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DECORATIVEPAINTERS.ORG LOA DI NG T H E L I N E R Tinner paint is required when using the liner. Dip the brush tip into extender and brush-mix it with the color as you load the complete length of the brush. Make a sharp point by scraping the paint of the tip along the sharp edge of your palette. Tis method of loading will produce many ultrafne lines as the diluted color feeds down to the point of the brush. HOL DI NG T H E B RU S H Position your fngers on the ferrule as loosely as possible. Point the handle up to the ceiling. It is tempting to hold it of to one side, but this won't allow the brush tip to pull through the middle, resulting in a deformed stroke. Rest the forearm but lif the wrist of the surface. Use your pinky fnger for support or put the other hand under the wrist, like a bridge. Sometimes we have a death grip on the brush, which prevents it from opening. If this happens, try clenching the other hand as you pull the stroke. T H E " PE R F E CT LY T I PPE D ST R OK E " Te tipping color is pure at the beginning of the stroke. As you apply pressure, the brush tip opens as it "rakes" the tipping color through the stroke. Tis produces the sof streaks. In the middle third of the stroke, the streaks become a middle value as the tip- ping color blends with the loading color. Te hue will be closer to the loading color by the end of the stroke, but note that there is still tipping color on the brush. Wipe of the residual tipping color onto dry sof paper towel. Reload, as described above, for the next stroke. No need to wash the brush until you change colors. R E F I N I NG T H E ST R OK E Not all strokes turn out exactly as we would like. Remember that you can go over any stroke a second time, once it is dry. Background color can re- shape a stroke. Also, you can fx or refne the stroke and the values within it with the liner as follows: • When the stroke is completely dry, refne any coarse streaks in the middle with fne lines using a brush-mix of the two hues. • If the tipping color did not carry far enough into the stroke or is uneven, pull lines of tipping color in that area. • If required, pull fne lines of loading color in from where the stroke fnished. • Ideally, we need three values in the stroke to create form. In the refn- ing process, ensure that the values gradually weave together to create the same sof, streaky efect as would happen in a "perfect" stroke. PR E S SU R E ST R OK E Tis is the ideal stroke to begin the learning process. It teaches you how to press down to open the brush and release pressure as you pull to taper the shape. Determine the easiest direction for you to pull the stroke—toward you, away from you, or from side-to-side. We ofen use a number of strokes to create a shape, such as for the leaves in this project. Always allow one stroke to dry before pulling in the adjacent stroke. Tis prevents a ridge of paint from forming between the strokes. S K I L L B U I L D E R

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