Decorative painting is made up of different types of basic painting strokes and is rather like learning to write. Different brushes create different effects using the same strokes. When you learn basic painting brush strokes you can create endless designs. Putting the strokes together in different ways can be so much fun and you develop your own style over time.
The best advice I can give you is to practice, practice and practice some more. Many instructors say you should just practice the actual strokes alone, over and over, and over again.
That was too boring for me so I practiced while actually painting a design. So choose how you would like to learn, both will work.
Load the Brush
I am using a #12 flat brush in this demo. Dip each corner into a puddle of paint, work back and forth on your palette to blend the colors. This is double loading but you can load your brush with just a single color if you wish.
Start on the chisel edge (tip of your brush), apply pressure gently as you make an arc pulling to your right for a comma stroke in one direction, and to the left for the opposite facing comma stroke. As you pull downward lift the pressure on your brush until you are back on the chisel edge
Slider leaf Stroke
When using a round brush many call this a tear drop or pollywog stroke. But since I use it mostly for making leaves I call it a slider leaf stroke. Start on the chisel edge of your brush, apply pressure while pulling the stroke and let it lift back to the chisel edge as you twist the brush between your thumb and finger, that will give your leaf the sharp point. (the video shows this move to make it easier for you)
I also use this stroke for flower petals.
To give your leaf a more rounded back end start at a slight angle on the chisel edge and drag your brush to the point while twisting between forefinger and thumb.
The U stroke is used both right side up and upside down. For the upside down U stroke, start on the chisel edge of your brush, slide up gently add pressure to widen the stroke as you slide up and over, then back down to the chisel edge.
Just go the opposite direction to make the right side up U Stroke.
A line stroke is just dragging the brush on the chisel edge using a light pressure. To widen just add more pressure as you drag your brush.
Super easy and obvious, just drag your brush while pressing it down flat on your surface to create a band of color.
The S stroke is started on the chisel edge of your brush, slide to the right or left (depending on the direction you want to make this stroke) and then add pressure as you drag your brush down, ending on the chisel edge making an S shape.
This is the remade video I promised. I will link my old one under this if you wish to view it as well.
I remade the video as my first basic strokes video audio was lousy but if you wish to see it just GO HERE
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