Clare Bosanquet was at a market in Romania when she stumbled upon a special type of paint roller that had a design carved into its form. Excited by the creative possibilities, the UK-based artist spent the next two months lugging around many of these rollers and “regretting her cumbersome purchase.” The struggle was worth it, however, because it was the start of The Painted House, her shop that sells this type of decorative art tool.
Bosanquet has created a two-part kit that anyone can use to print on nearly any flattened surface. One element is a six-inch wide patterned roller that features an embossed design. The other part is an applicator—one for use on fabric and the other for paper, wood, and walls. The carved rollers are versatile and can be placed in either type of applicator. When rolled, they have the look of a block print or stamp.
Bosanquet’s seamless repeating patterns include natural imagery—birds, flowers, and deer—as well as fancy flourishes. It’s an easy way to add some pizzazz to your wall or upcycle old fabric. Check out the entire selection in The Painted House Etsy shop.