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Taking Lath Art To The Next Level

Dave Lampman has been doing lath art since 1979. He describes his work as “Casual art with a touch of understated elegance.” Whatever it is, it certainly is beautiful. Check out his online gallery of some of his work. Perhaps it will inspire you to give lath art a try. When you’re ready, head over to Lath Art Discussion Help and Examples blog, where he’s a contributing author. There you’ll find some great tips and more examples that will get you on your way!

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Classic Lath Art Progression Pictures

I recently wrote about Rod Skramstad from Classic Lathart. He has updated his website to include a series of progress pictures that turned out quite nice. Although not necessarily a tutorial, it does give us some insight on how he goes about putting together one of his lath art paintings.

Rod has a series of 14 photographs showing different stages of a painting. Unfortunately, he doesn’t include any descriptive text explaining what we’re looking at. But if you read this tutorial from LathArt How To and Patterns, it should give you a good idea of what’s going on. Definitely worth checking out if lath art is in your future.

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Classic Lathart

Lath art has really caught my imagination. I like the rustic/folk art feel that it provides. Since there isn’t a lot of information about this great American folk art, I’m always excited to see a new website pop up. Rod Skramstad from Classic Lathart has a number of pictures of his one-of-a-kind creations. His lath art paintings range from simplistic to intricate. Each piece full of personality and stories waiting to be unveiled. While he doesn’t sell patterns, his work is certainly inspiring. Check it out. And be sure to read the history of lath art on the front page. Very interesting reading.

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Lath Art Kits and Patterns

If you have read through the blog entries on the sites I recommended over the last few days, you’ll often hear mention of lath art kits.

I was able to find 3 vendors of lath art kits. Each site seems to carry the same patterns, however their prices differ slightly. I’m not sure if all 3 websites are owned by the same company, or if they are merely resellers. Either way, they have quiet a few kits to choose from. The kits include precut lath sheets, paints, a paint brush, and detailed instructions. This approach reminds me of those paint-by-numbers kits. Which isn’t bad if you’re in a hurry or need an introduction to lath art. Looking at the galleries on the website, it looks like the finished products are stunning. Each kit usually run between $50-100.

If buying a kit isn’t your thing, and you don’t want to design your own, take a look at intarsia or stained glass patterns. You’ll probably have to simplify the pattern a bit to make it work for lath art, but that shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. Paned Expressions Studios has several free stained glass patterns that would work well for lath art. I especially like Summer Solstice, Covered Bridge, and Lighthouse.

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Lath Art Progression Pictures

I learn best by example and demonstration. That’s why I love progression pictures and tutorials so much. So I was pretty excited when I saw Christopher Hildebrand’s set of progression pictures as he puts together a lath art painting of a horse grazing. He makes a few comments about each photo. The photos are high resolution, which makes it easy to see the details and is really quiet helpful in understanding how a lath art painting is put together.

Chris also has another set of progression pictures in his personal gallery as he puts together a golf course scene. Many of these pictures also have comments This 9 picture set breaks down each step a little bit more, which I find especially helpful.

So if lath art painting is in your future, be sure to check out Chris’ two sets of progression pictures (set 1, set 2). I bet you’ll learn a lot just by watching him work!

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Lath Art

One thing that amazes me most about scrolling, is the number of art forms that develop because of this simple tool. I came across Lath Art a while back and found it very interesting. Lath Art is a folk art that uses, oddly enough, lath. You know, those strips of wood used to hold plaster to the wall? Sometimes you’ll find fishermen using old lobster traps whereas more contemporary artists may use lattice or lumber stickers.

Lath art is similar to marquetry in that you use various shapes of wood to create a picture. Where marquetry relies on wood grain and color to define the picture, lath art relies on the position and direction of the lath strips to define detail and space. Each strip is cut into sections with the scroll saw, then individually colored. Before long, you have a wonderful piece of artwork to hang on your wall.

Lath Art Paintings has several examples of lath art. Take a look. You can really see how the direction of the lath makes all the difference in the world. It really is a fascinating art form and something that scrollers may want to try their hand at.

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