stroke design

Stroke Design 
This design utilises most of the basic brush stroke of Tole painting. Paint it on either a dark or light background.

Materials and equipment.
" One-stroke sable/synthetic brush; No. 2 sable/synthetic Round brush; No. 5 Round brush; No. 1 Rigger; No. 8 Blender brush. If you would like to see a larger picture click the link.

For a quicker project try the Wild Rose       For an easier project try a single leaf  

Oil paint:- Ivory Black; Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna; Cadmium Orange; Titanium White.

Mediums:-  Zest-it and a pot to hold it, for brush washing; Zest-it Clear Painting Medium for blending and smooth finish. (If you need more information on Zest-it, please see the Zest-it and Products pages).

Bits and Bobs:- Palette; palette knife; kitchen towel; grease-proof paper to practice strokes on; an article or something to paint on.

If you are unsure of the basic brush strokes used in Tole painting, have a look at the Brush Strokes page.

Mixing paint:- The first thing we need to do is mix the paint to the correct consistency. Mix the paint on the palette using a palette knife. Treat each colour the same. Squeeze out a small amount of paint (an inch or so), add a few drops of Zest-it Clear Painting Medium to it, mix them together using the palette knife, until the paint retains only soft 'peaks' when the knife is lifted away. Add drops of Zest-it Clear Medium until this is achieved. Mix separate amounts of Titanium White; Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna and Cadmium Orange.


   The outline:- Use the rigger brush, mix a little Titanium White or Burnt Sienna, depending on your background, with Zest-it clear medium until thin and watery. Use this to sketch an outline of the five main leaves of the design, also place small oval outlines for the Daises.

leaf centers

   Painting the leaves:- When painting the leaves it's easier to block in the centre portion first. To do this, use the " one-stroke brush loaded with Cadmium Orange, put in a long tear drop stroke with a short tail. The stroke needs to follows the centre vein of the leaf, from stem end to tip.

painting leaves   Painting the leaves:- Double load a " One Stroke brush with Titanium White and Cadmium Orange use this brush for the light side of the leaves. Load another " One Stroke with Burnt Umber and Cadmium Orange use this for the dark side of the leaves. Use the flat 'S' stroke to paint in each side of the leaf. Use the blender brush to lightly blend the colour from stem end to tip. Treat all leaves the same. If the colours on the double loaded brush get dirty, just wipe off the tainted colour onto kitchen towel, that way you don't disturb the colour in the brush. Use Ivory Black to darken your colour for deep shadow.

adding veins

  Adding Veins:- Use the rigger brush to add the veins.
Thin the Titanium White paint until watery, use a curved line for the vein, angle shorter veins from the centre vein. You can if you wish, blend the veins slightly to give a softer effect.

add dasies

    Painting the Daisies:- Load the No. 5 Round brush with the colour of your choice. To give contrast to the design, place dark colours against light and light against dark. Use the 'tear drop' stroke with a short tail for the petals. The petals need to be shorter at the back of the Daisy that at the sides or front. Put in all petals within the oval areas. Use the same stroke to place the buds, using just one, two or three strokes.

finish picture    Painting centres and tapered leaves:- Use a short fat 'comma' stroke and the colour of your choice for the centres, they are often better painted all the same colour. Use white to highlight the centre, a tiny fat 'comma'. Burnt Sienna will give a shadow colour for the centres, use a long thin 'comma'. The No. 2 Round and Sienna will be just right for the tiny pollen dots.
Tapered leaves use the One Stroke brush and the Rigger, colours are your choice and the 'S' stroke. The stems are painted with the Rigger. The tiny leaves with the No. 2 Round.

   Hints and Tips: Practice painting the leaves and Daisies on the greaseproof paper until you feel confident in the use of the brushes and the application of the paint.
   Don't expect your first painting to be perfect, have fun while you learn, enjoy learning the skills. Practice will pay dividends.

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Design and Artwork Jacqui Blackman.

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