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    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    Does anyone know of a source for muslin backdrops that is reasonable? I have a LF project of portraits made over several days. Rental is $18 US per day. If I' m going to spend close to $100 I might as well buy one. Thanks in advance for a ny and all advice. F. William Baker

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    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    In New England, a place called "The Fabric Place" carries raw muslin with widths up to 102"... I have made 4 using these and 6-10 boxes of your favorite color Rit Dye. Get some really large rubber bands and loosely wrap sections in the upper middle and then Dye them. If you wrap to tight, your going to get a "tye-dye" look but when doing it loosely, you get nice textures. My first one I used 6 boxes of black Rit dye and it came out a great almost neutral grey. I bought the 102"x 25' and have a great full length muslin. The next one I bought, same size, and left it the way it came for a great high key back ground. Another one is dyed brown (use 10-15 boxes to get a rich brown) and the other is splattered randomly with different colors of paint. As I recall, I paid around $65.00/ muslin that size.

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    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    I bought one of the self supporting muslins from Calumet. Tote- around or some such thing. These aren't cheap but they also don't need any support, you just lean them up against a wall.

    One thing that I would suggest - whether you make you own or not. Make sure that the background is just shades of grey. If it's grey then it can be any colour if you want, simply by lighting it with a coloured gel. The gels will prove to be a lot cheaper than extra backdrops.

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    Mar 2000

    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

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    Mar 2000

    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    Can you use paints on the muslim to create textures? What kind of paint?

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    Oct 2001

    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits has handpainted muslins from $99.00


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    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    Don't depend on Backdrop outlet. Poor service and poor attitude.

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    Jun 2002

    Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    I found plenty of inexpensive muslin backgrounds from dozens of manufacturers - scroll through 12 pages at B&H just to get an idea.

    Good inexpensive CANVAS - now that's much rarer...

    I kind of think muslin looks tacky unless it is blurry as hell.

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    Sep 2010

    Re: Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    You can also try here to browse their collections of muslin backdrops @ They have lesser price too! I have tried purchasing there a lot of times already.

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    Feb 2008

    Re: Muslin Backdrops for Portraits

    Try a bed sheet on a DIY stretcher (2x4"). White wall-paint plus colour additives. The sheet stretches as it dries. That's as cheap as you can get. If you want to roll it up, you need flexible Rosco canvas and Rosco paint. That's not cheap.
    I use bed-sheets for big things and art-supply canvas for little things.
    See here.

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