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critter collector kit
by Donna Dewberry


CRITTER COLLECTOR KIT
By Donna Dewberry
SURFACE
-Plastic Bug Box and Plastic Sprinkling Can- Available at Target.
Palette
Plaid Paint for Plastic
-1317 Hunter Green
-1311Yellow
-1301 White
-1305 Crimson
-1333 Black
Brushes
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-12 Flat
-10 Flat
-8 Flat
-6 Flat
-2 Flat
-Scruffy #1206
-Mini Scruffy #1174
-Script Liner #1
Additional Supplies
-1396 Paint for Plastic Primer #1396
-1398 Paint for Plastic Sealer #1398
-Hair Dryer
-Stylus or Pencil
-Transfer Paper
Preparation
Trace and transfer pattern if needed.
Wash the bug box and the sprinkling can with soap and warm water. Allow each to dry thoroughly. Following the manufacturer's instructions, apply the primer to the surfaces to be painted.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to the color worksheet throughout)
Sitting Frog:
Double load the ½" scruffy with Hunter Green and Yellow. Add a touch of White to the Yellow side and pounce on the plate to soften the colors. Keeping the Hunter Green to the left; pounce the body of the frog. Load the mini scruffy with Hunter Green and pounce the head and eye areas. Dry these areas with a blow dryer set on the cooler setting. Double load the #12 flat brush with Hunter Green and Yellow, add a touch of White to the Yellow side and blend well to soften the colors. Using the flat side of the same brush and keeping the Yellow side up; touch, push down and slide to form the thighs of the frog. Using the chisel edge of the brush; touch, lean and pull to form the legs and arms. Load the #6 flat brush with Hunter Green. Using the flat side of the brush, paint the feet.
Back Side of Frog:
Load the #2 flat brush with Hunter Green. Using the chisel edge of the brush; touch, lean and pull short strokes to form the hands. Dip the handle of the #10 flat brush into White; dot the whites of the eyes. Allow to dry. Dip the handle of the #6 flat brush into Black; dot the pupils of the eyes. Make sure to dot the pupils on the same sides of each eye. For example: either both on the right side or both on the left side. Allow the pupils to dry. Dip the tip of the #1 script liner into White and add highlights to each eye, again making sure to dot on the same side of each pupil. Load the #1 script liner with Black and paint the nostrils and the mouth.
Leaping Frog:
The instructions for the leaping frog are the same as above except for the legs.
Load the #10 Flat with Hunter Green, Yellow and a touch of White. Using the
chisel edge and leading with the Yellow/White side; touch, lean and pull to form
the legs.
Lady Bugs:
Load the #10 flat brush with Crimson. Using the flat side of the brush; touch on the chisel edge and apply slight pressure as you turn the brush in a half circle.
Pick up fresh paint and stroke the other half of the body by turning the brush in the opposite direction. Load the #2 flat brush with Black and fill in the head area.
Load the #1 script liner with Black and paint the antennae and the line dividing the two sections of the back. Turn the brush over and dip the handle into the Black paint and place a dot at the end of each antenna and more dots on the body.
Lady Bug with Wings:
The instructions for the lady bug with wings are the same as above. However the wings are painted after the body. You might need to re-stroke the body after painting the wings to clean up the edges. Load the #8 flat brush with White and then side load a touch of Black to one edge. Side loading is done by stroking next to the puddle of paint and allowing the tips of the bristles to touch the paint puddle. Blend well to soften the Black paint. Using the flat side of the brush and keeping the Black to the outer edge stroke the wings.
Finishing:
Allow to dry over night. Then seal with the plastic sealer. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions.

"extreme strokes"
pillowcase
by Diann McDuffie, OSCI

“EXTREME STROKES” PILLOWCASE By Diann McDuffie, OSCI
SURFACE
-Solid white pillowcase available at Walmart or local Bedding Strore
Palette
FolkArt Acrylic Colors
-634 Hot Pink
-440 Violet Pansy
-736 School Bus Yellow
-938 Licorice
-901 Wicker White
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-484 Brilliant Ultramarine
-628 Pure Orange
-503 Yellow Citron
-917 Yellow Ochre
Brushes
FolkArt Starter Stroke Brushes
-Green ¾” flat
-Red #12 flat
-Yellow ½” scruffy
-Blue #4 round
Mediums—
794—Textile medium
Additional Supplies
-1 ¼ yd. Jumbo Rick Rack
-Transfer paper
-Stylus or Pencil
-794 Textile Medium
-Wax Paper
Preparation
Wash pillowcase and iron. Put a piece of wax paper on inside of pillowcase to prevent paint from bleeding through to other side. Trace and transfer pattern if desired. Tip: To use textile medium, load brush as directed below, dip into textile medium and work into brush.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to the color worksheet throughout)
Five Petal Funky Flowers:
Double load the flat green brush with Wicker White and Pure Orange. With Pure Orange to the outer edge, paint the five petal flower. To paint other flowers, repeat this process with the flat green brush double loaded with Yellow Citron and Wicker White, Violet Pansy and Wicker White, Hot Pink and Wicker White, Brilliant Ultramarine and Wicker White, always keeping Wicker White to inside.
