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Saturday, 22 January 2011

One Stroke painting...

...and a little pink teddy.

I thought you might like to meet the little pink teddy that I created using a painting technique called 'One Stroke'. It is a technique that was made very popular for home decor by a lady called Donna Dewberry who used to visit QVC here in the UK quite regularly. She showed how easy it was to create wonderful lifelike flowers by loading the paintbrush with more than one colour and using different types of strokes. As an extention to this she also showed how to create a fluffy look for things that were furry...
Little pink ted was created using a small hoof shaped stippling brush to give that patchy fluffy look.
Pink ted lives on a tissue box cover that I made for the bedroom. The cover is one of those papiermache bare boxes that you can pick up at lots of craft outlets (especially chains like HobbyCraft and The Range). It was base coated with acrylic paint in Soldier Blue.
The lid was decorated with two corner clusters of rosebuds and leaves. The stroke used to create the rosebuds requires a small flat brush to be double loaded with paint - in this case, pink one side and white the other. The stroke is a sort of 'c' shape...one the right way and one the wrong way to form a tube. The leaves use a round brush - double loaded and you sort of splodge, drag & pull up (very much technical terms those...LOL)
I decorated the other sides of the box with a variety of flowers, leaves, trailing bits and buds. I'm not sure what you would call the large pink flower but it was quite pretty and was created using a cluster of the rosebud shapes.
The daisy uses a double loaded round brush and the stroke is a bit like a splodged teardrop shape drawn in towards the centre of the flower and then the centre is stippled over the top.

I can remember spending loads of time at a 'One Stroke' class practicing the various stroke shapes on scrap paper until they looked right - it seemed such a chore at the time but it was worth it because it really does make a difference to how the images come out............................

7 comments:

handmade hannah said...

Great techniques there. Love the effects you have got with the teddy.

Anonymous said...

I remember it well, that flipping hours doing 'one stroke' time after time. But as you said,it was worth it..... Happy Days well except for the tutor!

Kerryanne English said...

Lovely painting Toni.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Scrappy~Sarah said...

you are very clever that is beautiful :)

Glen said...

That box is beautiful Toni. I'm not a teddy lover myself but I can see how fab that technique has turned out and you have done a great job. Love the flowers. TFS. ~Glen~

Winnie said...

Great painting Toni. The teddy is gorgeous as are the flowers. A lovely piece.

Alix said...

oh those flowers are darling!