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victorian violin case
by Gill Foster, OSCI

By Gill Foster, OSCI
-Old Violin and Case
Look for one at an auction, car boot sale or in the music section of your local paper. Mine was given to me by an ex colleague. I liked the idea of having a violin sitting in a corner as an ornament - I love the curved shape and the tactile feel of the old wood. Being a passionate ONE Stroker, I couldn’t wait to get the case painted!
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-432 Sunflower
-449 Olive Green
-901 Wicker White
-902 Taffy
-935 Raspberry Wine
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-12 Flat
-¾” Flat
-1” Flat
-6 Flat
-Script Liner
Additional Supplies
-Sheet Music
-Cling Film
-Fine Grade Sandpaper
-Tack Cloth
-Stylus or Pencil
-Transfer Tool
-Tracing Paper
-Graphite Paper
-Instant Coffee
-Spattering Tool or Old Toothbrush
-693 Glazing Medium
-791 Satin Varnish
Remove fittings from case if possible, sand surface using fine grade sandpaper and wipe with the tack cloth. Apply 2 coats of primer (or gesso) and allow to dry between coats. Using a 1” flat brush, basecoat with Yellow Ochre and allow to dry. Using the 1” flat brush apply one part Glazing Medium mixed with one part Taffy, (adjust the depth of colour with more or less paint as required). Cover with cling film and, placing both hands on the film, randomly slide one hand towards you and the other away from you squeezing the film between your fingers. When you are happy with the effect gently rub your hand over the cling film. Lift the film from the surface and leave to dry.
Enlarge the pattern to appropriate size and trace and transfer on to the surface
Preparation of Sheet Music
Tear sheet music to size. Make up some weak coffee and allow to cool. Apply to sheet music with ¾” brush and leave to dry. Make up some strong coffee and, when cool, splatter over the sheet to give an aged, spotted effect. Rub some strong coffee round the edge with your finger.
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(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Double load the ¾” flat brush Raspberry Wine and Wicker White. Paint the large roses. Paint the medium small buds using a #12 flat brush and use a #6 flat brush for the small buds.
Leaves, Stems, Stamens and Calyxes:
Double Load the ¾” flat brush with Olive Green and Wicker White. Paint the wiggle and ONE Stroke leaves. Leading with white and on the chisel edge paint the stems, stamens and calyxes.
Note: To pick up Raspberry Wine on the large leaves make a “tail” of paint using the handle of a brush and lay the middle of the chisel edge over the “tail”. Blend the 3 colours together.
Load script liner with inky Olive Green and paint curlicues, moving your arm from the shoulder.
When dry spray with 2 coats acrylic sealer. Attach any fittings you have removed.
I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and I started One Stroke painting in March, 2001. The very first time I saw a rose being painted I knew I would become addicted. I really did practice, practice, practice until November 2002, when I attended Donna’s first European certification in England. If Donna had not come to the UK my intention was to travel to the US to attend certification. Although I only became an OSCI in November last year, I have been teaching ONE Stroke for 2 years and have lots of OSAs (ONE Stroke addicts) here in Scotland. I love to demonstrate, give talks and travel teach. Although it has been hard work I have met so many nice people and had such fun teaching ONE Stroke. I love looking at other painters’ sites and picture albums as they are such a source of inspiration. I am working on my first pattern packet which I hope will shortly be on my website.
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