Double load scruffy brush with School Bus Yellow and Yellow Ochre. Pounce centers of all flowers. Load round blue brush with Licorice that is made inky with Textile Medium, and loosely outline the petals.
Dragonfly:
Double load the flat red brush with Wicker White and Citron Yellow. Paint wings. To paint other dragonflies, Double load the flat red brush with Wicker White and Hot Pink, Wicker White and Ultramarine Blue, Wicker White and Pure Orange, and Wicker White and Violet Pansy. Dip end of the red brush handle into color of choice and dot the body of the dragonflies, alternating colors on the body. Load the round blue brush with Licorice that is made inky with Textile Medium and paint loosely around wings, paint the antennas and “tails” of dragonflies.
Zebra-Striped Edging:
Load the flat red brush with Licorice and Textile Medium. Paint zebra stripes on edge of the pillowcase.
Finishing:
Air dry for 24 hours then heat set. Sew Rick Rack to cover inside edge of zebra striping. Wash inside out in cool water. Hang to dry.
BIOGRAPHY
Diann began painting after watching Donna paint roses on a cake plate on TV. After buying a One Stroke book and trying One Stroke, she found her passion. She went to Houston, TX, in the summer of 2001 to receive her One Stroke certification, and began teaching classes in the spare time she had from her full time career. Within a year, Diann was able to resign from the “working world” and start her business, “Paint Puddles”. “Paint Puddles” has been “showered with blessings” (Ezekiel 34:26) from the beginning. She now teaches in 5 different places in 3 states, and spends a majority of her time filling orders for One Stroke hand painted handbags. Diann constantly prays for fun, new creative ideas that she hopes to have published in the future. Another goal for this year is to complete the Elite program.
Diann lives in Fairhope, AL, with her husband J.D. and their two West Highland White Terriers. In her spare time she teaches high school girls’ Sunday School, writes Youth Sunday School material and women’s devotions and helps J.D., who is a Student Minister at Faith Baptist Church in Fairhope.
Contact information:
Diann McDuffie
9890 Suburban Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532
Phone--251-928-2311
Fax—251-928-9920
Emailed at diannmcduffie@hotmail.com

flying fish game
by Cindy Sgroi, OSCI


FLYING FISHIES
Cindy Sgroi, OSCI
SURFACE
-Pizza Pan, available at Walmart Department Stores
Palette
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-455 Medium Yellow
FolkArt Metallics
-672 Mint Pearl
-669 Periwinkle
-661 Sequin Black
-656 Blue Sapphire
-659 Pearl White
-674 Peach Pearl
-493 Bright Red
-652 Rose Shimmer
FolkArt Sparkles
-255 Iridescent Pearl
Brushes
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-6 Flat
-8 Flat
-10Flat
-12 Flat
-¾” Flat
-Large Scruffy
-2 Script Liner
Additional Supplies
-Craft Foam (Green and Orange)
-Fluorescent Pipe Cleaners (Yellow and Pink)
-¾” inch Round Magnets
-Glue Gun
-Glue Sticks
-775 FolkArt Lacquer Gloss Finish
-Pen or Marker
-Tracing Paper
-Scissors
Preparation
Thoroughly clean pizza pan using vinegar. Dry thoroughly.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Fish Pan:
Load the large scruffy brush with Mint Pearl, pounce entire outside bottom and rim of pizza pan. Let dry thoroughly. Load the #6 flat brush with Blue Sapphire, add stripes to entire rim of pan, evenly spacing around. Load the script liner with Bright Red. Paint narrow stripes along right side of each blue stripe. Using the handle of the #12 brush with Pearl White, add two dots along the right side of the red stripe. Let dry.
