Sometimes I get tired of taking pictures of my final, smaller projects on white boards.
Sometimes my white boards are looking less than stellar and I don’t really want to keep them, but I don’t want to throw them away either. (If you don’t have white boards, I can occasionally find them at Dollar Tree).
After a failed photo shoot for my shop in the freezing cold, where I’d run to my van to warm up my hands between every item, I figured I’d just make my own backgrounds. That way I don’t have to go anywhere when I have to photograph smaller items!
All my ideas I recommend using on the hard white boards. They measure about 20” x 30”. They are sort of like cardboard, lightweight and the texture, though smoother. I can find them at Dollar Tree or always at Wal-Mart in the craft supplies/school section. They range from $1.00-$4.00 normally. The ones at Dollar Tree are certainly not as nice quality, but if you are just spraying and texturing them, it doesn’t really matter. The ones from Wal-mart I get are dark blue on one side and white on the other. They are frequently used in school projects for kids, like a science project.
You can divide the boards up, cut them, cover parts so you can do half a board at a time with a different method, or whatever.
Let’s get started!
I love the look of an orange peel textured wall. With a leftover can of spray paint and some spray texture purchased for around $10.00 at Home Depot, you can make your own orange peel textured mini “wall”. That’s quite the mouthful!
One can of the spray texture covered two of the white boards that are about 20” x 30” big. Just follow the directions on the back of the can. It was a really cold day here, but I know if you turn the dial clockwise on this nozzle, it was supposed to produce a finer texture, but I think it was just too cold. I had wanted to make one with a finer texture and one with larger bumps, but that didn’t happen.
Spray your board with the texturizer, let dry for a few hours, then spray paint or paint with a roller over the top. The great thing is that you probably have paint sitting in your house somewhere just begging to be used for this project! If you want a different look, you can knock down the texture when it is wet following the directions on the can.
When you are done, you’ll have a couple new fake walls to take pictures on. My boards did slightly curve once they were dry, but I really think they will un-curve if I sit a couple books on either end of the board. Just be careful when storing these boards, because you don’t want to knock off the texture.
You’ll need: a hard white board, a little spray paint for the base paint (the yellow in mine—you don’t need spray paint. You can use any paint but spray paint is so easy and fast!), a 7 oz. bottle of Elmer’s glue, one bottle of acrylic paint for the top layer color, and a foam brush or two. I learned how to do this on YouTube. While I was looking at Home Depot for the crackle spray paint, a helpful employee there said you can learn how to make your own online with Elmer’s glue. So that’s just what I did. If you don’t have time to watch a video, it’s really easy and I’ll explain it here.
I’m positive the amount of glue and the amount of strokes in your glue will result in a different look every time—a brush verses your fingers will also. I used the entire bottle of glue. Experiment and see how you like it best! I also think the glue could be watered down a little bit, because it didn’t really want to brush with my foam brush so I ended up using my fingers to spread it out.
I purchased these paper doilies for $2.00 in the wedding section at Walmart. There were 20 in the pack.
***For these next ideas, I used 1/4 of a white board. You can certainly make them on a larger scale though! If wanting to divide the board, you can either leave it as one board and cover up the other 3 sections as you are working, or cut it into fourths (or half, or whatever. I would still recommend doing the next methods on the hard white boards. A thinner, more pliable poster board soaks things and bends/curls the paper so it doesn’t lay flat. Trust me:). I tried it! But if that doesn’t bother you then go for it!***
This one might be my favorite, simply because I think you can use it in a lot of crafts—even framing a simple word with this method would be fun.
I wasn’t sure if this one would work, but I was happy when it did! You just need some salt, spray adhesive, and spray paint.
First sprinkle some salt all over the board, until it looks how you want it. Then spray the adhesive over the salt. Still don’t move it around too much since not all the salt sticks.
Also very self-explanatory. Paint the board with chalkboard paint, or spray with the chalkboard spray paint.
Other ideas you’ll see lots o’ places online:
-use fabric as background
-use scrapbook paper for the background
-props like books, vases, flowers, clocks, etc. are always great to liven up and personalize a picture
-spell things with buttons, ribbon, candy, or other small items.
The possibilities are endless! I always love a good, creative photo!