Notebook, 1993-


Paper - Paper Activities

Pinprick Pictures

Pictures made by pricking holes into paper to produce a lace-like effect. They may derive from the practice of pricking the outlines of a cartoon in order to transfer it to the painting ground. Most examples appear to be English, of the 18th and early 19th cents., when the practice was a fashionable hobby for ladies (the spiked wheel that was commonly used to draw lines was a dressmakers' tool for tracing patterns on cloth).

[Chilvers, Ian, Harold Osborne, and Dennis Farr, eds. Oxford Dictionary Of Art. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.]



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