bit darkish, and I want to try a few lighter colored ones and some brighter backgrounds for flowers.
A bit of acrylic paint, some foam board, a old bristly brush, and I gouged in some lines with my bone folder, I used 3 colors of paint to achieve this look.  Black, off white, and brown…it’s so simple.   The secret is in the layering and contrast, use the darker color in the gouges, and lines, and a very dry brush with your lightest color to make them stand out.
Painted grey boards
I love how it looks in photos, it’s very similar to my old pieces of barn board, it looks weathered, like something that has been out in the sun, wind, and the snow for decades.  And the best part, it’s light, and portable, and I can stick it behind a door until I need it.
On a sour note, the second batch of sauerkraut is ready, this one was made in a large glass peanut butter jar, because the wide opening made it easy to slip a little dish in to hold down the cabbage leaves, and the shredded cabbage and liquid below.  It’s both crunchy, and sour-y if that’s a word, perfect tasting.  I am never going back to commercially prepared ones again.  It’s full of probiotics, and tastes out of this world…small batch sauerkraut today, tomorrow the universe.

31 comments:

  1. What a brilliant idea from Sara I LOVE the look. Your photos are beautiful already but this certainly adds to the flavour. Speaking of flavour yummy sauerkraut. Hug B

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  2. I usually use the deck for backgrounds like that ... but over the winter that doesn't work. Great idea, off to see the blog that created it.

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  3. Wonderful photos ! I like barn board backgrounds . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  4. I don't now how you do it. Amazing. I doubt that I could pull off such a project.

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  5. I love the look of old weathered wood and it doesn't reflect. I have found a good background....my sofa in the lanai. It gets good light and looks pretty....I think? haha! Enjoy your day! And thanks for the inspirations! Hugs!

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  6. Well done! This project has to be for artists. I can guarantee that if I tried this project it would look like painted styrofoam. I have been back over your photos and cannot tell real wood from your new backdrop. I wish I had that knack but I admitted long ago that I don't. That's why my medium of choice is fabric:)

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  7. I would never have known! I have those old barn boards lying around here, but no kidding that looks authentic. Could you post a link to the actual post of hers that tells about it? I just get today's blog post and don't see it there. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot. And I only once tried making sauerkraut. I was SO hopeful and managed to spoil an entire huge Redwing crock full of the stuff. :-(((

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  8. HI all, sorry about the mixed up link, it's all fixed now..there is a link embedded in the post, and at the bottom of the post.

    Jen

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  9. Get project Jen, makes a wonderful background.

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  10. That's foam board?!? I never would have known if you hadn't told me. It looks so real and fabulous! I'm going to have to give this a try when I get some spare time....might be a while. ;o) Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Clever and very useful (plus easy to store). I am going to try this one.
    Joy

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  12. Thanks for sharing the fellow blogger and your ideas on the faux wood panels. Very cleverly done. I have been having fun lately doing indoor photography. Lovely shots!

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  13. You have a gift with color and design. Very nice! I'll let you work magic at my place.

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  14. Wow, this is fantastic! I love the look you created with the grey paint or whatever colour you used. It looks like real old barn boards. I visited the link and read the tutorial. I have my own aged barn boards in the garage but something light like this is really nice. And, I love the photos that you took on it afterwards. They are beautifully styled Jen. Thanks for the tips!

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  15. Wow. I'm really impressed, Jen. I might (as in definitely will) try this. Something like this would come in very handy for my Etsy shop photos.

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  16. Yours turned out wonderful! I need this. Thanks for the link and sharing.

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  17. What a wonderful idea. I would have never guessed that was a painted background and not real boards. In fact, I went back to look more closely. Such a great job!

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  18. I think we have been admiring the same sorts of Pinterest pictures, because I have wanted to create some sort of barn board background for a while now. I would never have thought to use foam core! It looks terrific and I never would have guessed that it wasn't wood. I just love that opening image by the way.

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  19. Wow - what an amazing idea.
    Now tell me about the frog or toad in your photo. Is it real? It looks real. I like it.

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    1. Hi Carla, it's a cement frog, or toad...I never really thought about it, just love it. It pops up in a lot of my shots.

      Jen

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  20. Cool idea which makes a great backdrop for photographing items to show on blog or to sell.

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  21. I need to do this..I will add it to my long list! Thanks for the idea!! The kraut sounds great! :)

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    1. It was as perfect as it could be...truly.

      Jen

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  22. I am going over there to take a look. Not sure I would be as successful as you are, but I love what you have done. xo Laura

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  23. Nice! You are so creative (and your blogger friend, too)! Sometimes I like to use gray/black fabrics as backdrops for floral arrangements. It's fun to experiment, isn't it?

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  24. Your painted foam core board looks just like old barn board! Great job! Your photos are really lovely. I like how you adapted the directions to make something even better. My hats off to your creativity! Is this what happens when you are snow bound for weeks on end?

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  25. What a brilliant idea Jen, thanks for the link to the tutorial. If you hadn't mentioned it, I never would have known your BG wasn't real barn board. Wonderful job!

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  26. Excellent, Jen. That first photo is a stunner.

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