Another great workshop came to a close tonight. For the second time we made a 8×8 ft canvas backdrop. The only difference was two attendees got to take the backgrounds with them that we all made. Wow, what a bonus. The images show everyone working on one of the backgrounds.
We stapled the #12 duck onto my wall then painted the cloth with inexpensive flat house paint from Home DePot. Buying 100 yards with shipping brings the cost of a 8×9 ft piece to $21. each. I searched quite a bit and this companies prices were by far the best. The second step was to trowel on Venetian Plaster from Home DePot. Troweling is an art form but it’s also very forgiving. Sometimes the mistakes can actually make the background even better.
On Saturday night Michael and I started a new background that turned out great. I mentioned on Sunday morning that we could turn over the backdrop and sponge paint a whole new look. Nugget! (that’s what Michael calls them) So the guys popped out all the staples and we re-stapled the background and I sponged painted. Ohh La La a two sided backdrop…cool
The background really starts coming together after trimming all four sides. You see the guys stapling the cloth onto a $3 plastic pipe from Home Depot. I use an upholstery staple gun I have left over from making my tufted squares. It takes the stress off the roll if you staple the edge then roll it around again and staple twice.
Michael Carr of Houston, Texas mentioned he bought two backgrounds the same size at the WPPI show which were stapled once along the top, stress started to pop the staples immediately. He paid $400 each for the backgrounds so he was happy to actually make a background from the workshop. I’ll be shipping it as soon as I recover from the last three days.
Oh, that’s right, Michael won a spot to the workshop from being a blog subscriber! Wow, what a bonus. Michael flew all the way in from Texas last minute and I’m sure he really enjoyed himself, his notebook seemed to fill up with nuggets. One of the things I mentioned to Michael is that he could use the backdrops on an angle versus using them straight on. I then put a ladder with sandbags and 4×8 ft Styrofoam panel behind it and the model can really lean against it, versus just standing in front of it.
The funniest part of the whole weekend was the rental car Michael got stuck with at the airport. I’ve never seen this car before and I hope to never see it again. It’s called the “Cube”. Let’s just say he wasn’t exactly stylin when he was in Detroit. He said “no wonder the hot chick at the counter laughed!”
Thanks to everyone who participated this weekend David, Dan, Michael and Susan. The make artists were Tammy Pore and Debbie Darakdjian who always do a wonderful job. Models Tiffany Stone, a seasoned pro and talented new comer Andrea.
My next workshop will be July 24 & 25 2010.8 comments