Fish:
Trace the pattern on a piece of tracing paper. Carefully cut the inside of the fish out. You do not want to cut the piece itself out. You want the inside cut out of the sheet of paper so what you will have left is the square of paper with the shape of the fish head cut out of it. Line shape up with edge of the pan along lower right side. Load lightly the #12 flat brush with Bright Red, follow the shape of the fish starting on the paper and pulling from the paper straight down across the edge of the paper onto the pan. Follow outline of the fish lightly. Be sure to hold the paper firmly down on the pan and only lightly paint over edge of the paper. When you pull the paper away, you will have the basic shape of the fish. Now, fully load your brush with Bright Red and fill in the shape of the fish. You may have to let it dry and go over a second time to have adequate coverage. Allow to dry thoroughly. Load #10 flat brush with Peach Pearl. Paint the lips. Load the script liner with Sequin Black and outline the fins, fish body and lips. Add Gill lines. Using the handle of brush, dot eye and move in elongated oval and fill in to make the long eye. Using the handle of the brush and Mint Pearl, add dots on bottom of fish. Load script liner with Mint Pearl and paint stripes. Use the handle of the liner brush with Sequin black, dot between Mint Pearl Lines on top and bottom. Using the handle of the #12 flat brush and Pearl White dot the center of the eyes and move in a circular motion to make the inside of the eye. Dot again with Sequin Black.
Bubbles:
Load the ¾” flat brush Pearl White. Pick up a small amount of Blue Sapphire to gently load the outer edge with Blue. Paint bubbles by touching on the chisel edge, leaning down and pivoting totally around on inside edge. Make a full circle and then re-stroke over as necessary to complete circle. Paint as many larger bubbles as desired. The larger the bubble the lesser the points awarded during the game. Using the same brush and not pressing so hard, make smaller circles in the same fashion. Alternate between the #10 and the #12 flat brush for various size bubbles. Paint each bubble with Iridescent Pearl Glitter and let dry. Leave some space between circles to paint baby fish.
Small Fish:
Load the #8 flat brush with Bright Red. Paint baby fish by touching on chisel edge, pressing, pulling and lifting to chisel edge. Paint fins by touching on back end of fish, pressing, turning and lifting.
Load the script liner with Sequin Black; add mouth with tip of brush and dot eye with tip. Allow to dry.
Numbers:
Load the #6 flat brush with Bright. Add numbers to the bubbles having smaller numbers in larger bubbles and larger numbers in smaller bubbles.
Fish Darts:
Trace the pattern for fish onto tracing paper. Cut out the inside of the fish as before, having a square of paper with the shape of the fish dart cut out. Trace along the inside edge of the pattern on your foam. Cut out four (one spare) of each color. Double load the #12 flat brush with Blue Sapphire and Pearl White. Paint the fins on the orange fish. Load the script liner with Sequin Black. Repeat green fish using Rose and Pearl White for the fins. Load the script liner with Medium Yellow. Add dots and details on the green fish. When fish are dry, paint with the Iridescent Pearl Glitter paint.
Finish:
Hot glue bright yellow and pink pipe cleaners to fish. Outline the fish using the yellow pipe cleaners for the green fish and the pink pipe cleaners for orange fish. Glue magnets to the fish mouths.
RULES OF THE GAME:
The object of the game is to score the most points by tossing the fishies through the air to land in the bubbles. The easiest way I have found for children to use this is to set the board on the floor and have them stand back a couple feet and toss the fish toward the board.
If you land on any portion of a bubble, you get the points assigned to that bubble. If you don’t hit any portion of a bubble, you get one point for hitting the target. The person with the most points after ten turns is the winner. You can also play until the first person scores 50 points.
BIOGRAPHY
My name is Cindy Sgroi and I am from Syracuse, New York. I have a wonderful husband named Michael of 11 years, and a terrific longhaired dachshund named Nunzio who just turned 10. We recently became God Parents, (Nunzio is a God Puppy) to a beautiful baby girl. We enjoy spending as much time as possible with our beautiful God Daughter Angelina.
I have been an OSCI since 2000. Just like all of you I love to paint and create things for others. I made these two projects for “Kids Class Ideas” for CE this past March. They were a lot of fun to make and I hope some of you will enjoy making them with your kids, grandkids, or maybe in kid’s classes. You can adapt these projects to best suit your particular needs and change the designs if you wish.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at CE and BEE this past year. I was very fortunate in being able to teach at BEE and will treasure those memories always. I still enjoy looking through my pictures enjoying all there was to see and do all over again. It was a great success and CE and was full of new and interesting things, people and ideas.
