by Roz Minch
* Source: Light denim shirt
* Paints: (924) Thicket, (987) Wicker White, (469) Dark Plum, (462) Burnt Umber (AP), (917) Yellow Ochre (AP), (434) Berry Wine.
* Brushes: One Stroke #10 flat, and #8 flat.
* Mediums: (794) Textile medium
* Additional supplies: Tracing paper and transfer paper
STEP-BY STEP PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS:
* Prepare shirt by washing and ironing.
* Trace and transfer pattern.
* Use textile medium, if desired, for better coverage. Load brush first, then dip into medium and work into brush .
* Paint stems and ferns. Load #10 flat brush with wicker white and thicket. Lead with wicker white. Paint stems for wild flowers , ferns, and grass.
* For fern frond, use same brush, and pull towards the stem. When done with ferns, go back to stem and redo.
* Wild Flowers. Load # 8 flat brush with berry wine and wicker white. Using chisel edge, make short downward strokes to the stem. Occasionally, pick up dark plum on the wicker white side of the brush , to highlight.
* 5 petal flowers. Double load a #10 flat brush with dark plum and wicker white. With wicker white to the outside, paint 5 petal flowers. Using handle of brush, dot centers with yellow ochre.
* 5 petal flower. Double load a # 10 flat brush with wicker white and yellow ochre, with wicker white to the outside, paint 5 petal flower. Using the handle of a very pointed brush, dot centers of flowers several times with burnt umber.
* 5 petal flower. Double load #10 flat brush with burnt umber and wicker white. With wicker white to the outside, paint 5 petal flower. Using the handle of a very pointed brush, dot centers several times with wicker white.
* 5 petal flower. Double load #10 flat brush with berry wine and wicker white. With wicker white to the outside, paint 5 petal flower. Alternate berry wine to the outside. With handle of a very pointed brush, dot centers several times with yellow ochre.
STEPS TO FINISH PROJECT:
* Let shirt thoroughly dry. 24 hours.
* Heat set shirt with iron or put in dryer for 15 minutes
STEP-BY-STEP COLOR WORK SHEET: Refer to Donna’s work book titled "Decorative Furniture", Wild flowers and ferns on tray table, page 99.
I started painting One Stroke in August of 2001. I was going through a lot of turmoil at my job and used the One Stroke method of painting as a stress reliever. And it worked! Every time I painted, my mind was focused on my project, rather than what was happening at my job. Eventually in October of 2001, I quit my job, and started painting full time.
My husband Gordy, had more confidence in me than I did. He is the one that kept pushing me, and telling me I should sell some of my pieces. I thought they were awful, but he took some to work one day, and sold them all. From there it just took off. In September of 2002, I went to Portland, Oregon to become certified. I had no idea what I was getting into, and several times contemplated not going. My husband again, encouraged me to go. I had been painting for just over a year, and didn't think I had enough experience. Today I am so glad I went, because this was an event in my life I will never forget.
I learned so much and met many new friends, especially the woman I sat next to for 3 days, Julie Fittier, from Arlington, Washington. We have been friends ever since, and have helped one another on our teaching careers. Donna has inspired me so much, that I have decided to teach full time at my house. My husband Gordy, reminds me of Donna’s husband Marc. She kept saying her husband is the one that keeps pushing her. I guess both of us married men that truly believe in their wives!! We should both be very proud of that.
Teaching is a wonderful thing. Just to have the opportunity to share this method of painting, with others, just gives me the biggest thrill. To actually teach someone to paint, who has never picked up a brush, in just 2-3 hours, and watching them walk out knowing that now they to can do it, is truly gratifying. I recommend to everyone out there, to become a certified teacher, and pass on this wonderful method to others. You will never regret it.
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STEP-BY-STEP COLOR WORK SHEET:
Refer to Donna’s work book titled "Decorative Furniture", Wild flowers and ferns on tray table, page 99.