DIY version of The Wallpaper…

00WALLPAPER_VECTORI’ve been planning to paint my writing room / office / studio 221B style for months now, but RL always got in the way with serious progress. Not anymore!

The first thing I did was draw myself decent vector graphics of the wallpaper pattern (.cdr, but could be converted to a number of file formats) that actually work when tiled. If anyone’s interested, just send a note!

wallpaper_wall01I painted the wall a mixture of very light beige, with just a hint of green, and a good dollop of gold pigments. Actually, I did this, with the help of a friend, many weeks ago. In the picture you see the first, lowest, portion of the wall prepared for spraying.

It took me quite a long time to cut the stencil from 1.5 mm cardboard, and since I aimed for accuracy, there was no way I would leave fillets (I hope it is the correct technical term) to stabilise the, in places, very delicate ornaments. This is what I finally got:

wallpaper_stencil01The cardboard appears slightly discoloured where I saturated the raw edges, which tend to splice, with a solution of casein glue and water; the rest of the stencil should be sufficiently impregnated by the spray paint.

As for the spray paint, I decided on Molotow’s Street-Art Color, black red. You can see its cap at the bottom edge of the second picture…

All right, let’s see how this works!

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61 thoughts on “DIY version of The Wallpaper…”

    1. Oh my! I’m sorry, I didn’t see this before!!
      I AM willing to share, though I can’t send you the file right now, as I’m currently at work… Later!
      What kind of cutter is that you have?!

      Best regards,
      elenthari

      1. Odd, I never saw your reply to this (bad me or bad gmail!) but I did get notification of other replies to this post! I am still interested if you are willing to send!

        Absintherevenant AT gmail dot com

        I have a silhouette cameo πŸ™‚

    2. OMG!! I love it!!, Can i have this file?, I’m fan of Sherlock and I want to try it in my wall. My email is memailme9@gmail.com. Thank you so much, it is an amazing idea.

      P.D: I’m from Spain and I don’t know a lot of english, so I’m sorry if something is wrong.

  1. That’s so awesome! I happened to stumble upon your post while searching for BBC Sherlock wallpaper πŸ™‚ If you still have the file and are still willing to share, I’d love to have a copy as well πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! Thanks for letting me know someone’s still reading this πŸ˜‰ Makes me think I should really finish my wall, as well…. Hm.
      Oh, I’ll send you the file when I’m back home!!

      1. Hehe! You’re welcome πŸ™‚ you should finish the wall, it’ll look great! But I totally understand about RL getting in the way :/

  2. Hello! I’d love to have the vector of this file! I’m going to see if I can have it printed on wallpaper for my boyfriend and my bedroom in our new house!

    Regards!

      1. Oh, sorry! I thought the mail I gave when commenting was visible:) my mail is girlwithnobrain at gmail.com. Thank you so much!

  3. Hey this is so damn cool. This is great work. I’ve been looking for a stencil like this for MONTH! Care to share? tournesol(at)fantasymail(dot)de
    This is such a great work, kudos and many thanks!
    I can’t express how much I appreciate this. Please do not take me for rude. I am not a native speaker. I found this via Pinterest.

    1. I am sorry, but I did not receive anything until now and I suspect there was an error. Actually there is no hyphen in the address. I do not know why it is above, I didn’t put it in. So, I most politely ask you to send it again? Thank you so much!

  4. Amazing piece of work. Can I have a copy of the stencil? My email address is natashalgu(at)gmail(dot)com. I’ll send pictures of what I do with it =)

  5. This is a lifesaver!!! I love the fact that you are so detail oriented! Wuld you care to share the stencil with me as well? Sleepless(at)wp(dot)pl I would love you forever!!:D

  6. I would love the stencil! I was just looking at the cameo at Joanns today. Thank you for making it available! seed_pearls(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. This is so great! Could you please share this with me at my email theg01densnitch98(at)gmail(dot)com? I’m planning on making a stencil out of it to paint a cement parking space πŸ™‚

  8. You’re such a nice person!
    Are you still sharing the file?
    My wife and I just got an apartment and I’ve been looking for this like crazy.
    If you’re willing, you can send it to ryoshiun(at)gmail(dot)com.
    Many thanks!

  9. Great idea! I spent a lot of time looking for the wallpaper although I don’t really like wallpaper. My daughter is a huge Sherlock fan and I would love to actually paint this on her walls. If you are still sharing the file I would love it. My email is: tessicinia@yahoo.com
    Thank you and beautiful work!

  10. Allow me to add my voice to chorus of fans requesting your wonderful vector file. I am kathleen at fief dot org. Thank you so much!

  11. Sorry, did you try to send it yet? It’s kathleen (AT) fief (DOT) org. I’m going to make a temporary wall as decoration for a party. πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing!

  12. Hello!
    First of all, I would like to say that your blog is fantastic! I wish I was as talented!
    I see that you are sharing the file with other people and I was wondering if you could send it to me too? 🙊
    I’ll be forever grateful to you! 💕

  13. This looks so awesome! I would love to have the file to decorate my living room. Thanks so much in advance
    Nadja_schaefer(at)freenet.de

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