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Monday, May 30, 2005

Painting Lace

Lately I have been getting emails asking me how I paint lace. I am sure it appears to be difficult but it really is not. You are basically painting the holes in the lace and that is what makes the pattern. Therefore, it is very important to see the pattern the holes make. By following this, you get some very believable looking lace with little effort.
To do this seems daunting but I find that if I blow that area up in a photo or on photoshop, I can see this easier. I also isolate that area so that is all I see. Once you find a starting place it becomes easier. Just hold your finger in that place and move it only as you complete each hole...then move your finger to the next hole and draw that. By never moving the finger off the photo or computer screen, I do not lose my place. Otherwise, there are just too many holes and it all becomes a blur. This little trick has helped me alot and I use it any time there is something complicated that I am trying to paint.
Another thing I do is use jeweler's glasses for magnification. That has been a life saver and I think as we age, anything that helps us see is fair game! HA! I love detail and I want to know what is really there, even if I choose not to paint it. I think getting all the information helps me paint a better painting.
Hope this will help and encourage you to try some lace!

6 comments:

VernitaTX said...

This painting is so beautiful! I want it but doubt that I could afford it. ;) Thanks for the mini-lesson on how to paint lace.

Vera Dennen said...

Love this one Jane. As I always say, if you have the patience for watercolor I am sure you'll have the patience to paint the holes! LOL! Vera

Linn said...

Jane, being a needleworker, I often rate artists by their ability to paint lace and other textiles. You are A1 in that department.

Sabrina said...

When designing needlework, thinking about the holes or voids is equally important. Thank-you for the mini lesson.

Rissa said...

As a lacemaker, I am impressed. :-) I have not tackled lace yet, but I have done fewer than a dozen watercolor paintings.

Susan Borgas said...

Jane I am only now just moving into the area of still life painting. Lace is something that I have always desired to paint. Thank you for explaining your own method, your own paintings are truly amazing.