Thank you for letting me share my ideas with you and I hope some of you are able to use and enjoy them.
Cindy Sgroi, OSCI, can be reached at:
122 Pardee Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13219
315-487-2118
cindysue@twcny.rr.com
www.OnestrokeWallsandWares.com

pick-a-pair game
by Cindy Sgroi, OSCI


PICK A PAIR
By Cindy Sgroi, OSCI
SURFACE
-12 x 18” Stiffened “Eazy Felt (Purple and Yellow), available at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store.
Palette
FolkArt Acrylic Metallics
-656 Blue Sapphire
-668 Plum
-493 Bright Red
-664 Copper
-659 Pearl White
-654 Amethyst
-660 Pure Gold
-655 Aquamarine
-661 Sequin Black
-652 Rose Shimmer
-651 Blue Topaz
FolkArt Artists’ Pigment Color
-503 Yellow Citron
FolkArt Apple Barrel Colors
-20490 Neon Yellow
-20491 Neon Green
Brushes
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-10 Flat
-8 Flat
-6 Flat
-Scruffy
-Script Liner
Additional Supplies
-Thirty, 1 ½” wooden discs available at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store.
-White Craft Glue
-775 FolkArt Lacquer Gloss Finish
-Ruler
-Pen or Marker
-Scissors
-Sand Paper
Preparation
To Make Game Board:
On the wrong side of your yellow felt, measure 2 inches in along each side, and make a dot every few inches as you measure down each side. Use your ruler to draw a straight line, connecting the dots to give you a guide to cut out. You want to have a frame to glue on top of the purple game board. Cut out the center of the yellow felt. Glue the yellow felt frame on top of the purple felt. Set any heavy objects you have on top of the frame to press them together to dry. Allow to dry for one hour.
To paint board:
When board is dry. Load the script liner with Neon Green and paint stripes on the frame of the board. Start in the middle of each side and work your way to the corners. Next, use the handle of the script liner and Plum to dot between the stripes.
To make game pieces:
Sand each game piece until smooth. Load the #10 brush with Yellow Citron and paint the face of each piece. Double load the scruffy brush with Neon Green and Neon Yellow. Pounce on the back of each piece. Let dry completely.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Plaid Pattern:
Load the script liner with Blue Sapphire. Paint one stripe down the center of the wooden circle.
Paint another stripe near the edge of the circle, to the left of the one in the center. It should be parallel to the one you just painted. Paint another stripe half way between the two. Repeat on the right of the center stripe. Turn the disc one quarter turn and repeat entire process having the new stripes cross over the previous ones making right angles. Using Plum, paint stripes in between the blue stripes creating the plaid.
Blue Flower:
Double load the # 6 flat brush with Blue Topaz and Pearl White. Touch, press, and pull in toward center to make petals. Using handle of the brush and Bright Red, dot center.
Red Fly:
Double load the #6 flat brush with Bright Red and Pearl White. Touch, press and pivot around on white edge making a circle for the body. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White and lightly swipe next to Sequin Black to have just a hint of color. Touch, press and pull toward top of bug to make the wings. Using the handle of the brush, dot in Sequin Black and make the dots on the body and to make head. Load the script liner with Sequin Black. Touch and pull toward head to make the antenna
Purple Leaves:
Load the #8 flat brush with Amethyst. Touch on chisel edge, press, pull, turn and lift. Paint three leaves and pull stem into leaves on chisel edge. Load the script liner with Pure Gold and outline the leaves and stems
Alien Bug:
Dip the handle of the # 10 flat brush into Blue Sapphire, touch down and move in a circular motion making your dot gradually larger. Using the #10 flat brush handle and Sequin Black, repeat procedure for head, having it slightly smaller than the body. Load the script liner with Bright Red; add stripes on body and a smile on the face. Add antennae. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White and a touch of Black Sequin. Paint wings by touching, pressing slightly and pulling a little toward the body, lift to edge. Lead with the white edge. Load the script liner with Pure Gold. Paint legs and tail. Using the handle of the script liner brush, dot in Pure Gold at the end of the antennae. Using the tip of the script liner brush, dot eyes on with Pearl White.
