Anaglypta wallpaper is one of the main types of embossed papers produced

Anaglypta wallpaper is is a relief decoration wallpaper that is now a brand of CWV Ltd. Its predecessor was Lincrusta which is a deep embossed wallpaper. It was invented by Frederick Edward Walton (1834 – 1928) in 1877 who was a manufacturer who also invented Linoleum. Lincrusta is made from linseed oil and wood flour which is formed into a paste and spread on canvas. Because the oil hardens over years it makes it a very strong and durable wallpaper and why it is used in many high traffic areas such as hotels and restaurants. It can be used as a base for emulsion or gloss paint and colour washing or marbling.
There was a problem because of its make up being very rigid it could not be used in many applications. Another wallpaper was made using pulp and cotton which was lighter and more flexible. This was by one of the employees, Thomas J Palmer, and was called Anaglypta.

When hanging Anaglypta wallpaper there are a few points that are important to keep in mind to make sure that the wallpaper remains firmly stuck to the wall and to be able to apply any substance to the surface eg. paints.

The wallpaper should be allowed to dry before applying. This might take 2 days as the wallpaper is very thick and all the paste needs to dry out. The danger is that if you apply a paint to the surface and the paste has not totally dried out, as the paint dries out the wallpaper will lift away from the wall.
It is also advisable to prime the wallpaper before applying any paint. To ensure the whole area of paper is covered, including all the crevices, it is better to use a tinted primer. You can then apply the paint. Emulsion or gloss paint can be used. But you will get a better effect when using gloss paint if you apply a similar colour undercoat. When using emulsion paint a good way to highlight the embossed areas is to use one colour as a base coat and when that is dry apply another contrasting colour over the raised area of the wallpaper using a sponge, roller or brush.
A number of effects can be achieved To imitate marbles, porphyry, and other stones, using splatterdash, sponging, and feather-streaking techniques.

When hanging Anaglypta wallpaper it must be pasted thoroughly using a heavy duty paste using the manufacturers recommended brand and thickness of mix. It must be allowed to absorbed into the wallpaper for at least 5 mins. Care must be taken not to press heavily on the embossed raised areas as the raised area will stick to the wall. A soft flat pasting brush is best for flattening down the surface to remove air and excess paste.

The advantage of using Anaglypta wallpaper is that while being a strong and robust product when you need to repair the paper it can easily be touched up. Also when you get tired of the colour scheme of your room it is easy to repaint the surface.

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