View Full Version : Use of old wallpaper

09-08-2014, 10:11 PM
I have searched for information that would indicate whether or not old wallpaper could be used instead of 140 lb watercolor,acrylic paper.
If its a bad idea why what happens and if it has been done what were the results?
just seems like an opportunity to use some interesting background, textures.

09-09-2014, 12:01 AM
I'd like to know about this also.

09-09-2014, 12:39 AM
A couple of heads-up things.
Some paper may be pre-sized or had water-soluble paste on the wall side.
And check to make certain that acrylic will stick to the paper.
Odds are that the stuff probably isn't archival but if that's no concern, why not use it?

09-09-2014, 07:38 AM
Some wallpaper may have a plastic coating to protect the surface. That my interfere with the adhesion of paint. If you can find scraps of a hand screened paper that would be ideal. The paper quality is better, the pattern is screened, generally with acrylics and I think it might be a better option. I would suggest laminating the paper onto a rigid substrate before painting.

09-09-2014, 08:52 AM
Thanks sounds like its probably more work than its worth haha. If I do find the right stuff will try and post

Charlie's Mum
09-09-2014, 09:16 AM
BUT, if it's not pre-pasted there's no reason you can't use it for practice! :)