Purple Fish:
Load the #6 flat brush with Plum. Paint an oval by touching, pressing down, pulling slightly to the right (to get the oval shape) while turning half a turn pivoting on the inside edge to get the top and repeating for the bottom starting in the same spot. Add back fins by starting at back of body, pressing, turning and lifting to the chisel edge. Load the #6 flat brush with Pearl White. Paint the side fins. Load the script liner with Blue Sapphire. Outline the back fins and add a single line through the middle of each fin. Dip the handle of brush in same paint and dot on an eye.
Butterfly:
Double load the #6 flat brush with Aquamarine and Pearl White. Start on the chisel edge with Aquamarine to the outside, touch and press on flat side, turn and lift to the chisel edge. Repeat this stroke on top of, to the right of and a little below the first one, having each stroke meet at the same point. Also on the chisel edge, below the top two wings, touch, press and pull up to meet the first two wings. Add a second wing below this one, having it a bit longer. All wings should meet in the same place. Using the script liner and Blue Sapphire. Start at the top, away from the wings, touch, press and pull in toward the wings, connecting the body to the wings and the curve back out away from the body, lifting to the point of the brush. Add antennae by touching above body and pulling to meet body with two strokes.
Purple Worm:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Plum and Pearl White. On the chisel edge leading with the white, paint the worm. Using the handle of the script liner dipped in Pearl White, dot along body. Load script liner with Sequin Black and paint legs, smile, eyes and antennae.
Polka Dots:
With the end of the #8 brush handle dipped in Plum make dots. Alternate using Blue Topaz.
Pink Bee:
Load the #8 flat brush with Rose Shimmer. Paint the body of the bee. Load the script liner with Amethyst and paint stripes on the body of the bee. Using the handle of the brush dipped into the #6 brush and Pearl White with a touch of Rose, touch on the chisel edge, press and pull toward body leading with white edge, lifting to chisel edge. Dot the handle of the script liner in Rose to make antennae, gradually decreasing pressure to have the dots get smaller toward head.
Free Pieces:
Using Blue Sapphire and the #6 flat brush, paint the word “Free” in the center of the circle.
Using the script liner and Aquamarine, paint three lines above and three lines below the word, having the top line straight up and down, and the ones to the left and right slant in toward the center. Dot the handle in Bright Red and add two dots to the left and two dots to the right of the center line.
Red Heart:
Double load the #10 flat brush with Bright Red and Pearl White, touch on the chisel edge (perpendicular to the bottom of the disc), press and move up slightly to make the “cheek” of the heart, pivot around having red edge move along outside of heart, heading to the point of the heart first, and lift to the chisel edge. Repeat in opposite direction for the other side. Using the handle of the brush, dot in Blue Sapphire and add dots.
Berry:
Double load the #6 flat brush with Rose and Aquamarine, paint a half circle at the top of the berry by touching, pressing and pivoting around on the brush with Rose on the outside. Repeat stroke, painting below first stroke, with one to the left and one to the right. Positioning the top one in the middle of the next two. Repeat this again with three strokes, having the next strokes starting out more to the left, positioning the top stroke in the middle of the bottom ones, creating the berry shape. Using the #6 flat brush and Aquamarine, paint the greenery by touching on the chisel edge and pressing slightly all along the wide end of the berry. Have all the strokes meet at the same point at the bottom and in the middle of the berry. Move the outer edge around but keep the inner edge in the same spot.
Round Red Head Bug:
Double load the #8 flat brush with Copper and Pearl White. Paint a circle by touching down, pressing and turning brush in a complete circle pivoting the outer Copper edge around on the white edge. Re-stroke over circle to smooth out if necessary. Using the script liner and Bright Red, stroke four legs starting at the body and pulling away. Add tail by outlining the shape and filling in the center. Add head by dipping handle of the brush in Bright Red and moving in a half circle motion, move back and forth until you get the size head that you want. Using the script liner and Sapphire Blue, add antennae by touching, pressing slightly and pulling toward head to connect. Add feet to the legs by touching the tip of the liner in Sapphire and touching at end of the legs, pulling slightly to give shape. Add two stripes to body.
Gold Fern:
Double load the #8 flat brush with Pure Gold with Pearl White. Paint the fern by starting at the top, touch on the chisel edge, press lightly and pull down leading with the white edge. Next, work down each side of the top stroke pulling in toward the center. Curve your fern as you work down.
Finish:
Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly. Spray the pieces with FolkArt Lacquer finish. I chose the gloss finish but this sealer comes in Matte, Satin and Gloss.
