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vegetable floor cloth
by Cathy Becker, Elite OSCI




VEGETABLE FLOOR CLOTH
By Cathy Becker, Elite OSCI

SURFACE
-Inexpensive Vinyl Flooring Cut to Size, 18” x 36”, Available at Home Depot

Palette
FolkArt Acrylic Paints
-901 Wicker White
-924 Thicket
-645 Basil
-741 Glazed Carrots
-432 Sunflower
-939 Butter Pecan
-436 Engine Red

FolkArt Artists' Pigment
-689 Pure Magenta
-459 Hauser Green Light
-462 Burnt Umber
-686 Burnt Carmine
-917 Yellow Ochre

Brushes
FolkArt One Stroke™ Brushes
-¾” Flat
-12 Flat
-2 Script Liner
-6 Flat
-6 Filbert


Additional Supplies
-Stylus or Pencil
-Transfer Paper
-FolkArt Outdoor Sealer
-Large One Stroke Sponge
-White Latex Exterior Trim Paint

Preparation
Cut vinyl to size of floor cloth. Reverse and paint felt side of vinyl with two coats of white latex exterior trim paint. Let dry. Double load large One Stroke sponge with Wicker White and Butter Pecan. Paint small sections of the floor cloth with this mixture of paint in a circular motion. Pat painted area with bottom of sponge to blend.  Immediately move on to the next section of the surface until the entire area has been painted. It should have a soft washed appearance.
Load an old toothbrush with inky Burnt Umber. Spatter the painted floor cloth.
Note:  Hauser Light Green and Basil Green are mixed together to create the “Green Mix”

PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)

Carrots:
Completely load the ¾” flat brush with Glazed Carrots. Walk one side of the brush through Pure Magenta and blend. Begin at the top of the carrot shape and work your way down one side of the carrot, turning your brush so that it forms a point on its chisel edge on the bottom. Repeat the same procedure above only flip your brush so that the Magenta side is now on the opposite side of the carrot. Paint the opposite side of the carrot in the same way. When dry, load the ¾” flat with Floating Medium and walk through a little Pure Magenta. Shade the carrots. Load the #2 script liner with inky Glazed Carrots and paint little roots and lines. When carrot is completely dry, load a dry brush with wicker white, brush excess on paper towel and highlight carrots with a light sweeping motion.
Double load the ¾” flat brush with Green Mix and Thicket. Paint carrot top of carrot.  Paint with chisel edge. Stippled Foliage: Stipple with a scruffy brush using Green Mix and Thicket.


Corn:
Multi-load the ¾” flat brush with three fourths Sunflower and one fourth Yellow Ochre.  Paint outline of corn cob. Kernels - Side load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White. The brush has paint on only one side. Paint “c” stroke kernels, starting at tip of ear and overlapping them as you work toward the base of the ear. Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Mixture and Thicket. Make an upside down “U” stroke, then a “U” stroke to create the stem of the cob. Double load the ¾” flat with Green Mixture and Thicket. Start on flat of the brush and lift to the chisel edge as you get to the point of the husk leaf.
Load the ¾” flat brush with Floating Medium, walk through a little Pure Magenta and shade the husk where necessary.

Leeks:
Double load the ¾” flat brush with Green Mix and Thicket. Paint leaves of leeks, overlapping each other. Completely load while dirty the ¾” flat brush with Wicker White and paint the actual leek at the bottom of the leaves. Load the ¾” flat brush with Floating Medium and add a little Pure Magenta to one side to shade the leek where necessary.
Roots are a brush mix of inky Glazed Carrots and Burnt Umber on your #2 script liner.

Eggplant:
Completely load ¾” the flat brush with Pure Magenta, side load one side of the brush in Wicker White. Now you have a dark Magenta and a light Magenta. Paint outline of eggplant and fill in. Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Mixture and Thicket.  Paint leaves. Load the ¾” flat brush with Floating Medium. Side load half into Burnt Carmine and shade eggplant and leaves.
Radishes:
Completely load the ¾” flat brush with Engine Red. Side load in Wicker White and paint outline of radish. When dry shade top with Pure Magenta. Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Mixture and Thicket. Paint leaves. Load the #2 script liner with inky Wicker White and paint roots. Load the #12 flat brush with Floating Medium and Pure Magenta.  Shade leaves.

