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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 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 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.

What kind of paint is used for One Stroke™ decorative painting?
Any formula of FolkArt® paint is perfect for One Stroke or any kind of decorative painting. Donna Dewberry uses FolkArt® Acrylics, FolkArt® Enamels (for glass and ceramics), FolkArt® Outdoor (for outdoor projects), and FolkArt® Fabric (for linens and clothing).
What do I need to know about painting on garments or other fabrics when using the One Stroke™ Technique?
Preparing Garments:
Wash and dry the garment according to manufacturer's instructions before painting. This will remove sizing and excess dye and guard against shrinkage after painting. Do not use fabric softener. Iron the garment so it's smooth.
Using and Placing Patterns:
  1. It's a good idea to plan the placement of the pattern before you transfer it to the garment. Pin the pattern where you'd like it to go. Try the garment on and observe in mirror to achieve ideal placement.
  2. Trace the original pattern onto tracing paper with a pencil or pen.
  3. To transfer, place the item to be painted on your work surface and lay the traced pattern in position on project. Slip transfer paper between pattern and item. Trace pattern with stylus to transfer it.
Using a Shirtboard:
Place a cardboard shirtboard inside the garment so you'll have a firm surface for painting and your paint won't bleed through to the back of the garment. Use masking tape to fasten excess fabric to the back of the shirtboard, out of your way. Your painting surface should be taut and flat, but not stretched out of shape. You can make your own shirtboard by cutting a piece of cardboard large enough to fit inside the garment. Cover the cardboard with plastic wrap.
If you prefer not to use FolkArt® Fabric paint, you can create your own fabric paint using regular FolkArt acrylic colors.
Mixing FolkArt Acrylic Colors with Textile Medium When Painting with One Stroke™:
Mix 1 part FolkArt® Textile Medium and 1 part FolkArt® Acrylic paint as directed on the FolkArt® Textile Medium label.
Testing Your Fabric:
Each fabric takes paint a little differently. Some fabrics require more paint; for others a little will be enough. Before painting your design, apply a little bit of paint in an inconspicuous part of the garment, such as a seam allowance or hem. If that's not possible, use a clean paint brush to dab a small amount of water on the fabric to see how the fabric absorbs it.
Heat Setting Your Painting:
Let painted garment dry 24 hours. Place a pressing cloth over painted design. Iron 30 seconds over pressing cloth with iron on highest appropriate setting for fabric.
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.
What is the FolkArt® One Stroke™ Certification Program?
Donna Dewberry offers an intensive 3 1/2 day seminar on the One Stroke painting technique, how to instruct others, how to demonstrate and promote the technique and how to start a business using this method. The course is limited in size to 45 participants or less. Donna or one of her One Stroke certified elites instructs each course.
To sign up or obtain more information, contact Dewberry Designs Training Studio at:
Mail - 9006 Mossy Oak Lane, Clermont, FL 34711
Phone - 352-394-7344
Website -
How is FolkArt® Outdoor™ different from Apple Barrel Gloss™?
FolkArt® Outdoor™ paints are formulated with rich and creamy consistencies in true artists palettes that deliver high hide with UV protection and weather resistance that makes this paint the perfect paint for outdoor use. It is self-sealing, no primers, sealers or varnishes are required. FolkArt® Outdoor paints can be applied on a variety of surfaces such as metal, terra cotta, wood, concrete, galvanized tin and more. It dries to a satin finish and is waterbased so clean up is easy with mild soap and water.
Apple Barrel Gloss paints offer a bright and clean color palette. They too are formulated to be weather resistant, can be used outdoors, and work well on the same types of surfaces. However, Apple Barrel Gloss paints dry with strong colors and a high gloss finish.
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