Genue Inc.
June 27, 2018

Design to Destination : Wallpaper

How to Create Custom Wallpaper

Wallpaper is an easy way to add pattern to your space—but have you considered where you can use it besides on your walls? A cheeky pop of color in an unexpected place adds an element of surprise to your interior, that can brighten your day whenever you happen across it! This month, we’ll be showing you how to design your own rosy floral print wallpaper to spruce up an old bookshelf. Read on to find out how!

Step 1 : How to create your pattern using Genue

Begin your pattern by picking out a color scheme. This month our design is focused on using different shades of pinks! We’ll be layering these two shades with different opacities to create a three-dimensional floral pattern, with a very light shade of pink (close to white) to use as a highlight.

So, let’s begin our design by choosing the background color. Hit the ‘color’ Color button in MyGenue app button and choose a neutral cream color of your choice—be sure to check that the ‘background color’ button at the top of the window is highlighted before exiting. This will fill your canvas with your chosen color!

Once the background is set, it’s time to start drawing the pattern. Press the ‘freehand drawing’ Freehand draw button in MyGenue app button near the top of the screen  and pick a dark shade of pink. Let’s begin by drawing some roses! Using the ‘diagonal mirror’ Diagonal mirror button in MyGenue app tool is helpful for mirroring your marks on the other side of the canvas, so that way you’ll only have to draw your roses once or twice to fill the canvas. Try drawing one rose on one side of the canvas, and watch it be mirrored!

Repeat this step by drawing another rose next to the original one, using the ‘diagonal mirror’ Diagonal mirror button in MyGenue app tool again. By the end, your canvas should have four roses in each corner, as pictured below.

Looking good so far! Now it’s time to start coloring in our roses. Choose a shade of pink lighter than your outline color, adjust your brush size accordingly using the slider at the bottom of the screen, and begin filling the roses with color.

Now let’s add some shading and dimension to our blossoms. Use the ‘color picker’ Color picker button in MyGenue app tool, available in the ‘color’ Color button in MyGenue appselection screen near the top right of the window, to return to the dark pink color we used for the outline of our roses. Once the color has been selected by tapping on a section of the canvas with that color, change the opacity to about 50-65% using the slider bar. When you’re ready, hit the checkmark at the top right of the window and begin shading your roses. Go around each petal of each rose with your brush until all petals have a low-opacity ring around them.

Next, do the same technique with the same color, but with an even lower opacity—about 15%-20%. Go around each petal and add another ring, blending the two colors together. This will make your flowers look more three-dimensional. The last step is to add a highlight. Go to the ‘color’ Color button in MyGenue app window and choose a shade as close to white as possible. Set the opacity to about 5%-10%, and add a stripe to the center of each petal. See the video below to watch the entire coloring process!

The final outcome should look something like this…

Now, we’re not done with drawing flowers just yet! Let’s add some smaller roses between the ones we already have. Choose a lighter shade of pink and draw one large rose in the middle of your canvas. Color the petals with an even lighter shade of pink, just like you did with the original four roses.

Adjust your brush size to about 8-15 pixels wide using the slider at the bottom right of the screen, and draw four more smaller roses across the design.

Color these smaller roses in with the same shade of pink, just like in the last step.

Now follow the same steps for shading the roses that we did for the first four, giving each smaller rose dimension. When you’re done, your pattern should look something like below…

We’re almost done, now! When you’re satisfied with your design, it’s time to repeat the pattern. Press the ‘pattern repeat’ Pattern Repeat button in MyGenue app button at the bottom of the screen to begin. On this screen, you can repeat your pattern as many times as you like, adjust the orientation, etc. For this project, we will be repeating the pattern 3 times. Use the slider bar to repeat the pattern until the number ‘3’ is displayed next to the plus sign at the top of the screen.

When you’re happy with your pattern, it’s time to save it! Hit the ‘Save’  button and save your pattern to ‘Final Designs’.

Step 2 : Genue Final Designs and Exporting

Select the ‘Final Design’  option on the far right.
Leave this screen and navigate to left side bar where you’ll find your saved Final Design. Select your Design and choose Export which will take you to screen below. The dimensions of the file doesn’t matter for this project, but the DPI must be 150, which you can alter accordingly on this screen. Email the file to your computer or device where you plan to order the wallpaper from, in either a TIF, JPEG, or PNG file.

Step 3 : How to Make the Wallpaper

This month we’ve selected Spoonflower to print our custom wallpaper! The ordering process is simple—Log on to their website and go to the ‘Design’ section, where you will have the choice to upload designs for wallpaper or fabric. We’ll be ordering wallpaper, so select the appropriate option and upload your design.

The preview screen will allow you to adjust the size of the repeat, the size of the pattern, etc. For paper type, we chose the peel-and-stick woven kind. As for size—measure height and width the back walls of your bookshelf to determine how much paper you need. The ‘custom roll length’ option allows you to order the exact amount of wallpaper you need for the project. When you’re ready, hit the ‘Add to cart’ button and fill in your billing and shipping information.

When your wallpaper arrives, use a ruler and measure out the dimensions of the back walls of your bookshelves, and cut out the needed rectangles accordingly. Then peel off the protective back covering of the paper, and carefully stick the wallpaper to the back of each shelf. The process should only take a few minutes, and the final product is both cute and innovative!

Enjoy your one-of-a-kind wallpaper with your Genue design!

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