Creating Wallpaper and Textile Prints and how to make money from it?

I have begun to create patterns using screen printing process with graphic design and photography being my informative source as a starting point.

I have taken some photos of a live performance and using slow shutter speed I have managed to capture the movement on the screen. I will be using these as a source of development to create a wallpaper print.

I have found a very useful app called  Pantone, that lifts the actual Pantone code along with the RGB and also the HEX code, which will be helpful when matching the colors to household paint or making sure the graphic is the correct colour. 


You click on the square color above and it gives you the exact Pantone.

I have purchased a colour swatch that gives me CMYK for when I am working in photoshop but here is a pantone to CMYK conversion table:Click here

Using the guidance of the book  Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac 2012 and also youtube tutorials  I have been created wallpaper panels.

I used this image as my reference, which is an image I created from a graphic design of mine then screen printed.

I inverted the color and used the photoshop wallpaper repeating pattern process and created this.

Based on sound, frequency, and cymatic data.

I took the file to a company called Ocean signs, unit 11, Village Court Farm Ind. CF33 6BX and they printed a very high-quality Lino size 2m x 50cm. I have purchased a sheet of ply. Covered the ply in polish to create a smooth service for the print to be stuck to.

Cost of the item to produce £40 and £20 and polish £5 = £65

including design and graphic hours at £20 per hour £100 but this can be split over the duplication and they could be printed as 1/100 making them more valuable, to collectors.


I have created some other wallpaper/ graphic using 3d sound spheres that I have designed in the past. I will continue to develop this work and print of a demo print.

I have purchased a Wacom Cliniq 21UX which is a full-size graphics tablet that you can sketch and draw on, this will expand my graphic design possibilities, in being able to sketch a photograph etc.

Here is a demo of the tab and its abilities:

I created an animation using this tab:

I am currently working on creating a selection of works using these photographs I took whilst on a visit to London this year, using the same technique as above.

I attended Sian Elin’s lecture on developing your professional practice and I was pleased to discover she is a textile print designer and her lecture delivered a wealth of information regarding, how to make money from print design and how to copyright your designs.

Should you charge hourly, daily, flat rate, commision rate or licensing rate? Some companies like Hallmark and Tiger have a standard rate. Its hard to work from home charging an hourly rate, but hourly rates are as follows:

Hourly Junior £15-£20, Senior £35-£55,

Daily rate is better for you and to negotiate: Daily Junior £90-£150, mid-senior £150-£250, senior £250-£350

Flat Project Rate: this would be for the entire project, its sometimes not so good as the client might want to make a lot of changes so its wise to add into the contract the amount changes allowed before there is an additional charge, at ? per hour. Rates are between £150-£450 per design and they will own the rights. You can draw up a contract to allow for the design to be used in only one artwork and retain the rights.

Licensing: The pay for royalties is quarterly, you will own the copyright. If you license to a client then can borrow the artwork for a year, then the copyright returns to you. You will get on average 8%-10% per sale.

It is wise to increase your rates every Tax year 1st April along with the percentage of increased living.

When working in collaboration with a studio or an agent only sign a 6-month contract to make sure its someone who will put promote.

Protecting your artwork is very important especially before you start sending out demo work to companies. ACID  anti copyright in design, is the place to join to protect your intellectual property. Someone can take your design and as long as they make 5 changes they are allowed legally to use it as their own. Placement of pattern on the product is also important when dealing with copyright.

Skillshare is a really good media platform to promote your work click here 

Creative bug to improve some skills click here

Print and Pattern is a very good blog to follow click here 

Published by liannemorgan

BA (Hons), MFA. I use a Multi-Disciplinary approach to create my work in both Music and Art. I use Science, Technology, and other Artists to inspire my process and create my work.

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