COMMA STROKES – HOW TO…
Comma strokes are created with a round brush fully loaded in acrylic paint thinned to the consistency of cream with water.
N.B. It is important to hold the brush straight up at a 90 angle to the project, not as you would a pencil.
After loading the brush with paint:
1.Take the brush to your project and press down on the brush to flatten the bristles, ( right down to the ferrule if necessary for a wide stroke such as on teapots shown here) This will be the fattest part of the stroke.
2. Pause to allow the bristles to fan out…
3. Gradually lift the brush, (allowing the bristles to come together again) and direct the brush tip towards you making a tear drop shaped comma stroke. The emphasis is on gradually lifting. If you lift the brush too quickly, the end of the stroke will be blunt and not tapered nicely.
Experiment with varying the position you start the stroke. ie: start at 10 oclock or 2 oclock and the stroke will be more like a comma, as opposed to vertical if you pull the stroke straight down.
So remember, press, pause and lift
Folk art flowers in a flash – Painting for school craft stalls for fete or Mother’s day
|Simple quick and fun designs to paint you can pain with comma strokes
These simplistic flowers are done freehand, in a flash using a # 3 or #4 round brush and some acrylic gouache. I used Brilliant violet, Magenta, Yello light and Pine Green. A basic ” comma” stroke with some centre stippling is all the technique needed. ( see further instructions below)
All these items cost less than $1.00 as a raw material. Base paint was leftover house paint or acrylic gouache itself. Teenage and tween girls go ga-ga for them, so they could be equally useful as a inexpensive birthday gift (to be teamed with some pencils, erasers, or sweets), or as a $5.00 item in a school fundraiser/ Mother’s day craft stall. The fridge magnet can be embellished with any number of sayings appropriate to the target audience: Mum’s cafe: Open 24 hours, Girls only…. etc.
My second projects are just now cooking in the oven. I used glossies to paint white ceramic ovenware to create a Japanese/Scandinavian effect. Glossies need to be cooked in the oven to make them permanent.
I hope this simple projects provide some inspiration for your fundraising efforts.