How to paint Comma strokes: Beginner Folk art Painting


 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.

Commissioned work 004
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.


10 thoughts on “How to paint Comma strokes: Beginner Folk art Painting”

    1. I don’t believe I am naturally artistic either Indiane. But I do feel that I can reach a certain technically correct standard. After all, folk artists were those who had no or little formal training, just like me! It does take a bit of effort in the beginner to build that muscle memory, and I guess a fascination with the art form definitely helps. I did basic folk art classes for a while before I felt that I could do my own thing. And it is still a work in progress. If I don’t paint for a while, I lose my skills, On the other hand, if I am doing lots of painting, I can produce something above my usual standard.

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    1. Oh thank you. That is kind. I have to put my art on hold for a time, as I don’t have space to do it at the moment and all my energy is taken up with a major project building a house. I will get back to it when that is complete and I will have a whole room devoted to my arts and crafts. Yippee.

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      1. That is wonderful, good luck on our house build. and yes lots of energy needed there, but to have a room specially for art is a bonus..
        After the children fledged, I turned the smallest bedroom to my art sanctuary 🙂

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    1. Ooo. Many thanks, Sartenada. I will take a look at those links. tend to pain on wooden items like the Rosemaling and Finnish folk art of olden times. I don’t actually do porcelain painting but Thank you very much for your kind comment.

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