One stroke painting makes painting easy for a non artist. The technique does not require one to know drawing. It uses series of brush strokes with at least two colors on a flat brush at one time. Based on how one handles the brush, one can get blending, shading & highlighting on each stroke of the painting. It is important to put right amount of pressure on each stroke to get desired shading & blending.

Donna Dewberry is the creator of “one stroke painting” technique. Her goal was to remove intimidation, enabling anyone with a desire to paint to succeed. She broke down classic brush strokes into simple steps that are then recombined in an infinite number of ways to create lush flowers and landscapes.

This technique was announced by her in late 1980s.

Project Surface: Any surface that can hold the paint like wood, canvas, paper, pottery, glass, etc,.

Acrylic paints: Paints of desired colors

Brush: Flat Brush, Round Brush, Liner Brush in desired sizes

Water-base varnish or clear acrylic spray

  1. Preparing the surface:  Make sure the surface is clean, dry & smooth. In case of wood use sand paper to smoothen the surface & apply the base-coat.

    Loading the brush: The first step is to choose two colors that you would like to use for your design. Dip one side of your brush into the first color, and then dip the other side in the remaining color. Now begin to move the brush back and forth to blend the paint. Continue to add paint and repeat these steps until your brush is loaded 2/3 of the way up the bristles. You should be ready to begin your painting at this point.

    As you paint it is important you continue to use paint, and do not hesitate to keep adding more to your brush. It is not necessary for you to do the blending part after adding more paint to your brush. If you feel at any point your brush is getting over loaded, you may wipe the excess off with in your paper towel or rag. Make sure your brush is still load up to 2/3 of the brush.

    You do not necessarily have to clean your brush in water when you are switching to new colors. It could add interest to your design if you simply remove the excess paint with a paper towel or rag, and then dip your paint one side at time in to the new colors and begin to blend. Also, if you would like to paint using more then two colors this is possible to. Just load your brush as you normally would with the two colors and then tip your brush in to the third color on one side of the brush.    Article Source:

    Painting: To master the technique of one-stroke painting, begin with a one-stroke painting worksheet that shows all the steps and brush strokes for each sample design. Place a clear acrylic sheet over the worksheet, load the brush with paint and paint on the acrylic sheet following the directions of the arrows in the examples. When you’re done, wash the paint off the sheet and reuse it until you have mastered one-stroke painting. Article source:

    Blending gel: It is a useful tool for one-stroke painting. If you’re working on an advanced project and you need to switch back and forth between different brushes and color sets between strokes, as with painting flower petals and leaves, coat your brushes with gel medium in between strokes so your paints won’t dry out on the brush. Article source:

    Refer to following external links for visual description of how to stroke paint

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