DIY Animal Print Bookcase Background

6 Materials
3 Hours

A couple years ago, I painted my fireplace and built-ins white. I love color and patterns and prints, but I cannot commit to them longer than a couple months. My likes and favorites change with every season it seems. I love how people change the inside color of bookcases, it's adds character and depth to a room. So I set out to create something temporary that would damage my built-ins.

I love animal prints (I think they act as a neutral), but since I wanted to do this cheap, I was going to have to create it from scratch. I bought some stiff display board at the art store and they were able to cut it down to the exact sizes I needed to fit the back of my bookcase.

If you'd like to read the full original post, you can read it here.

I bought a small piece of Speedball from an art shop, and found my Exacto-Knives.

I used a regular pencil and drew out the shapes of "animals spots".

I cut out the shapes with my Exacto-Knife. Perfection is not the goal, and as long as you get a smooth cut on one side, you're good.

I got some hair-brained idea stick plastic forks in the stamps to use use a handle. It worked great! I could pour out some black acrylic paint onto a styrofoam plate and dab the animal spot stamp into a thin layer of paint to coat the bottom of the animal spot. Now I was ready to stamp!

Make sure to rotate stamps and mix up the order you use them. Random is key! Let the boards dry and then they're done!

The boards stayed in place mostly by themselves. For some I used a little painters tape to hold it in place.

Click on over to my original blog post to see how it all looks!

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3 questions
  • C
    on Nov 27, 2018

    so you made stamps?

    • Shirley
      on Jun 9, 2020

      She cut them from the Speedball carving block, then stuck plastic forks in the backs for handles. It's a new product to me.

  • Trish F
    on Dec 13, 2018

    Do you have a picture of the finished project? If so please share.

    • Trish F
      on Jun 13, 2020

      Gale O'Neal - not only that but had I wanted to go the blog I would have done that 1.5 years ago when I originally asked the question.

  • Vickie Hartlaub
    on Jun 9, 2020

    what is speedball? looks like clay?

    • Ellen
      on Jun 9, 2020

      Please ignore the sorry section above. the original came out in about 22 font size!

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