How To Make An Easily Transportable/Inexpensive Canvas Backdrop!

Todays blog post is all about how I made this inexpensive, easily transportable canvas backdrop! If (like me) you would prefer to watch a youtube video about how to make the back drop, then zoom down to the bottom and I have included the link to the main video that I made to go alongside this blog post. Also check out this blog post about the images that I created using this back ground: The Ivy Crown 🙂


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What you will need:

First things first you will need to buy yourself a canvas. I went for a Windsor & Newton Canvas from The Range and I bought it in the largest size in the shop. However make sure you get one that will fit in your car. I bought mine then realised it was a couple of inches too big to fit into my car and I had to get a friend to come and rescue me! I had bought it in the evening and I wanted to use it the next day so I was too stubborn to take it back to get the smaller size (in hindsight I probably should have just done that!). I know I’m advertising this as an easily transportable backdrop, but my car seems to be extra extra small and that’s probably why they call it a mini!

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2. The next thing you will need to invest in, is some matte paint. I went for Black, Grey and White. However I only ended up using the grey and white because the grey was the perfect colour for what I wanted!

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3. You will also need to get a painting tray and paint roller. These are not essential however I LOVED the effect that the paint roller gave and would highly recommend painting with the roller to achieve a similar texture. Along side this I would also recommend getting a sponge, or any kind of material that has potential to create some unusual textures!

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Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 15.50.01Firstly I laid the canvas flat on a gravelled area outside. If you can’t do it outside then I recommend just using newspaper or a painting sheet so that you don’t get paint everywhere!

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I then started with the grey paint to cover the canvas, and I did this very rough because I purposely wanted to the texture to come through from the roller and the canvas. The more texture the better!

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I next added some white emulsion to the tray and without any precision I rolled white on top of the grey on the canvas.

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Using the sponge I then added small dabs of the white and grey paint to the canvas. I made the paint two toned so that it added more texture and depth to the overall effect

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I then went round the canvas and softened the white patches with the roller, and added dabs with the sponge as I went around.

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To get a better view I then propped the canvas up, and took a step back to see which marks I liked or disliked. I then went around the edges and added or took away any of the canvas that I wanted to change.

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& that is is!! This is from a test shoot that I did the following day after the canvas had dried!


If you want to hear a more chatty version of this blog post then head over to my youtube channel or watch the video below!

If you do decide to take inspiration from this post then please comment below and show me how you made yours! I would love to see! 🙂


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