Friday, November 04, 2011

Now That's Dirty

Got my close-up ground cover technique down: 1. foam roller brush on matte medium onto brown dyed fabric or direct set surface. 2. Dust with mulch (to the scale you need; sifted fine for micro scale or big chunks for macro), 3. Repeat once or twice more over that until coverage/scale desired is reached. 4. Then sit down like a fool and hand glue down stuff that's on the ground naturally, like leaves, berries, twigs, pebbles, rocks, etc.

The idea of making these cloth ground surfaces like the sand, grass, and dirt is very versatile. If I need a bit of set in a background, I can use any old things around, boxes or old drop cloths, to make a base and then throw one of the texture cloths over the top for an instant portable place.


  1. Yes! I love the texture cloth idea, will use it for Jenny G :)

  2. Yay! Fabulous, Jeff. Can't wait to see how you use it! xoxo

  3. Is the cloth still flexible after you're finished? I was thinking about doing something similar for still photo shoots.

  4. Hi Tea Rose! The cloth is still flexible, yes. It's stiffer than before the matte medium coats however still easy to position as if heavy canvas.

    If you needed something more soft and posable, you could simply use lighter coat(s) of matte medium.

    A very good set up trick.


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