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FAQs

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 stencil on fabric?
  1. Pre-wash and dry fabric. This will remove the sizing that comes in new fabric and help the paint bond better with the fibers.
  2. Place and secure fabric over a plastic-covered or waxed cardboard to create a firm surface for stenciling and to prevent bleed-through to any other part of the fabric.
  3. Load stencil brush by dabbing into paint puddle and circle on a paper towel to disperse the paint into the bristles and remove the excess. You can always go back and add more paint, however, an overloaded brush can cause an instant smudge that is next to impossible to remove from fabric.)
  4. Apply paint with either a pouncing or circular stroke. Let fabric thoroughly dry, at least 36 hours.
  5. Heat set by placing cloth over the stenciling and applying concentrated heat, at the wool setting, for several minutes. Launder or dry clean as you would any delicate fabric.
What are some tips for cutting out detailed designs for use in a decoupage project?
Scissors:
Use small sharp scissors or a craft knife to trim papers, such as embroidery or cuticle scissors. A craft knife is handy to cut details from the inside of a design.

Cutting:
Using a cutting mat to protect your work surface, cut out the inside of a print before cutting around the outside. Then trim off excess around the design. It is not necessary to follow every detail of a design.

Creating Rustic Looks
Tearing:
To achieve an irregular, textured edge, tear the paper by pulling toward you in an upward motion.

Burning:
To achieve an antique or rustic look, use a match or candle flame to light the edge of your paper. Just as the print begins to burn, carefully blow out the flame on the paper. Continue burning a small areas at a time until the entire edge has been burned. Remove excess charred paper by scraping the edge of the paper with the side of the scissors, leaving a brown edge.

What is scumble?
Scumble is a thin application of opaque color scrubbed over an area to change the tone, temperature or value.
Are there any tips for applying Gallery Glass® Window Color™ to my window?
  • Start at the top left corner of the window and apply color to one section at a time.
  • Run a thin line of paint across the top of the section, wiggling the tip back and forth as you move to the right.
  • Be sure to cover the corners and apply paint thickly enough to prevent light from showing through.
  • For a more textured or cathedral glass look, use a figure 8 motion.
Are there different types of stencil strokes?
Yes. There are four common types of strokes for stenciling.
Circular: Use a circular stroke to achieve an evenly shaded print. Move the loaded brush in a clockwise direction, focusing on the outside edge of the cutout area. The circular stroke is recommended when using dry brush paint. If acrylic paints are used, care must be taken to remove excess paint from the brush and to keep a light pressure on the brush to prevent smudged prints.
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Pouncing: A pounced stroke is ideal for beginners, as it will not readily cause a smudged print. Apply the paint in an up-and-down pouncing motion. The more you pounce, the more solid or opaque the print will become.
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Sweeping: Use a back-and-forth sweeping stroke to create a directional print. This stroke is especially effective in large cut out areas, or when using a flat stencil brush. Use caution - too much paint on the brush can result in a brush-under smudge.
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Rolling: The stencil roller can by used with one or two shades of paint. A darker color can then be added to accent ares of the stencil or for the second overlay. The finished print will not have outside edge shading.
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Combination: A combination stroke blends pouncing, circular and sweeping strokes. This is a secondary stroke added after the stencil is first rolled on the surface. Then certain design elements can be added using a different technique.
Can I mix other mediums with Leather Studio™ paint?
Never mix mediums or alcohol with Leather Studio™ paint as it will break down the paint and make it not as flexible.
How can I get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars for my needlework?
Tape the edges of your fabric to get a more secure mount when using stretcher bars. This will also help prevent your fabric from slipping.
How can I use the Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes?
Load the Mod Podge Decoupage Brushes directly from the bottle or a foam plate or bowl. While working in tight surface areas, press the shorter bristles into the creases to both apply Mod Podge, as well as to adhere the paper or fabric being decoupaged.
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.
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