Valentine  Tips 3
Watercolor Tips for Painting Valentine Cards in Watercolor

Lacey Illusions Created from a Paper Doily
Paper doilies made to be used as liners on cake plates and cookie
platters make great stencils for painting the illusion of lace.

You can find these doilies in grocery stores, and in the
department stores cake decorating departments. They
come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.

Most of the white paper doilies are very thin and are fairly
absorbent, so you have to be careful not to use too much
water when painting over them. I've found that the gold and
silver metallic foil doilies are slightly thicker and stand up better
to wet applications.
As shown in my examples there are several tools you can use to create the
illusion of lace. A semi drybrush technique applied with a watercolor brush is a
good option. A stiff stencil  brush is also a tool for consideration. Another tool
up sponge.) You might even try using a damp paper towel to dab the
watercolor over the holes in the doily.

Another option is to use a fine spray mister filled with diluted watercolor.

When working with these paper doilies as stencils one important thing to
remember is that you use very little water (only enough to get the paint to
the paper) and try not to get the doily too wet.

In the past, I have prepped the doilies prior to their use by spraying the up a
little longer.

I'm always on the look out for plastic doily place mats or table
cloths in variety stores too. They can be reused several times.

I hope this gives you some ideas for creating your own lacey watercolor
Valentine cards. Have fun!
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