DIY Cowtan & Tout Bamboo graphic pattern
As promised in my last post (click HERE if you missed the entire makeover reveal) I was going to show you how I made the DIY Cowtan & Tout Bamboo graphic pattern used in the back of my desk/bar makeover. It is missing the bamboo look but the pattern is very similar.
Hey, to get a little sidetracked here, I forgot to tell you that the round wine bottle (called Bocksbeutel in Germany and thank you Katrin for reminding me) is my dad’s wine. Him and his buddies have a little hobby and that is making wine. It’s really good. And my childhood art teacher (click HERE to see his work as an artist) who is also their neighbor and friend drew the label for the bottles. Isn’t it cool?
Let’s get back to the Cowtan & Tout Bamboo “wallpaper”…
Hmm, I cheated it’s not wallpaper…and I know some of you guessed correct. You just know me too well already. It’s a pattern drawn again with a sharpie! There was that certain Sharpie look that gave it away, wasn’t there?
Let me explain what I did:
- I recreated the pattern in Illustrator and printed out several sheets.
- Then I taped the papers together to create one large piece of pattern.
- I removed the piece of wood form the back of the shelf, painted it white and placed my paper with the pattern on it.
- Then I used transfer paper under the pattern print-out and traced the pattern.
- After that all I had to do is follow along the traced lines with my gold Sharpie and a ruler.
- At the end I sealed everything with a clear Satin spray.
It took a pretty long time but I think it was worth it. Don’t you agree?
And just because I wanted to share the goodies with you, I decided to have a FREE printable for you. My blog has been growing and I wanted to show you guys how much I appreciate all of you who read along.
So if you want to make something with this pattern, all you have to do is click HERE (I hope it works, let me know if it doesn’t) for your free download of the pattern (don’t forget to overlap and tape the print outs together). Just please give me a shout out on your blog if you create something with it and pass along where you got the idea from, ok? That would be so appreciated.
(If you are interested in seeing some more of my gold sharpie projects then you can click HERE for my gold sharpie walls or HERE for my gold sharpie bookends.)
I wish all of you a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to stop in again on Monday.
That’s such a neat story about the wine, and I love the way you created the wallpaper look!
Ahhh thanks so much for the free printable! So sweet of you. It turned out so wonderfully, I’m seriously impressed. And I’m glad you mentioned the wine. Such a nice story.
i am totally impressed by your patience…. WOW! and that wine bottle is so cool and special- love it!
Isn’t it, I think it’s special too.
Not only are you CRAZY talented and creative, but just as sweet! Thanks for the download. That wine bottle and illustration are so cool! Have fun!
Thank you so much for the kind words Pam!
transfer paper for the win! I really need to get some as I think it will come in handy for multiple projects. Your desk looks so amazing….I am still in love with it.
This is such a cool idea! Maybe not a time saver but a money saver! I never would have known it wasn’t wall paper! Amazing!
No, not really a time save 😉 and thanks!
LOL, I’m a wino! And Thanks I will.
I love the wallpaper pattern, and of course the wine and label. AND I love your black rotary phone! Does it work?
Thank you for the free pattern too.
The pattern is beautiful Julia! 🙂 It was worth it all the time you spent preparing this; I didn’t realize it was with a Sharpie! you are patient and very creative! Hope you are having a great weekend!
Very good info. Lucky me I discovered your website by chance (stumbleupon).
I have saved it for later!
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Smart woman! I love this look and was wondering what your trick was! I kept thinking projector, but I figured it was something even better! 😉 Great job! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble
Wow Julia, das sieht super aus!;)
Ich sags immer wieder, was ein wenig (weiße) Farbe ausmachen kann!;))
Keine Sorge, ich denke der andere Blog wird nur erst mal so ein Wochenend ding!
Hugs and love
I want to use the same technique on a ceiling. Will the sharpies work upside down? Did you use more than 1 marker for your whole project?
Not sure if it works upside down because the color can’t flow into the pen tip. I used about 2 sharpies for this.