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How do I double load a flat brush when using the One Stroke™ Technique?
Wet your brush and gently tap on a paper towel to remove excess water. Pick up paint by dipping one corner of the brush in one color.
Dip the opposite corner of the brush in another color. This will form triangles at each corner of the brush.
Stroke brush back and forth on a clean spot on your palette to blend the paint.
Flip brush over to the other side and push it away from you, blending on the same spot on the palette. Be sure to keep the colors in the same spot on the blending area of the palette.

Notice how a correctly loaded and blended brush should look. The paint fills the brush 3/4ths of the way up the brush, but does not get into the ferrule of the brush. When the brush is loaded correctly, your strokes should feel as though the bristles glide.

If the brush is coarse or splits, you do not have enough paint on the brush. Reload the brush as needed, but do not blend on the palette after each reload or your paint will start to become muddy in your brush, with the colors blending together.

How do I paint a One Stroke™ heart-shaped leaf?
Load a flat brush with Thicket and Sunflower. Make guidelines in a "v" to help keep the top of your leaf even.
Begin at one guideline with the flat side of the brush. Have the green side of brush to the outside. Touch down with brush.
Push and wiggle the stroke.
Begin turning brush as you get to tip.
Turn and slide as you pull brush up to chisel edge.
Make both sides of the leaf in this same way.
To make a turned edge on the leaf: Begin making a leaf in the same way, as you get to the middle of leaf, pull brush up to chisel.
Twist brush 180 degrees and flip to other side.
Make another shell-shaped petal on the left side of the rose bud.
Continue adding the shell-shaped petals below the bud until you have painted four petals.
Clean up the bottom of the bud by restroking over the bottom stroke.
Paint a comma stroke on each side of the bud, ending on the chisel.
Make a comma stroke just under the bud for the last petal of the rose.
How do I paint a One Stroke™ rose?
Double or triple load your brush. Make one shell- shaped petal of the rose at a time. Start with the lighter colors to the outside.
Wiggle and pull the brush as you pivot the brush into a curve. You will have a slightly scalloped outer edge.
End the stroke on the chisel edge to complete the first petal.
Make some guideline dots in a circle to help you determine the positioning of the five outer petals. Overlap each petal onto the previous one.
Paint the five shell-shaped petals to complete the outer skirt of the rose.
Next, paint a rose bud in the center of these outer petals. Make the top part of the bud, overlapping it onto outer petal #1.
Next, paint the bottom stroke of the rose bud.
To begin painting the inner row of petals, touch the brush at the right of the rose bud. Make another shell-shaped petal here.
How do I paint a One Stroke™ teardrop petal?
Load the flat brush with Dioxazine Purple and School Bus Yellow. Touch chisel edge of brush.
Pull the brush into a curve.
End brush on the chisel edge.
How do I use Floating Medium in the One Stroke™ Technique?
FolkArt® Floating Medium (#868) helps paint flow more smoothly, thus aiding your brush strokes. It should be used when you are painting on any surface that is not slick. It's especially helpful when painting on walls. Use this medium for painting shadows or for watercolor effects.
  1. Squeeze a puddle of Floating Medium on your palette.
  2. Load brush with paint first, as instructed.
  3. Dip the tips of the bristles of the loaded brush straight down in the puddle of Floating Medium.
  4. Stroke the brush on palette 2 - 3 times, and you're ready to paint.
How do I use the FolkArt® One Stroke™ Reusable Teaching Guides if I am left handed?
Reverse the start/end directions. Always start where it says end and end your stroke where it says start.
How do you load the FolkArt® One Stroke™ mini brushes?
Because the mini brushes (#2, #6, #8, and #10) are so narrow, they can't be loaded like the standard and large brushes.
To load, dampen the brush and blot on a paper towel to dry. Dip the entire bristle section of the brush into the darker paint puddle. Pull the brush out of puddle to smooth paint into bristles.
Pull one edge of the brush along the edge of the lighter paint puddle.
How do you load the One Stroke™ script liner?
Thin your paint with water to an inky consistency. Load brush by rolling it in the paint puddle.
When the brush is loaded with paint, twist and roll out of the puddle.
How do you paint a One Stroke™ daisy?
Load the flat brush with School Bus Yellow OR School Bus Yellow and Wicker White. Touch chisel edge of brush to surface and lean.
Pull brush towards you. Push slightly to widen stroke. End up on chisel and lift.
Make these teardrop strokes in a circle to create the daisy. Make strokes at various angles.
Use the brush handle to dot a center in daisy.
How do you paint a One Stroke™ pansy?
Paint individual shell-shaped petals using a flat brush loaded with Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White. Start at left side of petal. Pull brush in a curve as you wiggle. End on chisel.
Make 5 overlapping shell-shaped petals.
Add individual teardrop-shaped petals at bottom of pansy.
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