2 May 2018 / 36 Comments

The easiest photography background {how-to tutorial}

Over the past 12 months I have seen 100s of this boards being brought to life in different colours palettes by creatives from ALL OVER THE WORLD. It’s so crazy! When I first posted this tutorial on my instagram stories last year, I had no idea this simple,yet effective method I used for creating my own food photography backdrops WILL GO VIRAL. Seeing creatives from different corners of the world trying it and creating MAGIC warms my heart every time!

And make sure you tag me in your creations – I’d so excited to see how your board turns out.

HUGE THANK YOU to my dear friend Danny for creating this video with me!




  • Shoot on it! Don’t judge it before you try it!
    Don’t forget camera see differently than our eyes. When I painted the first few boards I though ‘Nah, it’s horrible!’ then I forced myself to test it and photograph something on it and suddenly I was like ‘OMG!I love it!’So don’t judge it before you try it.
  • Space saver!
    Save some space by using both sides of the board!
  • What colours to pick?
    Go for different shades of the same colour for a powerful ‘blend’ which will be complementing your subject and not distracting from it. Blending darker and lighter shades of the same colour always works great! Check out Pinterest for some colour inspiration and try to recreate your favourites using this method. Or go to my INSTAGRAM to get inspired – most of my boards were painted with this method.
  • What paint to pick?
    If you are going to place food directly on the board, I suggest finding good non toxic/eco friendly brand.

HAPPY PAINTING!  Don’t forget to tag me in your creations – I’d love to see your boards!


  1. I never dared to try making my own backdrop before seing how Bea made hers. It’s so easy. Even if mine will never be as beautifull as hers I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m so grateful that IG connected my with that adorable, generous and so talented photographer. Cheers

    The Green Kitchinette (Lili)

    1. Aw!!!!Thank you Lidwine! I so can’t wait to see you soon at the workshop in Bristol <3 We'll create some magic! Lot's of love!

  2. I love it! Last year I saw it and decided to give it a try! It’s super easy to make and I was having so much fun with it, so I even made three backdrops that I use all the time! Thank you Bea!❤️

    1. Thank you Maria for such a beautiful comment! Your backgrounds turned out so freaking GORGEOUS! Much love x

  3. Bea what would I have done without this tutorial. I have painted 6 boards using this tutorial. It really works, just 15 mins and viola a new boards. I am going to paint a blue and a pink board now that I am so inspired.
    I think you should patent it.

    1. Awwww!This makes me so happy Suchita! Can’t wait to see the blue and pink board you create lovely lady! Sending warmest hugs your way! Bea x

  4. No way! If I knew it would be this easy, I wouldn’t have spent all those dollars! Going to try this soon

  5. Hi Bea and thank you so much for this tutorial!! I saw it on your storie and I already made 4 backgrounds thanks to you ! I taged you on my instagram page 🙂

  6. Bea, I know how much this tutorial works like magic. I had first seen your tutorial on Instagram.. and then tried it instantly.. I have got a few blue/ grey boards made with this inspiration:)

    Yes, I can’t wait to see you at the Bristol Workshop 🙂

    1. Awwww! Thank you Sandhya!!!I absolutely love the boards you created <3 And so excited to finally meet you in July!!!

  7. This tutorial is a revelation! Going to try this super soon. And I absolutely completely love your blog. Your creative genius doesn’t cease to inspire and you seem like a genuinely warm person even virtually. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks with us! You make it look easy but hope to get a few boards painted this week. YAY!

    1. Thank you soooooo much! Ah! You put a huge smile on my face 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new backgrounds!!! Yay!And thank you for being here!

  8. Where do you buy your plywood from and is it any particular type?
    Also what matte lacquer do you recommend?

    1. Hey Rochelle, I get my plywood from B&Q – it is just a plain one 🙂 As for the lacquer, because I don’t use one on mine, there is no brand really I can recommend. But I suggest buying just a sample and try it on a sample plywood before paining the whole board 🙂 Hope this helps!

  9. Woooow. It’s amazing, I love it!!! I’m gonna try it..

    What do you use on the other wood? (on the bottom)

    1. Hey Maria! So happy to hear that you love it! The other one is made with the same method but there is more white mixed in 🙂 Hope this helps! x

  10. Hi, Bea!

    What an excellent idea – I was so happy when I saw this technique and I can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    Since I don’t have any tester paint pots to buy here in Croatia, could you tell me how much do they weigh – how much did you use for one board?

    Thanks so much for this tutorial!

    1. Hi Ana! So happy you like this idea! It really is simple and effective! The pots are 30g each, however there was paint left, so you would need less than that depending on the size of the board you are painting.

      Sending best wishes from (surprisingly) sunny England! Bea x

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