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Stenciled Botanical-Print Wallpaper

There's no need to start with a blank canvas. Metallic dots stenciled onto a botanical wallpaper result in a striking union of abstract and figurative aesthetics. The bold frieze guarantees the setting will be anything but staid -- perfect, one might say, for tea with the Bloomsbury group.


Tip: We mixed equal amounts of metallic ivory paint and matte medium for additional transparency. Depending on the wallpaper, you may want to use a different proportion. When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette.

Sources: 11-by-17-inch Joseph Hoffmann-designed dot portfolio,


  • Wallpapered wall
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Palette knife
  • 5 to 7 ounces acrylic paint in metallic ivory
  • Matte medium
  • Dot stencil
  • Drafting tape
  • Natural sea sponge


  1. Step 1

    Prepare palette: Mix paint and matte medium to desired transparency. Position dot stencil in a corner of wall or along a strip of molding; secure with drafting tape if desired.

  2. Step 2


    Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 2 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Shift stencil so 1 row (or column) of painted dots registers in stencil. Paint remaining dots. Let dry 2 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat until wall is complete.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

Reviews (1)

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    What is this wallpaper pattern called, and where can one get it?? It's not listed in the Sources in the magazine or online, and it's driving me nuts!!