How to Hang Anaglypta

Updated February 21, 2017

Anaglypta wallpaper is a paintable wallpaper with an embossed raised design. The paper is often hung on ceiling to mimic antique tin ceilings yet a wide variety of designs are available. First used in Europe in the late 1800s, anaglypta is paper-based and relatively easy to hang. Installation of anaglypta on walls as well as using it as a base for decorative paint treatments is common. Due to the raised relief pattern and thickness of the paper, anaglypta is often ideal to cover wall damage.

Measure out the area in where the wallpaper will be installed. Always order 10 per cent extra to account for mistakes.

Apply a wallpaper primer. The primer will allow easier removal of the paper in the future. The primer can be rolled on. One gallon of primer will cover 400 square feet.

Unroll the wall paper in sections. Cut the proper amount for the length of the wall, or area to be covered. Use a straight edge and razor blade for precise angles and cuts.

Roll clay based adhesive onto the back of the wallpaper. Bookend, or fold the paper together allowing the glue to soak into the paper. Lay aside for 10 minutes prior to hanging.

Prepare the anaglypta to hang. Align the paper to the first straight edge and smooth down. Use a clean brush to disperse the glue evenly underneath. Make sure to not press down hard, as the embossed paper can be ruined from too much pressure. Make sure to rid the paper of any air pockets or bubbles.

Match up all seams evenly, as well as pattern designs. Do not stretch the paper. Using a damp sponge, wipe away any glue that seeps through the edges of paper. Continue the project until the area is covered. Allow 8 hours for glue to dry.

Hide visible seams by using quick drying joint compound. Lightly fill the areas, allow to dry, and sand. Repeat as necessary. This step is optional.

Paint the wallpaper. Prime with a latex primer first---tint the primer to the desired wall colour to decrease coats of paints. Darker paint colours will need several layers. A final coat of paint can finish the project, or decorative paint treatments such as colour washing or plaster work can be added.

Things You'll Need

  • Anaglypta paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Razor blade
  • Straight edge
  • Soft cutting mat
  • Portable work table or station
  • Plastic
  • Wallpaper primer
  • Rollers and roller frame
  • Paint tray
  • Brushes
  • Sponges
  • Quick drying joint compound
  • Sandpaper, fine grade
  • Putty knife
  • Tinted primer
  • Clay-based adhesive


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About the Author

Julie Hampton has worked as a professional freelance writer since 1999 for various newspapers and websites including "The Florida Sun" and "Pensacola News Journal." She served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic and nurse for over six years and recently worked as the Community Relations Director for a health center. Hampton studied journalism and communications at the University of West Florida.