Workshop Backgrounds

A few behind the scene pics from todays workshop.  Friday night use to be just a get together but I’ve recently turned it into a painting party.

Bob and I troweling  Venetian Plaster onto #12 Duck Canvas

Kevin workin hard

Close up views, the pictures don’t do them justice

and the proud papa’s

8 comments category: Backgrounds,Photographing models,Workshop

1 Mary DuPrie July 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

i really think the process needs to be shown, the students and i go back and forth…they ruin it and i go in behind them and fix it…

it’s the only way to learn and teach it though


2 Mary DuPrie July 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

yes, it comes in many standard colors and they will custom tint…they have a fit when you ask for dark colors and they say they can’t be done, but it’s not true.

they can add up to 10 oz of tint to the can, that’s all it can hold. some stores are better than others for custom tinting. it comes in some great standard colors too though.

the trowel is the trick though, i wouldn’t trowel without, do a search in my blog for the link


3 Michael C July 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

Those are some AWESOME looking backgrounds !!! I have always been intrigued by your sets and photography, glad to see you have included the “how to” steps for your backgrounds into your workshops. Our clients love the background we produced at your last workshop, it is the “Go To” background for seniors and lifestyle portraits. I have started purchasing the tools and supplies for our own backgrounds, Thanks Mary for sharing your technique!



4 Steve S July 24, 2010 at 9:05 am

Do you offer any tutorials on how to do this? Maybe a short downloadable video on how to would be great… Or even a PDF with instructions and images…. Maybe a new product you can offer? Is there any way I can learn this without attending one of your workshops? Thanks for your input…..


5 Mary DuPrie July 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

Yes, 3 or 4 colors work great….A flat base is great, i just use flat cheap house paint. We sponged on venetian plaster right onto the background here though. I did it that way so they could practice sponging.

There are no hard and fast rules with this product. I’ve made many backgrounds this way and done of them have chipped. I staple them to pvc pipes.


6 Kevin M. July 24, 2010 at 7:48 am

So did readership spike with these two studs too?


7 Blake Discher July 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

Excellent backgrounds Mary. You are the master in plaster! (Oh, and model photography too.)


8 FJG Photo July 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm

These look great. I’ve never worked with venetian plaster before. It looks like you worked with three different shades of colors. I take it you lay down a light colored base, probably in flat latex and trowel the venetian plaster(s) on top of the base?

My other question is, when totally dry, can it be rolled up on a pvc tube without any cracking of the finish?

Thanks for your always informative info……


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