You can use marbleized paper as artwork, or you can scan your design and send it to a print center to be printed on canvas. Or upload the design to a service such as Spoonflower (spoonflower.com) to get your custom design printed on fabric.
Two shallow glass or aluminum pans at least 2 inches larger than your paper (do not use plastic)
Alum (find it in the spice aisle at the grocery store)
Blank paper (thick, uncoated paper works best)
Acrylic paint in at least two colors
Gather materials. In one pan add water, 1 cup at a time, to a depth of 2 inches. Mix in 1 tablespoon of alum per 1 cup of water.
Submerge paper in the alum solution. (Alternatively, you can use a paintbrush or sponge to paint the alum mixture onto your paper.) Rinse lightly and let dry. Use an iron on the lowest heat setting to remove wrinkles from the paper.
Use water to dilute the acrylic paint by 50 percent. Repeat this process for all of your colors. Tip: Remove half of the paint from a paint squeeze bottle and replace it with water. This makes it easy to apply the paint in the next steps.
In a separate pan add at least 2 inches of liquid starch. Test the weight of the paint by squeezing a tiny drop of diluted paint into the starch. If it sinks, dilute the paint further. If it floats, proceed to Step 5.
Squeeze diluted paint in a swirly, random pattern onto the surface of the starch.
Gently place paper on the paint for 8-10 seconds. Carefully lift the paper by one edge from the water. If desired, use tweezers. Try not to shift the paper or remove it quickly as the pattern could smear.
-Stenciling your walls adds color, pattern and personality. We'll show you how to stencil like a pro. You'll need a drop cloth, painter's tape, interior latex paint, a stencil, stencil spray adhesive, a level, paper plates, paper towels, stenciling brushes and a small foam roller. Lightly spray the back of the stencil with stencil spray adhesive. Add tape to the top edge. When it's tacky, press the stencil on to the wall. Paint adheres best to walls painted with a flat base. Start your stencil pattern at the top center of the wall. Check with the level and apply painter's tape along in the edges. For larger stencil patterns, lightly coat a roller with paint. Blot on the paper towel. And then, roll paint under the stencil applying light to medium pressure. To continue the pattern, map subsequent stencils with the painted pattern. To finish edges, hold the stencil along in the corners and trim and fill in with paint. Now, you know how to stencil a beautiful wall to accent any room.