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DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

Are you starting food photography on a budget? Try making this easy 3 step textured DIY food photography backdrop.

Hey friends,

As a beginner at food photography, I found a lot of the props and tools the pros recommended to be highly expensive.

That’s why I created my food photography backdrop with items I had around the house.

Materials for DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

  • wooden board
  • paint
  • texture agent (like non-toxic putty)
  • paint knife
  • paint brush

Directions for DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

  1. Apply texture agent on the board using paint knife.
  2. When texture agent dries, apply paint using the brush.
  3. Wait for paint to dry and your backdrop is ready to style.

I haven’t tried this but, if you are using two paints:

You can add a darker paint before you apply the texture agent to create depth.

But you can also add a darker paint after the texture agent and then the lighter paint.

Tips for creating a DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

Don’t skip on texture!

Create texture by adding a non-toxic texture agent like wall putty. Texture and detail improve your photos drastically.

Don’t know what color to pick?

I recommend an all white backdrop.

An all white backdrop allows you to increase your image’s saturation and exposure without having to worry about the background colors.

It can also highlight your food as the sole focus of the image.

From personal experience, clean white photos have more interactions and views on social media.

Here’s another photo with Cottage Core Craft | Easy Hanging Flower Bouquet.

A white backdrop allows one to increase the saturation of the flowers without compromising the background.



Genius Note-taking Strategies You Need Right Now

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5 Genius Ways to Take Notes

  1. organize your notes efficiently
  2. increase active recall of information
  3. Have fun doing it

Lesson #1 Textbook Notes

Textbook notes have a different approach compared to the lecture or powerpoint notes.

You have to take a huge chunk of extremely detailed information and be able to translate it into your study language which is a skill in itself.

Tip #1: Write the title, header, and date

Write the day and date.

For example, Tuesday, 8/11/20

This will help you to know when you took your notes so you can refer back to them when you are studying for an exam.

Next step is the big header: Unit: Chapter, Topic on the top of the page.

Under that are tiny headers or sub-headers.

Tip #2: Write in Q&A format

Writing in questions promotes independent thought and may prompt you to research by going deeper through Google or asking your professor.

Higher thought distinguishes successful students.

Writing questions and answers will help you to increase active recall of information.

When you go back and study these notes, look at the questions and test yourself.

Write your unanswered questions for your professor on a sticky note in the top right corner of your notes under the date.

That way, you can ask them the next day in class. Make sure to write the answers on the sticky note too.

Tip #3: Draw next to your notes (if not all over them)

Visuals and quick diagrams helps you to remember the topic better especially during recall on exams.

Draw stars and arrows to convey importance and compare different ideas.

Draw diagrams and pictures for science classes like Psychology, Anatomy, Biology, and Chemistry.

Tip #4: Write key details on the left margin

Write main ideas on the left side of the margin for easy reference.

Write key topics and summary points for when you get mentally drained from studying.

When you begin to flip through your notes, you will be able to see the main ideas on the left hand side of the page easily.

Tip #5 Use 1 color theme and highlight

Using a color theme makes your notes look aesthetic.

Besides a black-inked pen, choose 1 color for your theme.

You can use green for the header, sticky notes, and even the ink.


5 Genius Ways to Take Textbook Notes

Tip #1: Write the title, header, and date

Tip #2: Write in Q&A format

Tip #3: Draw next to your notes (if not all over them)

Tip #4: Write key details on the left margin

Tip #5 Use 1 color and highlight

How do you take notes?

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3 Quick Secrets on Starting Your Journal

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How can I start my own journal?

Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind

Natalie Goldberg ( author of Zen Living, Writing and Eating)

1. What is my goal through journaling ?

Having a purpose for your journal can lead you in the right direction and look back to see if you grew and met your goals.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is my journal for mental health, productivity, or to express my feelings in a positive and healthy way?
  • How do I express my thoughts? Do I enjoy writing them? drawing? or both?
  • Do I like to keep souvenirs from places, people, or events?

Here’s a quick reference guide on journals for creative students:

Art, health & fitness, productivity and goal setting, and personal writing are essential towards a happy and healthy mind and body. As college students you and I need to take care of our mental health because college can be an especially stressful time.

Types of journals you can start today:

1. Art Journals

Do you like to express your emotions through images?

  • art collage – a collage of photos, art, souvenirs, memorabilia, magazine and image clippings
  • sketchbook – your own drawings, paintings, sketches of people, urban sketching, lifestyle
  • nature – a collection of pressed flowers, art, drawings, dried foliage, poems, or any observations, feelings, thoughts, or studies inspired by nature.
  • travel – a collection of photos, souvenirs, drawings, sketches, thoughts, ideas, and writing about where you’ve been.

2. Health & Fitness

  • food log – keeping track of your intake and diet, water consumption, healthy recipes, dishes you’ve tried from different cultures, your own favorite recipes
  • exercise tracker- track your workout routine, weight loss plans, goals for your sport (ballet, track, martial arts etc.)
  • women’s health – period tracker, hormones, mood swings, feelings, fertility cycles etc.

3. Productivity

4. Personal Writing

  • personal log & feelings- a record or observation of daily events that resonated with you, interesting thoughts, ideas, goals, events, what you felt, people you met etc.
  • creative narrative- story writing, describing your own life or small moments in details, and short stories
  • poem- writing songs, haikus, writing down a moment or something that inspired you through the art of poetry.

Your journal is a reflection of yourself.

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say”


Don’t feel pressured to follow the bullet journal trend or confine yourself to a set of rules.

I personally have multiple journals that are a mix of all the above: a planner for tracking my college studies, deadlines, assignments, tests, projects as well as my social and personal life like parties, birthdays, and events. I also keep my goals, daily to-dos, and fitness plans. I have a pocket sketchbook for drawing quick sketches of people or scenes that inspire me while traveling. A bullet journal for dumping creative ideas, souvenirs, and pressed flowers and foliage. And a prayer journal for my daily life.

The most important thing about journaling is to relax and have fun!

2. Find Your Aesthetic

Finding your aesthetic may be more for creatives.

It may take some time but “find” what you like. In art, the more you practice, the more you start to develop your style.

Here are some of my favorite themes:

  • vintage theme
  • black and white
  • minimalist
  • floral
  • Brown, black, white, and gold
  • pastel
  • asian
  • glam or girly
  • travel
  • or a mix of your choice

3. Find Supplies

To me, this is the fun part.

Finding a notebook or journal that you love will make you want to write more. Here are some materials I love:

Materials ideas + recommendations

I got a lot of these from my local craft store like Michaels


Writing Supplies:


Note: you don’t have to purchase a lot of materials to journal. Just be creative with already existing papers, photos, pens, and materials.

“When it comes to art, it’s important not to hide the madness.”


How does journaling help you?

Comment down below and check out other posts on mental health here: