Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do you rent your backdrops? 

A: I don’t currently rent out my backdrops although I have in the past. At this point it makes the most sense for me to focus my time and energy on custom orders and keeping my shop freshly stocked with mats as frequently as possible. 

Q: When did you get started creating backdrops and mats?

A: It was a dreary day in December when I stared out the window, wondering if there was more to life and then it hit me- I need to paint backdrops and styling mats! JK. Okay in all seriousness, it’s pretty cool how this business was born. Back in my Anthropologie display days I used a similar painted process to refinish walls as a part of new concept rollouts. Fast forward to Summer of 2018, a local photographer asked if I’d be able to make her a backdrop; it was an easy “yes!” because I remembered the process from previous displays. Paint has always been my favorite medium and I’ve always wanted to paint on a larger scale than just a stretched canvas. This art business of mine is making my large scale painting dreams come true & it has been so inspiring to see all of the creativity come to life in front of my work. 

Q: What material are your styling mats and backdrops made of?

A: I use cotton canvas; I like the heavier weight of the material because it’s sturdy enough to hold up to the paint and texture I use! 

Q: How often do you add styling mats to your shop?

A: Every 3-4 weeks my shop is refreshed with a new batch of styling mats, usually around 20 mats. Each one is handmade by me so they are a “small-batch” product, each one is unique. That’s what makes them so special! Recently I announced that I’m taking a break from custom mat orders; I am planning on making these batches larger, aiming for 30-35 mats per batch!

Q: Do you offer any ready-to-buy backdrops?

A: This upcoming month (June 13th at 4pm to be exact!) will be the first time that I’m offering a small collection of backdrops available to buy in my shop. They will be 4’ x 5’ size, made with my florist friends in mind but open to whoever desires them! This size is perfect for capturing floral arrangements, details, or waist up portraits shots!

Q: Do you take custom styling mat orders?

A: I’m not currently taking custom mat orders but I am using that time to work on making my batches larger every 3-4 weeks. Next batch will hit my shop Thursday, June 13th at 4pm. I recommend setting an alarm on your phone, the last couple batches went much faster than I anticipated! 


Q: What is your turnaround time?

A: Typical turnaround time is about 3-4 weeks for custom backdrop orders!

Q: How do I get more info on the backdrop process and pricing?

A: You can check out my backdrop page here on my site for a little more info about the ordering process. For pricing info please email me at jess@jrdartshop.com, I’d love to hear from you!