Building a backdrop - Phase II Comments/Advice

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  1. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    Welcome to Phase II of my backdrop construction.
    As you'll see in the 1st pic, covered the seams in the poster paper with 1 1/2" wide masking tape.
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/jeffrey-wimberly/bdb1.jpg

    I continued this all the way down the wall.
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/jeffrey-wimberly/bdb2.jpg

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    Now for the paint for the backdrop. I use a flat latex paint called 'Nimble Blue' for this. It will dry to a very nice looking sky blue.
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/jeffrey-wimberly/bdb8.jpg

    The first coat is already on the first sheet of poster board. I'll do the entire length, then put a second coat on. This will fill in any areas the first coat missed and will insure uniformity.
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/jeffrey-wimberly/bdb9.jpg

    The entire length is now done in two coats. I left one little area unpainted so you can see the difference between what color the poster board was and what color it is now. Quite a difference, isn't it?
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h80/jeffrey-wimberly/bdb10.jpg
  2. CAS

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  3. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Negative. I'm using regular plain copy paper. That way there's no gloss sheen and no light being reflected off that screams flat surface when it's in a pic. Just like my old backdrop, it'll blend with scenery and seem to go on for miles.
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    I looked back through several of your posts to see if you already answered this question but I did not find the answer and so must assume that you did not... where are you getting your backdrop pictures from? Did you take them yourself or have you found them on an internet site? Also, those are some unique looking windows behind your backdrop... they lead me to wonder, what kind of structure does your layout occupy?
  5. jeffrey-wimberl

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    My layout is located in a 56 year old 8 x 25 travel trailer. It occupies the front half, I ocupy the back half.
  6. CAS

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    jeffrey, did you actually order these backgrounds, or did you just enlarged the photo's, then fix them in a graphics program?

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  7. jeffrey-wimberl

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    Keep your eyes open for Phase III.
  8. Russ Bellinis

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    Looks really good. Using regular copy paper will "soak up" a lot of ink. If you want to conserve ink, you can print on photo-paper and then shoot a coat of dull coat or acryllic flat finish over the finished back drop to kill the reflections.
  9. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

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    That's an idea. I'll keep it in mind when I build my next backdrop.