I must pat myself on the back, I promised you guys a blogpost on prop boards and here it is. After shooting 5 ingredients for a book and the cleaning up that goes with it ( which I almost despise) I am ready to take the rest of the day off. Am excited to share this post with you, so after I hit publish on this post, am going to put my feet up and relax. I just love painting boards ! I can pretend to be an artist…! I have always seen my mother work with oils, charcoal, graphite and even embroidery. My mother and sister are amazing artists, you can view my mother’s portfolio here. If you clicked on the link, and saw what you saw, you will know why I said amazing…these boards seem lame right.
Thanks for all the queries and requests that prompted me to write this post… I hope I will be able to explain and if you have any questions, just let me know and I will try to answer them. I hope I inspire you to go and paint some boards and don’t forget to leave me a link or share a picture of your board.
I have used two techniques here, there are many techniques and it's your artistic decision. Dry brushing and wet on wet is what I usually use. If you are not good with picking colors use a color wheel and complimentary colors on the color wheel really work well together. Just play around, if you do not like it you can always repaint it.
Note : paints can dry darker or lighter then they appear when they are wet. So, if you are looking for a specific color and are picky make sure you take that into account. When you mix two colors, you get a third color that is a blend of the two, so if you are going with blue and yellow you will have a green there.
You can paint on both side of a board.
For solid colors I usually use foam board, as they are so much easy to carry on a client site.
ply wood or any kind of wood with some texture. Foam if solid color.
paint - I usually use interior home paint, get samples from the hardware store - it’s about 4-5$ for a sample. If you get lucky you might find something in clearance for as low as 50cents. Specially gray, most times when a color is not mixed properly it is gray and you will find it in clearance.
Brush - again, I got one from the hardware store
rag cloth - it really helps reduce the mess.
Pick two colors. Clean the wood and paint the basic color on the ply wood, I usually paint the darker color first. Don’t have to be very precise. You can also do the light first as the base- it’s your board. The main color will be the second color.
Let it dry, preferably 2-3 hours.
I did not like it that much as I found the strokes a bit harsh, that’s because it was acrylic. When the paint is still wet, dab with rag cloth, it will subdue the harsh lines from the stroke. If the paint has dried, add a bit more paint on the same spot and dab with rag. You can use either colors to dab.
When you pick your colors and make the boards, remember the board is not the main hero, it's a prop for the photographs and you do not want it to grab all the attention.
Wet on wet
Pick two or more colors, keep all the paint jars open. Pick one main color, start painting like you normally would. Keep changing colors every now and then. To blend the colors, dab the brush horizontal on the board or use a rag cloth, do it when the paint is wet. You can add new color, paint over, this is your canvas, enjoy ! It's really fun and addictive.
I used 5 colors.
dark blue ( acrylic)
After the first coat, i felt the lines and strokes looked too forced, so started brushing it horizontally with another coat.
Kept mixing and redoing the horizontal strokes till I found what I liked. Added more blue and yellow and reduced the grays.
Hope i was successful in doing a meaningful post and hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.