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14 Aug 2014 - 12:25115185
Painting backdrops
Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any tips for painting backdrops for cosplay skits?

Do you have to prime muslin material or is it good to go?

14 Aug 2014 - 19:42115193
It's best to prime it first, I'd probably go for canvas or calico over muslin unless you're wanting it to be see-through as it's easier to paint. Either a couple of washes of watered down acrylic or jesso work best for priming for acrylic or oil paint. If you use fabric paint you don't need to prime it, but you should wash the fabric first tbh.

19 Aug 2014 - 22:19115267
We did a massive backdrop of the Tooth Palace.
It was 2.5m high and 10m long.
I used a computer artwork and sent it to a friend in
the Philippines for printing.
They printed it on heavyweight plastic, complete with
eyelets for hanging.
Total cost including shipping was about £120. Here it
would be several times that figure.
Certainly one way of doing it. You can see part of it on my
Tooth costume page. Cheers!

04 Sep 2014 - 20:30115459
Actually, you can get digital printing like that done for about £30-60 a meter at Befab in Edinburgh and you can get a graduate/student discount with them too:


There's places in London that do it too if you search for "digital fabric printing". Or you can use services in the US like Spoonflower who have one of the most eco-friendly digital printer in the world installed at their workshop:


Probably should of thought of that since I am a trained digi-printer, lol.

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