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!


68 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,

      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 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!


      1. Oh, sorry! I thought the mail I gave when commenting was visible:) my mail is girlwithnobrain at 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:
    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

  14. I thought I commented before so I apologize if I’ve posted twice.

    I have been searching for something like this for a long time and what you’ve made is perfect! If possible, could you send me the file?

    Thank you so much .

  15. This is the most detailed version of the wallpaper I have seen. Kudos! I
    have been looking for something like this to decorate my curtains. If you are still willing to share please send a vector file to tdbell at live dot com

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