I've been getting quite a few emails asking me to do a tutorial on using lace as a stencil. Just to let you all know, I'm not destroying vintage lace. I have a rather large collection of synthetic lace with a variety of designs. I also have vintage lace, but that collection will never see paint. Here is the basic technique. You can use it to add beautiful detail.
I started by painting with, yes, black gesso. You can use whatever paint you want.
Next, lay your lace on top as flat as you can. I just wrapped this lace runner tightly around the edge, but you can tape it as well.
Next, spray over the top with the contrasting color of choice. I used white here.
Remove the lace, and voila!
I prefer a somewhat imperfect design. However, if you want a sharper image, you'll have to get the lace as flat as possible, and spray a very even coat.
Here are other variations.
White base, oregano spray paint.
Yellow base, black spray paint.
Old wood base, red spray paint.
Check back to see what I do with these pieces.
When I use this technique on furniture, my base painting is a little more complicated before I add the lace design, and I will keep adding or subtracting until I get the look I want.
Check out this redesign here,
and this one here.
Give it your own spin, and let me know how it turns out. Happy lacing!
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