I received an email asking how I made the backdrop for my "Baby" shoot - so I thought I would post a how-to to give people some ideas. If I've left out any steps or info, let me know and I'll be happy to update this.
1. Buy Painters raw Calico Drop sheet from Mitre 10 (about $20), approximately 3 metres long and 1.5 metres wide. For those of you who can/want to sew several together - go for it.
2. Hang Calico on washing line (Don't tell your wife/Significant other/Spouse)
3. Mix el-cheapo acrylic artists paint (purchased from reject shop i.e. buck store for about $3 per tube) in spray bottle with water. Yup, that's right - ordinary, garden variety trigger spray bottle. Shake Well.
4. Spray on Calico
Okay, so there is SOME artistry at work here. For my background I selected three neutral, but complimentary colours - so not to overwhelm the subject. I chose (mixed/made) 1. Dark Charcoal 2. Light Charcoal 3. Fawn Brown. The base colours were experimentally mixed with white, light cream-yellow and black to get the tones I wanted.
The colours pretty much dried the way they went on. I had expected some fading, but it just didn't happen. I also had a test piece of fabric that I had pre-dampened - this resulted in the spray spreading and being more of an indistinct "patch" of colour than a "spatter". I elected to go with the spatter finish for this particular shoot, which is simply achieved by spraying directly onto DRY fabric.
Have the spray bottle nozzle wide open as the paint mix is quite thick. Have gloves if you don't want to get messy hands, as occasional de-clogging of the nozzle is needed. Unless you want a directional spray effect, keep moving your spray bottle in different directions and use varying distances. I found it dried thoroughly in about an hour.
Props - Terracotta pots from Bunnings, on sale for $16. Flower bases were two blow up beach balls from the buck store for $2.50 each. Flowers from my and my neighbours gardens, attached to the beach balls with gaffa tape. Ground sheet - plain Painters Calico drop sheet
Babies flower hat, $2 fabric kids hat from buck store with the brim cut off and flowers attached to it with safety pins. Add Baby. Add Camera and lights. Result...awwwwww sooo cute!!