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Learn how to easily paint or stain a wood photo backdrop with food coloring, choosing your favorite colors. Can you imagine all the possibilities?
Long time no seen, hope you are all doing well these days and are staying cool somewhere on a beautiful sandy beach! :) I know that’s what I would love to do for at least … one month to fully recharge my batteries! :)
We had some crazy days here at Dreams Factory, juggling between making new DIY projects, writing articles for the blog and making lots of blog design changes, managing our business and shops but also finding time to enjoy these beautiful summer days.
It is a little bit exhausting, I must confess and sometimes overwhelming, but I’m not really complaining. Being able to work from home, doing something that I love, having the control over my own precious time mean the world to me! Not to mention that I get to do all these with Mr Dreamy by my side – we are both truly blessed.
I try to find ways to relax in all this madness and the fact that I dropped my iPhone into a pitcher with water the other weeks kind of forced me to take an additional break from social media. It was only then, when my smartphone was broken when I have realized how much time I actually spent there, so I tried to enjoy the short ”no phone period of time” as much as I could … at least until my iPhone was up an running again :)
Now let’s get to the painting with food coloring part. This might sound a little crazy, but yes, you can actually paint wood with food coloring.
Why in the world would you want to do that, you ask?:) Let me tell you how I got to the point of using this method in the first place.
You know the beautiful tinted jars that you can find all over Pinterest lately?
Like these amazing blue jars from Lucy / Craftberry Bush, that I absolutely adore?
|Photo credit Craftberry Bush|
Well, I tried making some of my own, but for me the whole process was a total mess. It was a little frustrating, especially that I was planning to tint a lot of jars and I could really envision them in strategic places around our home. I have no idea why it didn’t work, I tried several ways and ratios, but let’s just say I couldn’t find the perfect balance between all the ingredients.
Because I really liked the colors I got (and following the principle ”use everything waste nothing”), I thought I should try and use them to paint / stain some wood.
How to paint a wood photo backdrop with food coloring
I had some cuttings from an old pallet laying around so I decided to recycle it and make a reversible wood photo backdrop, suitable for food and object photography.
I used 6 planks with lots of nail marks that I really loved. Each plank was cut to a length of 54 cm and was 10 cm wide. I didn’t glue them together because I didn’t wanted them to occupy too much space and wanted to be able to easily stack them.
Initially the ”food coloring paint” consisted of 3 tablespoons of Mod Podge*, a few drops of blue food coloring and about 5 tablespoons of water, but I doubled the quantity of water when I started applying it on wood. You can play here a little bit with the ratios and see how the food coloring paint looks on your wood.
I applied several layers by brushing but I also added a little bit of dripping in the process to highlight some areas.
The wood that was used to make the pallet had slightly different colors and the food coloring paint took their shades. Some were blue-ish and some were turquoise-ish. I really loved the final results and was thrilled to see how the first side of my wood photo backdrop looked.
I give it a try and the contrast with some white ramekins, painted French books and a beautiful white vase was to die for! :)
For the other side I used a darker colors that was also intended to be initially used on tinted jars. I followed the same steps and loved the final result too! :)
I have already used this side on the ”DIY Essential oil reed difusser” post, remember?
I can say that I’m in love with my new double sided wood photo backdrop and cannot wait to use it again. Food coloring can be an alternative to regular paint, just think of the possibilities! Not to mention that there are so many available colors and so many ways to combine them.
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If you want to save this project for later, click on one of the pictures below and go directly to Pinterest.
Well, that’s it for today, if you have any questions or just ant to say Hi, feel free to leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to smile,