Painting Cloth Backdrops

24 Feb 2009

Q: I am doing some large cloth backdrops for the stage. Gesso is so expensive, but I want to make sure the background doesn't crack. Is there something else that I can purchase by the gallon that would work?

If you are not concerned with being archival, you can use a white glossy acrylic wall paint. The gloss is more flexible than the matte finish, and can also be mixed with artists' acrylics.

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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