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, neuegallerie.org
- 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
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.
Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 2 minutes.
Shift stencil so 1 row (or column) of painted dots registers in stencil. Paint remaining dots. Let dry 2 minutes.
Repeat until wall is complete.