Tim Layton Fine Art | Experiment - Hand Staining Photo Rag Paper For Floral Still Life Backgrounds - Video 1

Experiment - Hand Staining Photo Rag Paper For Floral Still Life Backgrounds - Video 1

May 16, 2018  •  2 Comments

In this first video, I am experimenting with a new way to make some backgrounds for my floral still life and wildflower photos while in the field. An old trick that us flower photographers use from time to time is to place a background behind our flowers so that we can stop down the lens and get greater definition or to eliminate undesirable elements and clutter from our compositions.  I go over this extensively in my Large Format Floral Still Life Video Workshop, in case you are interested. 

I will be posting at least two more videos in this series as I experiment with different staining techniques and compare how tea works as opposed to coffee.  Then I will be heading to the field to create some new exposures and make some prints in the darkroom which I will share with you.  I will be sending updates on this to my newsletter subscribers.  

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Tim Layton Fine Art
Hi Eric, thanks for sharing your info. Really great ideas!
Eric Searing(non-registered)
You can also paint a smooth board white then use soft wax with/without pigments to create interesting backgrounds that can be reused and is more durable than paper and won't show creases like paper or fabric does. Paint the other side with black/dark chalk paint and use chalk dust to create light on dark textures. 2x2 drywall can easily be plastered then painted/stained and is useful for making rough textured backgrounds that mimics stone or stucco.
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