cutting mat backdrops for pics and vids

Wave Man

Pyromaniac
Joined
Jun 22, 2011
Messages
1,972
Reaction score
409
Location
Brisbane, QLD
Probably old news but I have gotten onto these cutting mats (they come in various sizes and colours) that I am finding very good as backdrops for both videos and now for pics. Can be bought off Ebay or from the $2 shops (I get mine from the local $2 shops), prices seems to be about the same from both sources.

Costing seems reasonable as the bigger one (just bought a 57x42 for $21 which I am using now for my back drop for my videos, and it is working out really well as it fits the whole frame without too much zooming in, allowing me a lot more room to work with fixed blades.

They have grid pattern on them so people can get a sizing reference from them as an added bonus.

I am using the smaller one as a backdrop for pics now, though I will be changing it up between several that I have now.

the smaller cutting mat I have now



 
Last edited:

Randall

John McDouall Stuart
Joined
Jan 9, 2019
Messages
618
Reaction score
419
Do you think they'd go OK as a portable packable cutting mat? Pack away for camping meal preparation? Looks like they could be cut to whatever size is needed. I reckon 10cm x 20cm would work.
 

Chigger

Les Hiddins
Joined
Apr 4, 2018
Messages
242
Reaction score
98
Looks cool and the grid pattern would be handy to get an idea of size. For backdrops I just use towels, a cane fence, whatever.

Depends on what I photograph and the colouring.
 

Thrud

Richard Proenneke
Joined
Mar 9, 2013
Messages
2,112
Reaction score
342
Location
Perth, WA
Do you think they'd go OK as a portable packable cutting mat? Pack away for camping meal preparation? Looks like they could be cut to whatever size is needed. I reckon 10cm x 20cm would work.
Can you cut a cutting mat?

Only kidding, sound like a very good idea.
 

Wave Man

Pyromaniac
Joined
Jun 22, 2011
Messages
1,972
Reaction score
409
Location
Brisbane, QLD
Do you think they'd go OK as a portable packable cutting mat? Pack away for camping meal preparation? Looks like they could be cut to whatever size is needed. I reckon 10cm x 20cm would work.
I'm not sure if they would be food safe, they are used for sewing and hobbyists usually. I am sure you can get the smaller sizes.
 

Mozzie

Richard Proenneke
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 26, 2012
Messages
1,580
Reaction score
166
Location
Wollongong NSW
yes i have them as well, my large one covers a whole work table,
cost me a bomb 20 years ago from an art supplies store ...
still going strong, dang hard to destroy, have several small ones as well.

only way i have cut them is with a good set of tin snips.
 

Mozzie

Richard Proenneke
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 26, 2012
Messages
1,580
Reaction score
166
Location
Wollongong NSW
Do you think they'd go OK as a portable packable cutting mat? Pack away for camping meal preparation? Looks like they could be cut to whatever size is needed. I reckon 10cm x 20cm would work.
I reckon they be food safe, as long as you purchase a brand new and then
ONLY use it for food and every know and then give it a good soak in vinegar.

dont think it would be any different to kitchen cutting boards, mind you, you can get some small light kitchen boards
 

Wave Man

Pyromaniac
Joined
Jun 22, 2011
Messages
1,972
Reaction score
409
Location
Brisbane, QLD
I really like my big cutting mat I just bought for my vid backdrop, fits my vid style well and I don't have to zoom out too much allowing me more room to work, especially when working with larger fixed blades, axes , spears and other such unusual bladeware, which I am trying to branch out into to keep my content fresh and my audience engaged.
Also as I said above the grid pattern gives a reference point for people to see sizing. The cutting mats give me a lot of advantages and are definitely worth the investment. One last point, they offer a little cushioning if you do inadvertently drop a knife, so you might not accidently dint or damage the knife, as some of mine are now reasonably expensive knives and I want to try not to scuff them up if I can avoid it.
 

Randall

John McDouall Stuart
Joined
Jan 9, 2019
Messages
618
Reaction score
419
Yes, it's the first thing I look at in knife reviews - I count the squares to get the blade length. I prefer smaller knives, so if the blade is too long I stop watching the review. No offence to the reviewers, just not my area of interest.
 
Top