Textured Styling Board - Tutorial
Photographers, calligraphers, designers, stylists…we all know the feeling of wanting to have a beautiful surface to capture our work on! I went on for quite some time in my business before I realized that the one thing my photos were missing was a consistent and beautiful background. I researches and looked around for some pretty styling boards but literally could not find a single one under $100, so I decided to make one myself!
There are plenty of styles out there, but I decided to go for a more textured look because I LOVE texture in my work. So I’ve decided to share with y’all how I went about it! I’ll be sharing my process as well as the materials I used in hopes that you’ll feel confident to create one for yourself! Enjoy :)
Foam Posterboard - Some people use canvas, but the foam board is much cheaper! Mine did warp a little bit from the amount of spackle that I used, but I found that it didn’t affect the outcome of the photos.
Spackling Paste - I linked some here, but just any spackle will do! You can grab it from your local hardware store.
Acrylic Paint - Whatever color and brand you want! Anything will work. Doesn’t even have to be acrylic, that’s just what I used.
Palette Knife - Really just anything that will scrape the spackle across the board for you!
Any paint brush - I actually used a smaller size when I went back over with the gray paint
First, the fun and messy part! Just take any size knife and generously cover the board with the spackle. The best thing about this is that you can add as much or as little texture as you want! I added a TON because I love texture, but I may end up doing another one where the texture is more subtle, so I can have options! Either way, just play around with it until you like the way it looks. It dries pretty quickly, so try to be consistent and cover the board without taking any breaks!
Next, you’ll want to wait for everything to dry! Like I said it dries pretty quickly, but I would still give it a good 20-30 minutes. It may depend on the spackle you get, but you’ll be able to tell by touching it. Once the spackle is completely dry, now it’s time to add the paint! I actually didn’t have to cover the whole thing in paint because the spackle was actually already a color that I really liked! So I just incorporated some white and gray stokes throughout the board and blended it nicely! I want it to look good, but I also wanted to keep it pretty neutral so that my stationery is still the main focus once I’m photographing it on the board.
That’s pretty much it! After blending the paint in how how you want it, just give it plenty of time to dry. I had to give it a good few hours! I set mine outside in the sun though. So if you’re letting it dry inside, you may just want to let it dry overnight. I was just excited to use it so I put it in the sun to expedite the process :) That’s it! So easy, it literally took me less than an hour (minus the paint drying) and I paid like $15 for the materials! I’m posting more photos below of my work styled so you can see how nice it looks in photos! The cool thing about it is that you can make it however you want, change up the amount of texture and colors, make multiple…it’s a great thing to have that will seriously upgrade those pics!