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Category: How do I paint different flowers?

Question: What is the best way to paint a OneStroke™ Cabbage

Answer: Painting Donna Dewberry OneStroke Roses
1. If you're not accustomed to painting the roses yet, sometimes it helps to draw a template to practice. Believe it or not, if you use a 3/4" flat brush and make a shell stroke it fits perfectly into a circle made with a Snapple bottle lid! That little tidbit was shared with me by my friend, Julie Farel, OSCI! Now, if you take the lid and make one circle for the center and 5 around it - so it almost looks like the Olympic Rings - you'll have a perfect template for the rose.

2. I usually have my students practice an entire sheet of just the shell stroke and several sheets of the Olympic Rings. .

3. To actually DO the rose, start with loading your brush with 1/4 light (say Wicker White) and 3/4 dark (say Berry Wine). Blend well on your Styrofoam plate or disposable palate paper. .

4. Make the first skirt of the rose. Add only enough (usually only a tad) floating medium to make your brush glide if it is even necessary. .

5. If you're having trouble with the paint getting muddy, first try reducing the amount of floating medium you are using. When using floating medium, first load your brush FULLY with paint. Now, dip just the tip of the chisel edge into the medium and then work it into your brush by going back and forth on the same swatch on your plate. If you STILL have problems, let the first skirt dry before proceeding.

Tip: You shouldn't have to reload the floating medium into your brush. If you are continuing with the same colors, remember to blend on the same swatch on your palette. You will actually be picking up floating medium from the palette and will minimize the risk of getting too muddy!

6. Wipe your brush - no need to wash - and load it with 1/2 light and 1/2 dark color.

7. At this point, you have 2 ways you can complete the rose :
a. Make your bud.
b. Paint the second skirt. Again, allow to dry if needed.
c. "Fix" the front petal of the bud if necessary. Usually, when you make your skirt, the bud gets a bit messy and you can "repair" it by going over the front petal. Again, let dry if necessary.
d. Now, make your comma strokes. One should cut the bud about in half. The second one goes below the first. The third, is usually a shorter one below the second but starts at the same side as the first. This is a great time to try using the angular brush.
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e. Instead of making your bud first, make your second skirt. Make it a full circle just like the first skirt.
f. Make the bud.
g. Now, make your comma strokes. One should cut the bud about in half. The second one goes below the first. The third is usually a shorter one below the second but starts at the same side as the first. This is a great time to try using the angular brush.
h. Sometimes, this second method is preferable to newbies. Many times making the second skirt AROUND the bud is difficult. This method alleviates that concern.

Don't be concerned if you need to let your paint dry between layers. With practice, you WILL be able to do the rose the way Donna does it. The above steps help you get the 'feel' for making the rose. After that, you can experiment all you want!

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