How to Make Painted Lace
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.