Bell Pepper
Completely load the ¾” flat brush with Green Mixture - paint shape of pepper.
Completely load the ¾” flat brush with Thicket and paint inside perimeter of pepper.
When dry, load the ¾” flat brush with Floating Medium and Pure Magenta. Float around dark green edge of pepper. Completely load the ¾” flat brush with Wicker White - add Sunflower on one side. Paint seed pod shape. Alternately, load the #6 filbert brush in Wicker White and Sunflower. Pounce into seed pod area to create seeds.

Peas;
Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Mixture and Thicket. Paint outline of pea pod.  If you stop here, you have created a pea pod which is not opened. Opened peapod. Load the #12 flat brush with Green mixture and side load into a little Magenta. Paint perimeter of circles to form peas. Completely load the #12 flat brush with Thicket and paint shell around peas.

Raspberries:
Completely load the #12 flat brush with Magenta or Burnt Carmine and paint the form of the raspberry “U” stroke, with an upside down “U” stroke. Double load the #6 flat brush with Magenta and Wicker White and paint seeds on top of the Burnt Carmine berry.
Double load the #6 flat brush with Burnt Carmine and Wicker White and paint seeds on top of the Magenta berry. Let dry. Shade bottom of each berry with the opposite “dark” color.

Flowers:
Completely load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White, load ½ of the brush with Yellow Ochre, walk through Magenta. Paint wiggle petal. Combine petals to create flowers.
Load the #2 script liner brush with Thicket and dot centers of flowers. Buds are created by overlapping petals at the same point. Side view of a petal is a chisel edge stroke from the outside in.

One Stroke Leaves and Vines:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Green Mixture and Thicket. Side load into a little Magenta occasionally. Paint vines and one stroke leaves.

Curlicues:
Completely load the #2 script liner brush into inky Thicket and create curlicues.  Remember, keep the brush handle straight up, you are moving your shoulder, and concentrate on those tiny little hairs at the bottom of the brush as you paint.

Finish:
Sign your name. Seal with three coats of FolkArt Outdoor Sealer


BIOGRAPHY

Well, I was a real estate paralegal twenty-five years ago and hated every minute of it. I knew there had to be something I could do outside of an office and typing, but had no clue what it could be.  As luck would have it I met Donna back in August of 1996 and was able to be in her first Teacher Certification class in June of 1997. I had no previous artistic talent that I was aware of, but Donna, Marc and One Stroke unlocked more doors than I could have ever imagined. One of my dreams when I was college age was to become a teacher. I never did get that degree, but now I am a teacher. I never thought I had any artistic ability, but now, I paint the homes of many and they are thrilled! UGH! How did I ever end up in this wonderful world? It's still magic to me!

Donna and Marc created the Elite, OSCI program and I jumped on that bandwagon as soon as I could and became an Elite, OSCI in September, 2000. From there I started traveling for Donna and teaching two-day One Stroke Workshops. I had been painting walls for a few years by then and thought the One Stroke community would like a Wall Painting Workshop. So with Donna's help, I put together a curriculum for a Two-Day Wall Painting Workshop. I've been teaching it for a couple of years now and it's been really a lot of fun.

Now, I'm at a new cross-road. I've completed all the requirements for becoming a Certifying Elite and with Board approval will soon be teaching One Stroke Teacher Certification Seminars in 2004. I just can't wait to be able to help more of us find that “magic”. I've found that the joy of sharing One Stroke with others is just about equal to that joy I found from actually painting itself.

I have to thank my husband, Bob, and my two children, Rob and Kate, for putting up with all my craziness and pushing me along. They've encouraged me all along this journey and helped me to see that One Stroke Painting is more magical than you can imagine!

Cathy Becker, Elite, OSCI can be contacted at:
Email: cathy@cathy.onestroke.com