The other thing you need is Rit dye, or some other fabric dye. I went to a Laundromat, since I didnít want to use my home machine for dyeing, and put some soap and two containers of the dye in the washing machine. If I wanted a darker background I would have used more dye. When the wash was done I had a useful background. The fabric was $4.99 a yard, $20.00, and the Rit dye was $ 1.38 or about $2.75 for two.
Of course, I also had to drop some quarters in the washing machine. The fabric I used is bleached muslin and the dye color is taupe.
I hung the fabric to dry in my studio. This reduces wrinkles.
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, John H. Siskin
In addition, he teaches studio lighting black and white photography at Los Angeles Mission College. His studio is in Reseda California and more of his work can be seen at www.siskinphoto.com
His work has been part of many exhibits. His photographs have been shown at the Brand Library, 2nd City Art Gallery, Haroldís Gallery, Farmani Gallery, and The Atelier. He has been a participant in the Valley Studio Tour several times.
John has published quite a number of technical articles about photography. His articles have appeared in Photo Techniques, View Camera, Studio Photography and others. He has written about photographic lighting, building lenses, framing, photographic lab work, building cameras, as well as some more speculative photographic subjects. Since he is so well versed in photographic subjects, he is often hired as a consultant by businesses.