blaze of color
by Deborah Bremer, OSCI
Blaze Of Color Holly Hock Window
By Deborah Bremer, O.S.C.I.
Folk ArtArtists’ Pigment
#917 Yellow Ochre
#458 Sap Green
Folk Art Acrylic Color:
#736 School Bus Yellow
#643 Azure Blue
#901 Wicker White
#434 Berry Wine
Folk Art Mediums
#868 Floating Medium
Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer # 1301
Folk Art 897 Outdoor Satin Sealer
Folk Art One Stroke Brushes:
1176 ¾” Flat
1271 #1 Script Liner
1272 #2 Script Liner
1172 Scruffy Brush
1206 ½” Scruffy
Medium Grit Sanding Brick
Lint Free Cloths or Good Quality Paper Towels (Bounty was used for the project)
White or Blue Chaco Paper (For Transferring Pattern onto Prepared Window If desired)
½” Masking Tape
Preparing the Widow for Painting:
With Sanding Brick go over the wooden window frame smoothing out any badly peeling or extremely rough surfaces. I never take the wood down totally smooth. I like to leave some roughness on it to keep the aged and weathered look.
Wipe down with dampened paper towel or cloth to remove any dust. Then wipe down the widow with Window cleaner, let dry and then wipe glass down with alcohol and let dry. Mask off glass area of window with ½” masking tape. Try to handle the glass are as little as possible once you have cleaned it so you avoid transferring any oils that may be on your hands to the glass. You can also wear rubber gloves when handling the window to prevent this.
Painting Window Frame and preparing glass for painting:
Dampen household sponge and blot out excess water with paper towel. Squeeze out half dollar size puddle of FA Azure Blue paint, dip end of sponge into it and apply one good coat of Azure blue along wooden areas of window.
Squeeze out quarter size puddle of Wicker white on plastic plate and pick up a slight amount on same side of sponge and lightly stroke it back and forth along the wooden areas here and there in a sweeping motion being careful not to apply too much white.
You just want touches of it here and there along the window. See Picture for a guideline.
When it has dried completely spray entire window on one side with 2 coats of Krylon Clear. Take care when spraying the glass panes to not over spray or spray to close and cause the spray to either fog up on the glass or run. This gives the window a slightly frosted look and the glass “tooth” so your paint will adhere to the glass better.
Let dry thoroughly and then transfer patterns.
There are two methods of using the patterns if you do not wish to freehand the design.
First Method is to place the rough side of Chaco Paper on the spayed side of the window and then place your pattern over it and using a pencil with gently pressure trace the pattern.
The second method is to enlarge or reduce as needed and cut the pattern to size and tape it to the back of the window (the side with no spray on it) this lets you see the pattern though the glass.
If you are comfortable free handing a design an just want a slight guide you can take a piece of chalk and draw your own flowers in on top of the sprayed side of the glass, using the patterns as a guide.
Painting the Design:
Place some thicket and some Sunflower on your palette and double load your Scruffy with them. Pounce in the moss all along the bottom of the lower windowpanes. Keeping the Thicket on the top. Being careful not to over pounce and muddy your colors you want a nice blended distinction of color so it will give the design depth. See worksheet#2 for an example.
Flowers and buds:
Rose Shaded Holly Hocks:
See Worksheet # 1 for examples of all flowers, and buds.
Double load your ¾ “ Flat with Wicker White and Berry Wine. Keeping the Berry Wine on the outer edge wiggle your strokes to make the shell stroke. You will make 5 of these joined together to complete the full bloom. Make your buds using the same brush and colors. Using your ½” Scruffy double loaded with Yellow Ochre and Wicker White pounce in the center of you blooms keeping the Yellow Ochre on the top. See Color Picture for placement of buds blooms and leaves.
Burgundy and Yellow Holly Hocks:
Double load your ¾” Flat with Berry Wine and School Bus Yellow. Make your strokes keeping the School Bus Yellow on the outer edge. Make your buds using the same brush and colors.
Using your ½” Scruffy double loaded with Yellow Ochre and Wicker White pounce in the center of you blooms keeping the Yellow Ochre on the top. See Color Picture for placement
Yellow and White Holly Hocks:
Double load your ¾” flat with Sunflower and Wicker white. Make your strokes keeping the Wicker White on the outer edge. Make your Buds using the same strokes and colors. Using your ½” Scruffy double loaded with Yellow Ochre and Wicker White pounce in the center of you blooms keeping the Yellow Ochre on the top. See Color Picture for placement
Stems and leaves:
See Worksheet #2 for examples of all stems and leaves.
Using your ¾” flat double load with Sap Green and Sunflower stroke in your stems and stamens on your blooms then your leaves.
Let widow dry over night then spray side where you have painted the design including the wooden window frame on that side with 2 light coats of Kyrlon Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer. Seal the other side with Plaids Brush on Outdoor Sealer in your choice of finish. I use Satin on my windows.
If you have any questions about the article please feel free to contact me.
Deborah M Bremer O.S.C.I.
Summerville, South Carolina
Biography- Deborah Bremer
I am second generation Artist, and have been involved in painting or drawing in some form since the age of 4. My Mother Inez Davis was a wonderful and gifted ceramic Artist who taught for years and passed a great deal of her knowledge of ceramics to me. I was entering ceramic shows at a very young age and blessed to have won several awards in them as well. It is because of her I went on to certify to teach ceramics in 2 color companies and why I teach One Stroke now.
Her touch is evident in every stroke I make and if she was still on this earth I know she would have been at the Orlando Certification in 2002 Certifying right along with me and the rest of the Creative Itches. They say we all carry a part of our loved ones with us always and with me that is especially true I see it every time I make a stroke. I am carrying on my Mothers legacy through One Stroke and passing it on to my daughter in law Bertha .As well as my grandson J.T. who while he may only be 3 still loves to get out the brushes and paint with his Granny.
I live in Summerville, South Carolina and had my first experience with One Stoke 3 yrs. ago when I worked at Michaels Craft Store as their Event Coordinator, taught Kids Club classes and also taught stenciling and painting classes and rubber-stamping. After leaving Michaels 18 months later I devoted my time to learning the One Stroke with my sites set on teaching it and sharing it with others.
I have been teaching for over a year and now do so privately twice a week and am proud of the fact that my windows and other creations can be found in homes all over SC. I also demonstrate One Stroke in our area as well. I have to say however I am proudest of my students. These ladies never fail to amaze me. They are never afraid to just jump right in and try a new stroke and they will go home and try things out all on their own as well. How lucky those of us are who teach it is such a wonderful thing to be able to pass on some of yourself as well.
I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man for over 20 years and have 2 grown sons and a 3-year-old grandson. My husband, myself and my oldest son are also Naval Veterans who served our country with great pride.
You may reach me at the phone number below or email me with any questions you may have about the articles.
Deborah Bremer O.S.C.I