3D Chromadepth Pictures

Create 3D chromadepth pictures using fluorescent and some neon paints. Under black lights and using crayola 3D glasses, pictures appear to be popping out from the wall or up from the floor. If you have some 3D glasses, put them on and look at the pictures below.


To keep costs down, I paint on lumber wrap, but it can't be folded because the paint will flake off. When moving the picture from where it is painted to where it will be put up, I carefully roll it around a carpet tube.

The first year I did the 3D chromadepth pictures, I used lumber wrap for the floor and walking on it ruined it pretty quick. For a more durable picture, like for the floor, I now use rolls of tar paper. It withstands being walked on, and is fairly inexpensive.

I start with black lumber wrap or tar paper and draw out my design with chalk. I then paint the base, with white latex paint, leaving a small black outline between where the change in colors will be, and for shading.

Red and orange stand out the most. Blue and purple recede into the background. The order of the colors from foreground to background
are, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, blue. You must use fluorescent paint. Some neon paints will also work, but regular paint won’t.

To view the 3D chromadepth pictures properly you need to use chromadepth glasses. Adding black lights, make the pictures look even better. The 3D glasses from the movie theatre won’t work. Crayola glasses work well. I ordered cardboard ones that you just hold up to your eyes. They were a good price on ebay. I like them the best because they don’t interfere with Halloween costumes too much.


When doing 3D chromadepth pictures that required a lot of the blue background, I was able to cut down on cost by mixing white latex paint
with Rit Whitener. The Rit glows blue and is much cheaper than buying the fluorescent paint. Tide liquid detergent also glows. If you use this, be careful not to mix too much tide in with the paint or it takes a long time to dry, or may remain sticky.

To paint some large areas, I have started using cans of spray paint. They are available in fluorescent orange, green, yellow and pink. For smaller areas, I use small bottles of craft paint, diluted down and sprayed on using an airbrush. Using an airbrush and cheap craft paint requires usually about four coats, so it can be a slow process.

There always seem to be trade offs, depending on which method and materials you choose to use. Keeping costs down seems to cost you more time. Lumber wrap is free, but you have to be really careful handling it, or the paint will flake off of it. Use spray cans to paint and you have to put up with the fumes. Buying better paint, saves time, but costs more money. Sometimes, using a combination of methods and materials works the best.

Thanks to Terra at Haunt forum for the great tutorials.

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