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2014 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE n Society of Decorative Painters 46 DECORATIVEPAINTERS.ORG 2014 ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Q Society of Decorative Painters 46 L earning brushstrokes will help every facet of your decorative painting techniques. It teaches you brush control, fow, and rhythm. I invite you to join me in this series of articles, where we will study strokework step-by-step to- gether. I will introduce one or two brushstrokes in each issue, starting with the easier round brushstrokes, and working up to the more difcult ones as we progress. Practicing will be even more rewarding with the small project I'll include. Paint consistency, brush loading, and stroke refne- ment will be explained fully in this frst column but will not be repeated. It is advisable to keep this issue handy in the future. Also, I encourage you to keep Issue #4, 2012, at hand to refer to my article, Strokework, (pages 113–118), for even more information. To achieve the shape of the stroke and the sof streaks within, it is of utmost importance that the acrylic is fresh. I encourage you to use a wet palette, which dramatically in- creases the open time of the paint. Make an extender with distilled water and DecoArt Easy Float (3:1). Mix just one drop of extender in a 1" (2.5cm) puddle of acrylic paint. Note how the paint blends together beautifully and the stroke glides more smoothly. When needed, add additional drops of extender to make thicker paints the same viscosity as the other colors used in the study. LOA DI NG T H E R OU N D B RU S H Dampen the brush and then remove all traces of water from the ferrule by tapping it on the edge of the brush ba- sin. Blot water from the bristles with dry sof paper towel. Pull color out from the edge of the puddle, making a load- ing zone that is twice the length of the brush. Press frmly and open the brush so there are no paint-starved bristles inside, which would prevent the brush from opening fully in the stroke. Tis process will fatten the brush. Return it to a round shape by gently stroking all sides through the loading zone with no pressure. Watch that your loading zone is not too juicy, as too much paint will cause ridges along the outer edges of your strokes. Scrape all sides of the outer tip along the sharp edge of the palette to remove paint. Tis makes bare bristles that will grab the tipping color. With the handle pointed straight up, dip and swirl the tip into a contrasting hue. Gently tap all sides of the tip on the palette to remove excess paint and re- shape the brush. Painter's Checklist S U R FA C E Use any practice surface you would like. PA L E T T E DECOART AMERICANA ACRYLICS Banana Cream Butterscotch Grape Juice Green Tea Honey Brown Light Avocado Lilac Pansy Lavender Pineapple White Wash B R U S H E S MAUREEN McNAUGHTON BRUSHES No. 5/0 liner No. 4 round S U P P L I E S Basic painting supplies (page 127) DecoArt Easy Float Distilled water Wet palette S O U R C E Maureen McNaughton's brushes are available at Pamered Palette (703) 754-8141 www . S K I L L B U I L D E R SDP_ebook_2014.indd 46 3/24/14 3:17 PM

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