In theatre, muslin is used for flats or stage walls and stage backdrops because it is a sturdy material that you can paint over repeatedly and stiffen or size with water and glue. Making a Hollywood backdrop with muslin, therefore, offers you the opportunity to make a long-lasting backdrop that you can reuse or paint over when you are ready to create a scene for another event or different decor.
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Things you need
- White glue
- Paint brush
- Sewing machine
Spread plastic on the floor or on the ground outside. Lay your muslin on top of the plastic and smooth it out.
Mix one part white glue to one part water in a bucket. The larger your piece of muslin, the more water and glue you will need.
Paint the muslin with the water and glue mixture and a paint brush. Coat the entire material with the water and glue. Apply three coats of the mixture to the muslin, and then allow the muslin to completely dry.
Sew the edges of your muslin with a sewing machine and thread, turning the edges over 1/2 inch all the way around.
Prepare Your Backdrop
Draw out your Hollywood design on paper, using a pencil. If you need ideas for your backdrop, look through magazines or books for Hollywood photos.
Transfer your Hollywood design to the muslin backdrop, drawing on the muslin with your pencil.
Paint your design with acrylic paints and a paint brush. Paint your background colours first and your featured colours last so that the most significant elements of your backdrop will stand out.
Create Your Backdrop
Tips and warnings
- Water and glue serves to size your muslin, making it stiffen and slightly shrink and giving it a canvas texture.
- Never use oil paint on a muslin backdrop, as the oil paint will smear on the material when you store it and does not always completely dry on muslin.
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