This post will teach you how to make your own double-sided photography surface for taking beautiful flat lay photos.
I’ve been using a photography surface for my photos for a couple of years now and I love it. My kitchen quartz countertop has a Carrara marble look to it but the veining is so light that when I take flat lay photos on the countertop, the veining gets washed out.
It’s also very difficult to take photos with a tripod high on a countertop.
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I’ve seen these online for $200 or more which is out of my budget and it’s convenient to make it double-sided so you can have two surfaces in one! Here’s what you’ll need to make it.
- pre-sanded/pre-finished piece of plywood (I found mine in the off-cut section at a hardware store) 30 x 48 inches
- marble contact paper (as wide as possible, the largest I’ve found is 26″ wide)
- Sterling or Little Lamb grey paint, from Fusion Mineral Paint
- mini paint roller kit
- about 4-5 tablespoons of Fresco
- plastic spoon and container
- putty knife
- artist spatula
1.Cut the contact paper for the correct size of your board making sure it’s centered to ensure there are no lines in the middle. Peel back a couple of inches of the contact paper and place it on the edge of
2. Cut pieces of marble contact paper to fit the ends if your board is larger than the contact paper.
3. Flip over the board and prepare for paint. Mix 1 tablespoon of Fresco with some paint (about 1/2 cup) poured into a plastic bowl and stir.
4. Roll this out over the entire surface. As you roll, the lumps will smooth out but will create a slightly bumpy texture.
5. Next mix more paint and Fresco together adding about a
6. I repeated the last step again but added more Fresco and put it on in just a few random spots on the board. The more Fresco that is added, the lighter it becomes with more texture.
You can see the light tones are the random spots I added for the last time.
And now I have a beautiful two-sided photography surface to take flat lay photos from.
I hope this has inspired you to create your own two-sided photography surface.
Be sure to watch my YouTube video on this DIY double-sided photography surface:
Make sure to pin it for later!