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How You Can Easily Make A Book Page Photo Backdrop
Have you been waiting for a super simple DIY photo backdrop tutorial?! Well, aren’t you in luck? I had a great time tearing up the book pages for my photo backdrop and I ended up being buried in torn paper for an afternoon. It was a lot of fun ^_^ I’d been racking my brain for several months, trying to figure out the best photo backdrop ideas that I would be able to implement.
I purchased some tongue and groove panel boards to paint, of which I have two. The back of the boards had some self adhesive tape so I removed the tape and considered painting the back side, but quickly dismissed the thought as it’s plain, old, chipboard.
There was nothing visually interesting there and it would have been a plain chalk painted surface, minus the distressing. Boring!
So, I saw my collection of vintage books (minus the spines) and I liked the aged look of the paper, et voila. The decoupage idea entered my brainium. ^_^ I hope you enjoy this super simple little tutorial.
You will need:
- Book pages (see the shopping list on etsy, minus the large wooden board)
- Decoupage Glue
- Brushes suitable for decoupage glue (decoupage glue is usually water based so any brushes should be fine)
- A large board (mine cost £10 from the local DIY shop)
- Gesso (or a white paint you can lightly rub over the finish)
Start tearing your pages. Tear them randomly, in random shapes and try to avoid any blank pieces (margins, headers and chapter numbers) as there is very little visual interest there and look quite weird when it’s attached to the rest of the text on the board. I did try.
Prep your board, make sure any stickers are removed etc. Load your brush with glue and start covering. I did mine in small sections as my layering actions took a little time and some of the glue had started to dry around the edges.
Continue the process until the entire board is covered.
You can then use certain decoupage glue as varnish. I chose matte deco art deco-page glue.
When the glue was dried I took a little gesso and used a dry brush to ‘wash’ over the top of the pages. If your paint is too thick, you can always remove it with a damp towel or rag.
I hope you enjoyed this! Do you have any interesting photo backdrop ideas to share with me?
Here are some gorgeous embellishments I bought from Stephanie Bryan (I love that lady) and photographed them on my photo backdrop before I had added a huge layer of torn pages. I liked the look.
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