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Can a regular LATEX paint be used in CANVAS ?

Edwin Crescini , Jun 01, 2000; 01:56 p.m.

I am doing my own backdrop, Is it ok to used a regular latex paint to paint to canvas, will it hold ? Sorry guys, i really don't know..If not what paint would you recommend ? cost is a factor too.., I am trying to make the classic bluish cloud background.

I thank you in advance.


Rob Dalrymple , Jun 01, 2000; 02:22 p.m.

I would think that latex paint would crack. Aren't you supposed to dye them? Shutterbug had an article a while ago about making your own backdrops. You may want to check their site.

Oh and you may want to do a search here too. I'm pretty sure that making backdrops has been covered here before.

Good luck.

Tom Johnston , Jun 01, 2000; 02:24 p.m.


I have used latex paints on backdrops with no problems whatsoever and they have lasted for years. I am not a backdrop expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I would suggest that you don't put the paint on too heavy if you want it to adhere well.

I have also used special paints made for backdrops which works very well too, of course, but I really don't see much of a difference. As a matter of fact, I am planning to paint a backdrop in the next week or two and I plan to use latex for the colors although I have some special backdrop paint left over that I will use for the whites.

I'm sure you will get responses to your question from people a lot more knowedgeable about this than I am and I will be interested to read them too.

Good question.


Wayne Crider , Jun 01, 2000; 04:41 p.m.

I seem to remember reading that you should thin it down some with a little water. Just a point; Ever see a painters canvas drop cloth? Usually the paint doesn't come off it. Try muslin for cheaper cost and lighter weight, available at the local fabric store in 90, 108 & 120 inch wide sizes. Get pure cotton only. A small peice will allow you to try your tecnique out. I'm dyeing mine with the primary background color (ritz dye) before painting. Read a book in the home section of Barnes and Noble on painting walls and furniture with special tecniques. You'll want to know about ragging and sponging besides other various forms of painting which will give you a mottled look. BTW, I tried dyeing to get a mottled look, but it just didn't come out as I wanted.

Edwin Crescini , Jun 01, 2000; 06:35 p.m.

Thanks guys, really appreciate it. This is why I always everyday login to Photo.net.. thanks.

William Wilson , Jun 01, 2000; 08:42 p.m.

Make sure you use flat wall paint and yes, thin it. I would start at about 50/50 water to paint. You can always change the mix. Let it dry, study it, then paint into it again. Unlike water colors you can paint over again and again as long as you don't mix the paint too thick.

Dan Lyke , Jun 02, 2000; 12:44 p.m.

Add me to the "thin it down and paint it on muslin" crowd, I used cheap interior latex paint thinned on muslin for a backdrop for a Burning Man structure last year, it's been wrapped up in storage since September, I just wandered over and pinched a painted part and didn't get a permanent crease or crack. Thin it lots, buy muslin by the bolt, have fun.

Jennifer Turpen , Jun 02, 2000; 02:07 p.m.

If you want to make sure that your backdrop is going to last and not have a cracking issue. I would buy a large container of gesso at a discount craft or art store and apply a layer prior to painting with latex or any kind of paint.

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