painted canvas backdrop for studio photography {round two}

I think I've found a new obsession with painting my own photography backdrops. It's so satisfying to create a custom piece of art that reflects my style. Being a stay at home mom requires me to get creative with fitting in my artistic adventures, and I've found that nap time is my golden ticket to unleash my imagination and brewing ideas. I completed this canvas in a couple days (2-3 hours total), using the same techniques as my last backdrop. It's the perfect weekend DIY project.

I did one thing different this time around that really finished it off nicely. When my canvas was close to complete, I used a spray bottle with an acrylic paint and water mixture to spray on some soft color on top of the ragged layers, concentrating on creating a subtle vignette. It helped smooth out some of the heavier texture. I also swiping a dry, stiff brush over the sprayed paint to blend it in even more.

My vision for this canvas was to be cool, cosmic, textured, and resemble painted concrete. It came together just as I had hoped. My mom and I decided to name it "the bruise." A rather ridiculous name, but it gave us a laugh as the colors really do resemble a bad bruise that's had a few days to maturate. I gotta say, it's the best lookin' bruise I ever did see. 

Materials for painted canvas:

  • 2 yards of "59 duck canvas fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. (It's only $6.99/yard, and they always have 40-50% off coupons on their website.) 
  • 3 quarts interior eggshell sample paint from Lowes (I used Valspar's Blue Twilight, Azure Snow, and Crystal Aqua, and only used 1/3 of the container.)
  • acrylic paints (I used yellow, blue, grey, and brown to create an olive green that I first ragged on and then sprayed on. I also used black, blue, grey, and brown to create a stormy sea blue that I sprayed on as a vignette.)

additional materials and instructions are listed in my previous backdrop post 

painted canvas studio backdrop - Louisa Nickel Photography

The finished backdrop...

 Cow, my toddler's bff, is always willing to pose for me ;)

Cow, my toddler's bff, is always willing to pose for me ;)