RULES OF THE GAME:
Having all of the discs with the picture down, shuffle them up. Next, line them up on the game board having six across the top and five along the side. The object of the game is to pick two that match. If the two you choose don’t match, you loose your turn. If they do match, you take another turn. There are two discs that say “Free” on them. Whichever disc you choose with this one is an automatic match and you take another turn. If you pick both “Free” discs together as a match, you get all of the other person’s discs at that point in the game. The person with the most discs at the end is the winner.
BIOGRAPHY
My name is Cindy Sgroi and I am from Syracuse, New York. I have a wonderful husband named Michael of 11 years, and a terrific longhaired dachshund named Nunzio who just turned 10. We recently became God Parents, (Nunzio is a God Puppy) to a beautiful baby girl. We enjoy spending as much time as possible with our beautiful God Daughter Angelina.
I have been an OSCI since 2000. Just like all of you I love to paint and create things for others. I made these two projects for “Kids Class Ideas” for CE this past March. They were a lot of fun to make and I hope some of you will enjoy making them with your kids, grandkids, or maybe in kid’s classes. You can adapt these projects to best suit your particular needs and change the designs if you wish.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at CE and BEE this past year. I was very fortunate in being able to teach at BEE and will treasure those memories always. I still enjoy looking through my pictures enjoying all there was to see and do all over again. It was a great success and CE and was full of new and interesting things, people and ideas.
Thank you for letting me share my ideas with you and I hope some of you are able to use and enjoy them.
Cindy Sgroi, OSCI, can be reached at:
122 Pardee Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13219
315-487-2118
cindysue@twcny.rr.com
www.OnestrokeWallsandWares.com

gumball candle
by Vivian Laube, OSCI


GUMBALL CANDLE
By Vivian Laube, OSCI
SURFACE
-Glass Ivy Bowl, available at Walmart or Michaels Arts and Craft Stores
Palette
FolkArt Enamel Colors
-4001 Wicker White
-4006 Engine Red
-4016 School Bus Yellow
-4036 Evergreen
-4025 Cobalt Blue
Brushes
FolkArt ONE Stroke™ Brushes
-12 Flat
Additional Supplies
-5” Standard Clay Pot
-5” Bell Saucer
-Glass Ivy Bowl
-1” Sq. of Wood or Vinyl
-Penny
-25 Gumballs
-Jell Candle Kit
-Glass Glue
Preparation
To assemble, glue ivy bowl to clay pot and allow to dry. Follow directions on candle kit if using for a candle. Paint clay pot and saucer using desired colors. Allow to dry.
PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS
(Refer to color worksheet throughout)
Gumballs:
Double load the #12 flat brush with Wicker White and Engine Red. With red to the outer edge paint the gumballs. Alternate using other colors for different colored gumballs.
Finish:
Glue vinyl and penny onto front of clay pot.
BIOGRAPHY
I believe I was born to paint and craft. I have been married 53 years to my husband Wally. We have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. I started painting about 40 years ago with oils, then did the tube fabric paints going then to design a line of cloth books and educational items for children. It was at this time in my life that I met Donna Dewberry. She and her sister Kim did a holiday craft show every year, so people like me could sell our crafts. About 7 years ago, they had a sign up sheet to take ONE Stroke classes. I signed up and it was a wonderful experience. I took classes when I could afford them and practiced everyday at home. Soon after Donna was in full swing with Plaid doing ONEStroke. She then started to certify others to help her teach. She would tell me "Vivian you need to be certified." I wanted to, but was scared and being retired couldn't really afford it.
I continued to take classes and paint doing a lot of glassware. I put my items in a crafters shop, where they sold very well. I was happy, but Donna's words kept coming to mind. While talking to her in her office last fall, she said, "there's a certification in December, why don't you go?” I thought about it a minute and said okay, I'll do it. The next day I went in, paid my deposit and got prepared for certification! It was a great experience and I met some wonderful people. I passed the test and am now an O.S.C.I. My one regret is that I didn't do it 5 years earlier.
I have much to learn, but I have Donna's videos to play everyday. I paint along as though I am taking a class. I thank God everyday for having met Donna!!!
I have some advice to any of you who might be stressed out, bored, suffering from sickness or just lonely. Find a ONE Stroke teacher, take the class and believe me when I say, it is the best therapy available anywhere.
I was truly blessed the day I met Marc and Donna, which was over 20 years ago.
Vivian Laube, OSCI, can be contacted at:
999 Laura St.
Casselberry, Fl.
32707
Fax: 407-699-9452
Email: vivianfromfl@webtv.net