By Judith Kraker, O.S.C.i.
Tray, purchased from Michaels
Folk-Art Acrylic Colors
#224 Black Cherry
#649 Warm White
#434 Berry Wine
#924 Thicket Green
#901 Wicker White
#945 Maple Syrup
#676 Metallic Inca Gold
Folk-Art One Stroke Brushes
#10 and #12 Flats
#1171, Set of Script Liners
# 1177, #8 & #10 Flats
Clear Contact Paper
Beugler Striper (Optional)
Exacto Knife (Optional)
Sanding Sealer # 772
Spray tray with sanding sealer and let dry. Sand well and wipe with tack cloth.
Paint inside bottom of tray with two coats of Warm White, sanding between coats.
After thoroughly dry, ‘sand’ tray with a piece of brown paper bag that has no printing.
Cut a piece of clear contact paper the size of the inside bottom of tray. Fold contact paper in quarters. Cut off a good 3/4" on the unfolded sides (outside edges only). Cut the corner design according to the pattern sheet. Unfold once (still folded in half) and draw the heart according to the pattern sheet and cut it out. Unfold all and lay in bottom of tray. The paper should show at least a good 3/4" around all sides with the center heart cut out.
Remove backing from contact paper and carefully place back in the tray, making sure the design is centered side-to-side and top to bottom. Run your fingernail around ALL the edges to be sure they are stuck tight. You don’t want dark paint to bleed under the contact paper.
Paint the rest of the tray with Black Cherry, using a sponge brush. Be careful to get in all the corners. Paint from the contact paper out onto the sides. Do not paint from the side onto the contact paper because this will force the paint to bleed under the contact paper’s edge. Paint the rest of the tray — inside heart and all the outsides. You may need two coats, sanding between coats. Let dry. Final sanding is done with a brown paper bag.
Using an Exacto Knife, carefully lift off the contact paper. There may be some bleeding, which will be covered with the gold stripe. If bleeding is larger than a stripe will cover, repair with Warm White.
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Double-load a # 12 flat with Maple Syrup and Sunflower. Using the chisel edge, paint the first part of the vine directly over the line formed where the two colors meet. Then, paint wavy vines all around the heart with ‘trailing vines’ coming off both the top and bottom of the heart, as well as a few around the sides. Clean the brush.
Double-load a #12 flat with Berry Wine and Wicker White. Paint the rosebuds according to the directions on the worksheet. See picture for placement. Also, paint two rosebuds in each corner on the Black Cherry paint.
Double-load a #10 flat with Thicket and Sunflower. Paint the calyx along the edges of the rosebuds. For this design, paint a ‘short calyx’ just up to the end of the rosebuds. Don’t forget to put them on the corner rosebuds too.
Double-load a #10 flat with Thicket and Sunflower. Paint the One Stroke leaves according to the directions on the worksheet. Be sure to pull in the stem right after painting the leaf. You need to have the paint wet to show the stem going into the leaf. Also, paint some ‘trailing stems’ in, around, and through the leaves, trailing out of the design a bit. Paint one or two One Stroke leaves on the bottom of the corner rosebuds, again pulling stems into the leaves.
Mix Metallic Inca Gold and Yellow Ochre (ratio: 1:1). Load a script liner with this paint mix, making sure the paint is thinned (Inky consistency) with a little water. Carefully paint a stripe directly on the color line between the soft white and Black Cherry. Paint all around the design. Then, paint curls in the vortex of each corner design.
For the outside stripes, use the Inca Gold / Yellow Ocher mix. Paint the stripes on the top edge, inside, and outside of the sides, using the script liner. Allow a small space between the lines on the sides. (For the stripes on this piece, I used the Beugler Striper, which works very well for getting uniform stripes. However, you do NOT need to purchase this in order to paint these stripes. You can do it by hand with the script liner brush, going very slowly to ensure smooth lines.)
Sign your name!
Check to be sure all surfaces are dry and smooth. If rough, re-sand with a brown paper bag. Then seal with Krylon Crystal Clear spray. I gave it two coats, allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats.
Judith began with Oil Tole painting in 1980 and soon switched to Oil Landscapes, taking classes at the University of Wisconsin — Fond du Lac campus, where she studied under professional artist, Rockne Knuthe. She took many classes on drawing, landscape art, and bird art. Judith was a member of the Fond du Lac Artists Association, where she showed in jurried shows and sold numerous paintings.
In 1994, Judith moved back to western Michigan and quit painting for some time. She took painting up again about a year ago after seeing Donna Dewberry on her local PBS station. She signed up for the Chicago Certification in October, 2002, and is now a One Stroke Certified Instructor. She is teaching One Stroke at a Hobby Lobby in Jenison, Michigan and is team-teaching One Stroke with another OSCI, Kathy Blough, at a Michaels in Grandville, Michigan.
Judith also teaches Oil Landscapes at a Michaels in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a member of the Society of Decorative Painters and hopes to acquire the "Teacher of Decorative Arts" designation through their Teacher Development Program as well as become an "Elite" OSCI with Donna. Judith recently submitted a proposal for doing a painted project for the Holland (MI) Area Arts Council who sponsors artists’ work — similar to the "Cows of Chicago" project.
By profession, Judith is a Credit Manager. To relieve stress, she paints! She also sews and designs clothing (when she has time) as well as plays the organ, piano or keyboard for church. She says her husband has learned that "I’m not happy if I’m not creating something beautiful"
Judith Kraker, O.S.C.I.
10205 68th Ave.
Allendale, MI 49401