HOW TO MAKE AN ACRYLIC WEDDING STYLING BOARD

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9/10/17

styling bridal details how to Carrie McGuire photography Temecula wedding photography

Some would say I am slightly obsessed with details! Let’s face it, I live in a house full of boys so I am always dying to shoot all the pretty’s on the wedding day. I spend countless hours looking at details on Pinterest, and then, even more, hours with a few details of my own at home figuring out what I liked and how to shoot it in a way that really showcased all the pretty things brides bring on their wedding day. I do have to say it starts with EDUCATING them well before the wedding. I always emphasize the importance of bringing details and even link them to this post “5 things brides forget on a wedding day”. I can’t tell you how much this has helped!

After being slightly bored with my old standby linen styling board, I decided that I wanted to create something with a bit more texture. I did a little research, asked my artist friend for a few ideas, and here you have it! This is my first one and I have to say I am in LOVE with it! I plan on making a soft pink one when I have some free time. I always welcome comments and questions, so feel free to give your input!

acrylic paints on a style board Carrie McGuire photography Temecula wedding photography

There is no right or wrong way to do this! I even had my 6-year-old help me! The pattern is really up to you!

acrylic paints on a style board with tools Carrie McGuire photography Temecula wedding photography

For this pattern, I used the small tool. It came in a pack of 4 different ones. I liked this one the best

 

STEP ONE- WHAT TO BUY

Purchase a pack of 3 blank canvases. size 18×24 ( This size is PERFECT)
canvas board Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography
Pick out your acrylic paints. Any colors will work! Make sure you get white so you can adjust the strength of your main color. The softer tones might require 2 whites.
Acrylic paints Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography
Get a rubber spreading tool. This will be the way you will want to apply it first in a large amount.

Purchase a pack of Acrylic knives.
paint tools Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography

 

You will need texture! This item is not pictured here but it what will give your board the lovely texture you see above

modeling paste Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography

 

STEP 2- HOW TO APPLY

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  1. Mix a dime-sized amount of your main color with about 3 Tablespoons of white.
  2. 5-6 Tablespoons of texture.
  3. Mix together in a small bowl.
  4. Apply the mixture in small batches with your spatula. Be sure to work a little quickly as it does start to harden fast.
  5. Use your texture knife to make the pattern you wish.
  6. Let dry for 1-2 hours.

Enjoy your new style board!!

Check out my similar post on how to Nail the ring shot HERE

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bridal details on a style board Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography

Cutest wedding flats ever!

wedding shoes and invitations on style board Carrie McGuire Photography Temecula Wedding Photography Ponte Inn and Winery

 

  1. Sasha Wasio

    September 11th, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    WOW! Carrie, I love this idea. Thank you for sharing! Definitely something Yaneck and I will try to make 🙂 You never seize to amaze us!

  2. Katelyn McCullough

    September 11th, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Love this! So easy and makes such a huge difference! Such a styling fiend 😉

    xo

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