Create your Own Jungle Wallpaper Print

The growing trend for jungle and palm leaf style wallpaper and print just keeps gaining in popularity and it’s one that has really grabbed my attention. The earthy, leafy designs on dark, inky backgrounds are full of impact and drama and work well with the trend for metallics and copper too.

Cole and Son jungle wallpaperThis design, Palm Jungle by Cole and Son is my current favourite and whilst the look above wouldn’t be for everyone, there are lots of ways you can use this print to add some outdoor vibrancy to you home. If you take a peek at my Palm Print Pinterest board below, you’ll see I’ve gathered lots of leafy prints in all guises from wallpaper to cushions to minimal wall art. There’s a way to include this look into everyone’s home.
Follow Jen Stanbrook’s board Palm Prints on Pinterest.

I’ve been testing out a new computer at home for HP called the SPROUT – designed for creative types, it allows you to take and import images and use them with virtual tools to create designs and beyond for business and pleasure. I decided that it might be fun to try to create my own jungle, palm style print, and whilst I’m no designer it was interesting giving it a go.

Create your Own Jungle Wallpaper Print

Garden cuttings

Fatsia cuttingsI have quite a few jungle style plants in the garden, the most predominant being the Fatsia Japonica. At this time of year it has lots of new growth and even some flowers which look eery and rather prehistoric. I thought some of the remaining Magnolia flowers could work for added colour, and then a few other leaves and stalks finished the cuttings.

Sprout project setup
With my cuttings at the ready, it was time to get to work.

The SPROUT works like any other computer (this one is running Windows) but it does look quite different because of the overhead camera and interactive mat. I’ll be doing a full review on the pc later, but let’s just say it’s a dream to use, and the children have not been off it!

Sprout setting up imagesI spent a little while taking images of my garden cuttings, placing them in arrangements on the mat, and capturing an image which automatically uploads onto the software. A few didn’t work, so they were simply trashed, but it was incredibly quick and easy to make some lovely looking shots. The camera is beautiful quality, taking amazing shots. You can even set it up to take 3D images too.

Sprout jungle garden images

HP Sprout garden images

sprout imagesOnce I’d taken all the images it was a case of starting to create some kind of design.

So I began by painting in a darker background, which probably could have been darker in retrospect. It’s then really easy to swipe images down from the pc screen on to the mat, and using your fingers resize, rotate and move them around as you need to. I wanted something layered so used the glossy fatsia leaves ontop of fatsia and magnolia flowers. Images can be used mulitple times and cropped too giving you huge flexibility.

Firstly, here’s the selection of captured images I’d managed to take, which made for a really great design process.

captured images

Wallpaper designYou can see how I’ve started to layer up some of the different images to give the design some depth. It was starting to take shape, but felt a little overwhelmingly green, so I took a few more pictures and added in the leafy stalks to break up the print. Now, I’m really not a designer, but perhaps with a little more work this could be the beginnings of a brand new wallpaper print. I’d like to see it with a little more light and shade, and perhaps a different type of background. I could have sourced a pattern or print from the internet and used that as a basis for my leaf design, but it’s all a learning curve.

urban wallpaper completedOverall, I’m really pleased with what I came up with. It’s definitely not Cole and Son material, but perhaps a step in the right direction.

If you had the chance, what kind of wallpaper print would you design?

 

This post is a SPROUT by HP collaboration, thank you for supporting blog collaborators. All work, words and opinions are my own.

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21 Comments

  1. April 20, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Jen

    Fantastic step-by-step instructions on how to create your customised wall paper. I wonder if one could create wall papers using photographs?

    With your method, you can not possibly go wrong. I was thinking of using Rose Petals with a hint of lavender and Daffodils. You could really come up with lots of different wall papers – thank you for sharing it.

  2. April 20, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Oh wow, that’s got my creative juices going! Such a clever tool to use and experiment with, I love the idea of making my own wallpaper. I’m actually contemplating it for my daughters bedroom, she needs a fairly small area covering above the bed, and we want something really different and individual for it. I know who to ask now 😉

    • April 20, 2015 / 12:23 pm

      Amanda,

      Great reply. I loved your blog too and how you are transforming a property.

      What would you do differently to wall paper design. How would you design it? I was thinking of using Rose petals of different colours and throwing in a bit of lavender and daffodils for colour.

      I am learning so much about interior design and ideas that are buzzing in my head on how I can transform my own house from just magnolia to features walls with custom wall paper and so on.

    • April 20, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      Not sure I’m the person to ask, but I totally agree that the SPROUT is a cool tool for this kind of project! Ideal for interior designer and creative types

  3. April 20, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    oh that is REALLY clever isnt it…so impressed!

  4. April 20, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    Wow, what an amazing thing to be able to do! It looks like you did a pretty good job too.

  5. April 20, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I really think your onto something here the images are absolutely beautiful. The images were really dark and I think that is what’s giving them that plasticy look. You almost need indoor photography lights to capture the natural colors of the leaves and flowers. The picture you took of the Fatsia cutting is incredible, I would love to have my bedroom green and that pattern you have in the picture would make a wonderfully natural touch. I bet having your room natural and green like that gives a sense of wellbeing that lasts all through the day.

    • April 20, 2015 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks Sam. I think you’re right, it’s not a look for everyone, but would be strangely calming 🙂

  6. Penny
    April 20, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    This looks like so much fun, my kids are both doing there rooms at the moment, they used some technology at the National Video Game Arcade yesterday to create their own characters in a video game. Might be fun to experiment with children’s drawings into permanent features or patterns. Especially the more multi media pieces! Kids would no doubt have lots more uses. My parents used to have a wallpaper that was like a jungle, back in the 80s, this however, is far cooler!

    • April 20, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      There’s so much more you can do with it Penny, it’s quite astounding. The girls have been playing with some of the apps too, making music, designing cards and doing puzzles.

  7. April 20, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    this is so fun, i’d absolutely love to play with something like this!

  8. April 20, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    That’s so cool, just think of all the possibilities! I love the design you came up with and I’m totally loving the palm print trend too! x

  9. April 20, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Wow that looks amazing! I’ve seen / heard of it before! x

  10. April 20, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Oh wow how amazing is that Sprout Mat and turing images into design – love your result

    Laura x

  11. April 21, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Wow, that computer looks amazing! I love that you can use it to create photo collages like this! x

  12. April 21, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    It looks amazing! Mine would include butterflies, they are a little obsession of mine.

  13. April 22, 2015 / 11:14 am

    ah I’ve seen these before and they look really fascinating. Very interesting to see what you came up with, looks great! x

  14. Karolina
    April 25, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Amazing piece of kit! I could definitely use this in my projects. I love designing bespoke products and the Palm wallpaper is so trendy right now. It would be great to make your own version of it. Great post!

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