How To Draw Lace | Sketchbook Page Idea

For Week 1's Prompt, Dark & Light, I was inspired to create a lace pattern against a black background--I love the combo of the bright white against the black and having the dark background gives it more of a Halloween-y vibe :)

This one took some trial and error to figure out--the floral design I drew was a bit small for the size of the grid so it was all blending in at first. I tried a few things and after outlining it in black and doing another coat of white, it helped the design stand out a little more!

One of the things I love about having a sketchbook practice is that it challenges and encourages us to solve problems and figure it out! And regardless of the outcome (or if the solution is to paint over it :)), there’s always something we take away from each creative session.

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If you'd like to create a lace design in your sketchbook page, below are the materials I used along with the process. I hope it helps!

You can watch a short video of the process on Instagram or Pinterest.

A Few Tips Before Getting Started...

  • I found my design a little small/grid boxes a little too big--I think a larger floral pattern would've worked better to help the design stand out more.
  • Make a rough sketch of the floral pattern on scratch paper first to get an idea of the design you'd like and the different components and sizing.

You'll Need

  • Sketchbook or multimedia paper
  • Washi/masking tape
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • White gel pen
  • Ruler (clear grid rulers are the best!)
  • Black fine tip marker


  1. Tape the edges of the paper to create a clean white border.
  2. Paint the entire page black and let it dry completely.
  3. Draw a grid using the gel pen and ruler over the black background.
  4. Draw a floral pattern onto the grid (it doesn't have to be perfect!)
  5. Round out the square sections of the grid by drawing a circle inside of it or just rounding off the corners a bit (it can be a little sketchy looking to give it that lace texture.) Depending on your floral design, you can decide which method looks the best.
  6. Go back and outline the floral pattern with a black marker to give it definition.
  7. Color in all the flowers/leaves with white gel pen. Keep it rough and imperfect to emulate lace. 
  8. Peel off the tape border.
Here's my entire spread for the prompt! If you'd like to learn how to make the spooky foggy forest, you can find the tutorial here.
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