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How to Make Painted Lace

Photo: Sloan Howard

4. Load the paintbrush with dye, and paint on the lace. Venise lace absorbs dye quickly, so paint with a light touch and build up to the desired color depth. Use just the tip of the brush for precise application; to cover larger areas more quickly, use the entire brush head.


In a wet application, the dyes bleed together through the lace fibers.


Encourage this watercolor effect by keeping the lace damp as you apply dye and using the brush to blend the dyes further. In a dry application, each color is separated from the next. The drier the lace and more concentrated the dye mix, the more distinct the color separations.

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Comments (7)

petricjoshua petricjoshua writes: Great tutorial
Posted: 3:45 am on January 30th

JonaWilloughby JonaWilloughby writes: Very creative ideas!!!!
Posted: 3:26 am on January 18th

LoritaGable LoritaGable writes: I reallly like yur ideas
Posted: 4:29 am on December 5th

WillowMchenry WillowMchenry writes: I really apprciated yur ideas!!!
Posted: 4:11 am on December 3rd

TheThreadLady TheThreadLady writes: Since I dye and paint all kinds of fabric all the time I was happy to see the advice to practice on a less costly piece of lace of the same fabric type first. I learned my dyeing and painting practices from an expert and that was one of her first tips---always practice on something inexpensive before you do the real stuff. It has saved me many, many heartaches over the years.

Posted: 2:42 am on August 29th

Buttonscreates Buttonscreates writes: I really like this idea as well. It looks like an ombre effect.
Posted: 5:46 pm on August 28th

buggalcrafts buggalcrafts writes: Love this idea! Great way to get exacatlly what you want! I have "dyed" my natural raffia with a permenant marker when I needed just a little. This would prob work a treat on raffia too!
Posted: 7:47 am on May 5th

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