Paper towels, Foam plates, Medium grit sandpaper, and Tracing paper or waxed paper for practicing brushstrokes
- Background – Using a 3/4” Flat brush loaded with Titanium White, paint the entire heart box exterior; allow to dry. Sand surface smooth using medium grit sandpaper. Reapply a second coat of Titanium White for opaque coverage. Allow to dry. When dry, mix a light pink by adding a small amount of Magenta to Titanium White. Paint the light pink paint mixture in the heart insert on the box lid. Allow to dry. Double load a No. 10 Flat brush with Titanium White and the light pink mixture. Paint the raised heart keeping the pink side of the brush to the outside of the wood embellishment. Allow to dry.
- One Stroke Rosebud – NOTE: Use the One Stroke Teaching Guide as a practice guide; lay a sheet of either tracing paper or waxed paper over the printed guide, then practice painting a One Stroke rosebud, leaves, wisteria and ribbon before painting directly onto the prepared wood heart box. Double load a No. 12 Flat brush two-thirds full with Magenta and Titanium White; blend well on the palette. Hold the brush up on its chisel edge so that it is just touching the surface; create two “placeholder” vertical marks the width of the desired rosebud. Holding the brush with Titanium White to the top of the stroke, touch the mark on the left, apply pressure and paint a stroke resembling a small arching rainbow, release pressure and lift the brush back up to the chisel edge. Still keeping Titanium White to the top of the stroke, touch the chisel edge of the brush at the same beginning spot and paint the front of the rosebud bowl ending on the chisel edge. NOTE: This stroke is slightly less wide than the back of the rosebud. Repeat this last stroke again only beginning and ending the stroke slightly wider than where the original “placeholder” marks were. Next, add a few petals; keeping Titanium White to the top of the stroke, add a petal stroke to the right side of the rosebud ending on the chisel edge of the brush. Repeat the same stroke on the left side of the rosebud. Add one more rose petal on the right slightly lower than the last petal.
- Basic One Stroke Leaves – Double load a No. 12 Flat brush two-thirds full with Thicket and Citrus Green; blend well on the palette. Hold the brush up on the chisel edge so that it is just touching the surface. Begin the Basic One Stroke Leaf by applying pressure and allowing the bristles to expand in width. Pull the stroke while lifting the brush and releasing pressure; ending the brush stroke on the chisel edge pulling to create the tip of the leaf. Touch, press, pull and lift to the chisel edge! Create a few shadow leaves using the same stroke technique. Load the No. 12 Flat brush with Violet Pansy – if desired, add a touch of Floating Medium to create a transparent shadow leaf.
- One Stroke Wisteria – Fluff a 1/4" Scruffy brush prior to using it. Load the Scruffy brush by pouncing one half into a puddle of Violet Pansy; then pounce the second half of the brush into Titanium White. Pounce a few times on the palette to slightly blend the colors. Begin pouncing the loaded brush keeping Violet Pansy to the top. Pounce into a circular shape being careful not to over-pounce or over-blend. Create the “tail” of the wisteria cluster by narrowing the shape and elongating it creating a shape resembling a paisley design.
- One Stroke Ribbon Bow – Load a No. 2 Script Liner brush with thinned Violet Pansy, (thin paint by adding a small amount of Floating Medium to the brush while stroking through the paint. NOTE: If desired, add a touch of Titanium White to the Violet Pansy. Hold the loaded brush vertically up on the point so that it is just touching the surface. While keeping the brush vertical, pull the brush creating a loop. Reverse the loop direction and paint a second loop opposite the first ribbon loop. Repeat the first two strokes adding a second loop on both sides slightly smaller than the first loop. Next, paint two curling ribbon tails from the center of the bow. NOTE: Where pressure is applied, the ribbon will appear wider and with lighter pressure, the ribbon will be thinner. Lastly, paint a ribbon knot at the center of the loops; paint two small “c” strokes to create the knot.