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Wallpaper Print and Design

Wallpaper Print and Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Faye McNulty


This Wallpaper print and design course will lead you through the process of designing patterns for print, deciding upon the right materials and creating repeat patterns on your wallpaper samples to take home with you.

You'll learn that in some ways it's easier to learn screen printing techniques on paper rather than printing on to fabrics.

Inspired by Modernist geometrics and the current trend for African-inspired patterns, your tutor will lead you through the process of creating a repeat geometric print. 

You'll start by creating a moodboard as you learn how to accomplish screen printing using screen exposures and the art of colour mixing. You'll also receive tips on sourcing wallpaper materials responsibly.

Topics Covered

  • Create a repeating artwork using a jogline, screen reclamation
  • Coat and expose screens, colour mix inks from references
  • Test print from screens
  • Print effects demonstration
  • Set up repeat stops
  • Learn how to print a length of wallpaper without a repeat bar

Course Outcomes
You'll leave with several samples and at least one two-metre length of printed wallpaper. 

Who Should Attend

Amateurs and designers who want to learn about basic screen printing on to wallpaper. It may be particularly helpful for interior designers who want to understand image or pattern placement in a room.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Faye McNulty is a freelance printmaker and textile designer. She has worked with innovative textile design centers –including the Textile Futures Research Centre and the London Printworks Trust.  She has also provided technical support to award-winning designer Linda Florence for the past seven years on hand printed wallpapers and on projects featured at Kaunas Textiles Biennial and the V&A Museum.

She has printed and consulted for internationally renowned artists, cultural institutions and fashion designers such as Yinka Shonibare , Sonia Boyce , Preen, Nicolas Kirkwood and The Foundling Museum. She has previously designed and taught courses at London Printworks Trust in a range of print techniques including mentoring the Surface Bursary residency. Currently Faye is selling designs internationally and developing new interior products under her own name.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Patterns or inspiring visual references

  • A working sketchbook / images if your ideas

  • Colour references (magazines, objects, swatches, pantone references)

  • Marker pens

  • Mixing pots

  • An apron

Optional Materials:

  • Sample pots of emulsion paint

  • Different coloured papers, A3 or larger

  • Tipex pen

As part of your research you may wish to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates