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koi pond
by Susan Wimbley, OSCI

By Susan Wimbley, OSCI
-Sand Colored Cabinet Door, Available at Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores
FolkArt Acrylic Paints
-402 Light Blue
-713 Coastal Blue
-513 Cayman Blue
-519 Hydrangea
-405 Teal
-901 Wicker White
-925 Thicket
-922 Bayberry
-447 Leaf Green
-406 Hunter Green
-448 Green Forest
-945 Maple Syrup
-939 Butter Pecan
-938 Licorice
-736 School Bus Yellow
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-628 Pure Orange
FolkArt Sparkles
-266 Silver
-265 Gold
FolkArt Metallcs
-668 Plum
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-4 Flat
-12 Flat
-16 Flat
-3/4 Flat
-Small Scruffy
-Large Scruffy
-4 Filbert
-10 Filbert
-Script Liner
-Fan Brush
Additional Supplies
-991 Glazing Medium
-789 Matte Sealer
-Fine Sandpaper
-Stylus or Pencil
-Tracing Paper
The sample was done on a sand colored cabinet door. Wipe away any dirt or grime. Lightly sand if needed. With a damp sponge and chosen frame color to match your décor, (Leaf Green was used on the sample) stain the frame around the center of the door. Transfer the pattern.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
With various pale blues, using a sponge or the 3/4" flat brush streak the sky in after choosing your horizon line. Demo used Light Blue, Hydrangea and Cayman Blue. Below the horizon, streak in the darker blues and blue greens for the pond. Demo used Teal and Coastal Blue. After sky is dry, use Cayman Blue to streak in the bottom of your clouds. Load the scruffy brush with Wicker White and pounce in some clouds. For the back layer add in some Glazing Medium and use pure paint as layers come forward. Use another scruffy to soften the clouds if desired.
Double load the #12 flat with Maple Syrup and Butter Pecan, block in the rocks in irregular forms. When dry use Floating Medium and Wicker White to float in highlights.
Using Wicker White and Cayman or Coastal Blue streak in your waterfall with a fan brush. Use the tip of the fan to make froth below the falls. Keep the fall reasonably straight. Hold the handle straight toward the ceiling and use inky paint with a gentle touch!
Grassy Land:
Using a 3/4" Flat Brush base coat the land area with Thicket. Then add fan brush sea grass, (like the waterfall but flick/pull sideways off a liner brush stem) ferns (using your liner for the center stem and a small filbert or flat doing push turn lift leaves opposite each other going up the stem, with one at the tip) Cattails (using your small scruffy and pouncing in a straight line for the tops with Maple Syrup and Butter Pecan) and green fan brush grass, using other greens as desired. Float some shadow, using a 3/4" flat brush, around the bottom of the land with Burnt Umber and Floating Medium and add some froth around the base of the land with Wicker White on your fan brush.
Trace or draw your Koi fish. Base coat with Wicker White and let dry. For the Orange Koi use a #4 and #12 flat brush double loaded with Pure Orange and School bus Yellow to streak in the coloration, then add “C” strokes to define scales. Use your liner and inky Licorice to make the gill, eye, fin lines and mustache. Outlining is optional, but keep it delicate! Optional: Add Gold Sparkles for shimmer on scales.
For the splotchy Koi, use Licorice and Pure Orange and dab on spots wherever desired with the #4 flat brush and then add details with your liner.
When completed use the #12 or 3/4" flat brush with Floating Medium and just a touch of Licorice and wash over the fish to put them under water…..Wash over parts of the lily petals as well.
Water Lilies:
Double loaded the #12 flat brush in Hunter Green and Italian Sage. Form your water lily leaves by making a ruffled circle which starts on the outside of the “V” notch. Load the script liner with Hunter Green, make slashes in the leaves. (See Worksheet) and then with the #10 filbert brush, make push turn, lift petals for the flowers using Wicker White. Double load the small scruffy with School bus Yellow and Hunter Green and pounce a small center.
Transparent Pond Flowers:
Using a “dirty” #4 flat brush or #10 filbert brush (with Thicket green on it) dab in small 4 petal flowers where desired. Add a small dot of School Bus Yellow to the centers.
Pond Grass:
Using any small flat brush and paint tall grasses in the water, as well as some chisel edge fronds. These are made similar to an Iris leaf. Demo used Hunter and Italian Sage.
Double load the 3/4" flat brush with Thicket and Italian Sage. Paint modified “C” strokes to form the left and right side of the bamboo stalk. Keep the points flattened a bit. This stroke is similar to holly. Blend the center Sage section. With the chisel edge of your brush make a white line from one side to the other at the joint. Follow with a Burnt Umber line just below the Wicker White. Float Burnt umber on the right side of the stalk. Leaves come at joints and are elongated similar to the Iris. Angle your #12 flat brush and pull toward the tip ending on the chisel edge. These are not ONE Stroke push, turn, and lift leaves. Some are placed on straight stems coming from a joint and some are clustered.
Two “C” strokes form the head with Hunter Green and Wicker White. The body strokes are initially straight pulls that begin to angle toward the narrower part of the body. The brush ends on a chisel and pulls the tails. The wings should be long and made with the chosen flat brush and the Hunter Green diluted with Wicker White. The brush starts on the chisel edge and pulls out to the length of the wing, angles in slightly and then on the chisel back to the start point. Fill in with the Green/White. Line-work can be done in Hunter Green for the wing outline, veins, legs and antenna. When dry, glaze with Metallic Amethyst.
Grass in Foreground:
Using any combination of greens from your piece, make chisel edge strokes with a flat brush, placing them in front of the Bamboo at the base of the piece. Optional: Use Fan Brush.
When dry, seal with Matte Sealer.
Prior to relocating to PA in October 2001, Susan studied with Elite One Stroke Instructor Dot Bishop, in Baltimore, for over a year. She caught the addiction early, and has painted on “anything that did not move.” Her new home in Red Lion, PA is full of murals, painted furniture, faux finishing and accent pieces.
Susan started her education as an art major at Towson University, in Towson, MD, but got sidetracked with marriage and children. She has dabbled over the last 30 years in various crafts, but with One Stroke she found her true artistic passion. “Teaching One Stroke has offered me a great transition into a new community, and following Donna’s sharing model has become my daily way of life. Teaching was my goal in 1963--- it only took a lifetime to finally reach it. I thank Donna every day for leading me down the most fulfilling road I can imagine.”
Susan currently teaches at Ben Franklin Crafts in York, PA; and at local Senior Centers. She also offers personal instruction and does travel teaching for workshops and seminars.
“I always wanted initials behind my name. My kids have MS, and RN…. but OSCI will do for me!”
Susan Wimbley, OSCI can be reached at:
165 Furlong Way
Red Lion, PA 17356