pencil and paper
interior latex paint, as desired
paint rollers, for latex paint
Japanese calligraphy ink, for artwork
paint trays, as needed
1. To get started, use the handy calculator online to determine the number of
DIY self-adhesive wallpaper rolls needed. 2. For best results, apply the peel-stick paper to surfaces that have been primed and painted with an eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. Installation should go quickly since the paper is blank—no patterns to line-up. 3. For the diy/artwork, interior latex paints work just fine if a specific background color is preferred—simply paint the wallpaper the same as any other wall/surface. hint: depending on the color or shade, it may require two coats to achieve an even, blank canvas. 4. To create a composition, sketch pattern/drawing ideas on paper. Once that’s ready, and after the base coat is completely dry, lightly sketch it out on the wall with pencil—we found it’s easier to follow the pattern this way. hint: after experimenting with different paints, we found that Japanese calligraphy ink is the perfect consistency and has a really dramatic, rich color—this is what was used for the catalog shot shown. hint hint: if a specific paint color is preferred for the actual pattern or artwork—and latex or acrylic paints are chosen—it will just need to be watered down to a consistency close to milk to help brush flow. Using a latex or acrylic paint may require two or more coats to get the lines more opaque than transparent—testing on a small swatch is recommended for best results. 5. To paint the broad, black lines we used a 2” wide house painting brush. The trick to getting a nice, full, energetic loop is to not stop in the middle of a loop—even if your brush runs out of paint, it’s better to go back and do a second coat to make the lines opaque. 6. Optional: lastly, the drips were a happy accident so we let them happen naturally—then added more for dramatic effect.