What you needHeart Shaped Stool. Available at Michael's and Joann's Fabrics
Folk Art Paints: Italian Sage, Wicker White, Raw Umber, Berrywine, Thicket, Sunflower, Dioxazine Purple.
One Stroke Brushes: #12 Flat, Script liner
Please lightly sand your stool and base coat in white prior to class. I recommend spraying your stool with Folk Art Sanding Sealer before sanding. Sanding Sealer is located with the Folk Art and Krylon Sealers.
Faux Finish: Using your large scruffy or a household sponge, double load with Folk Art paint – Italian Sage and Wicker White. Pounce entire surface of stool. Be careful not to over pounce the colors too much. You should be able to see both colors and have a mottled effect.
Paint the Vines: Using your #12 Flat brush, double load with Raw Umber and Wicker White. On the chisel edge paint the grape vine. Keep your brush straight up and down (think of a string tied to the handle pulling toward the ceiling) and move your whole arm.
Paint the Rose Buds: With your #12 flat brush double loaded with Berrywine and Wicker White, paint the rose buds. Determine the width of the rose bud by making 2 parallel lines to use as your guidelines. Double load your brush with a dark color and a light color. Start on the chisel edge and push “up and over the hill.” Stroke a “U” shape for the bottom section of the bud. Stroke another shape slightly off center and then chisel edge on each side. This will give the illusion of additional petals.
Paint the Leaves: Paint the leaves with a #12 flat brush double loaded with Thicket and sunflower. (If you don’t clean your brush you will be able to get some beautiful highlighting of pink in your leaves.) Start on the chisel, lay the bristles down on their side and slightly turn the outer edge of your brush in the direction you want the leaf to point. Slide to the chisel edge for the point.
Curly Cues and String Bow: Now is one of the few times you can use water in this method of painting. With a #2 script liner, add a small amount of water to the thicket paint to make an inky consistency. Load the brush with the inky paint, and remove the excess by rolling the brush until it’s loaded but not dripping. Now paint the curlicues using only the tip of the brush. It helps to brace your pinky finger against the paper; you can steady the brush and guide the stroke. Do the same for the String bow using Dioxazine Purple.