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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2008


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

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

  4. Repeat until wall is complete.

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