Stage Designs

Grunge Paint

Derek Studt from Generations Christian Church in Trinity, Florida brings us his rendition of Camron Ware’s Texturesized stage design.

To set his version of the design apart, he added some box truss between the painted strips of Weed Block. He also added a sheet in front of the piano stand to camouflage it into the rest of the set. Cool!

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18 responses to “Grunge Paint”

  1. brandon says:

    Looks fantastic! What brand of weed block did you use? I bought some one time and the brand “weedblock” was engraved all in it like brickwork.

  2. Joel says:

    this looks awesome Derek! May be a stupid question, but can you describe your technique for painting? I have an idea how you did it, but just curious. I love how it came out.

  3. Lance Tucker says:

    Very nice. Any details on the overall lighting set up?

  4. Averyon says:

    This is fantastic!

    A lot of folks would have just done the weed block and left it as that. The truss makes it look so much more uniform and really brings the whole thing together.

    Congrats on an awesome job.

  5. Jay says:

    What kind and color of paint did you use? White?

  6. Ryan Spencer says:

    Yes, more details please!

  7. Kyle Uptergrove says:

    We used this same design this past fall at our church and loved the results as well. We bought the cheapest 5 Gallon bucket of white flat paint and, to try something different, bought a cheap broom and used it as our brush. We experimented between brushing directly on the weed block to holding about foot or so high and let it drizzle over the material, fun and cool results. Great set to experiment and create a unique look for you congregation. I will caution you not lay your material on gravel, but rather use a grassy surface hidden away from view. Weigh it down well with cinder blocks to keep wind and brushing pressure from moving it as well.

  8. Derek Studt says:

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! I’m really sorry for the late reply. I’ve been in the craziness of preparing to move from FL to OH.

    The weed block cloth we used was purchased at Home Depot. I can’t remember the exact brand, but I do know that it was 48″ wide and I believe it was a 100′ roll. The cost was approx $50 per roll. I’ll try to hunt down the exact brand and post that soon.

    The paint we used was just flat white paint and also gray primer…really just leftovers from other projects in the past. You could see the 2 tone much better in the room than what shows up in the pictures.

    The technique was a mixture of using a cheap straw broom and drizzling the paint in a cup and letting it drip off of the broom. We painted them outside in the grass. A happy accident was that while we were painting them, a storm was getting ready to roll in. This forced us to move much more quickly, and caused us to hang them on stage while the paint was still wet rather than letting them dry on the ground. This created a really great drip effect.

    Like Kyle said, we also weighed them down so the weed block didn’t blow away with the breeze.

    For lighting, we used 12 Ocean Optics Seachanger Profiles to light the paint splatter. The truss was warmed with a mixture of Elation TriBricks and Color Kinetics ColoBlast 12s.

    Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any other questions.


    • Abby / The 6th Beatle says:

      Hey Derek that really pops dude. Have you ever heard of
      {Cambric Cloth} It is the fabric on the bottom of furniture. I use the cambic for all staging backdrops and i purchase it from a little upholstery shop here in the FL panhandle and it is a lot less bucks and better quality. I project light from the rear and from the front, you get a debth that way. Had huge Lava Lamps airbrushed on cambric cloth for L & R stage 22 ft x 8 ft lit them up and put a fan on low speed at bottom of cloth, the lava then had the optic illusion like it was moving.
      In closing, call around to upholsterers for cambric if you want to check it out, you’ll find one guy that will sell you a huge roll of the stuff.
      Again very cool stage. Peace.

  9. Derek Studt says:

    Forget to mention there a bunch more pics on my tumblr blog…

  10. Serene says:

    what a great effect!

  11. Steven Hall says:


    This looks awesome. A really cool set idea. It’s wonderfully lit too. There is awesome contrast and dynamics. I would love to use it some day. Thanks for building the kingdom with your wonderful artistry.


  12. Regginald Searles says:

    This awesome!! I wonder how it would look with neon colors?

    • Jonathan Malm says:

      that would be a great option. of course lighting could accomplish that…but neon glow in the dark would be cool too

  13. Cintia says:

    Wow, very beautiful.

  14. Bob Staghorn says:

    How did you light the actual weedblock? Was it from behind or in front? What kind of lighting did you use for it?

  15. How did you secure your truss to keep it vertical? Did you have bases and secure them at the top as well? Just looking for what we need to purchase. Love the look, thanks for the idea.
    Thanks guys,

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