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Brush Stroke BasicsFlat Brush Practice GuidesHow to Use this FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics GuidePrint the desired practice guide from your home computer, then use one of these two techniques to learn Brush Stroke Basics:ORPractice your brush strokes by painting directly over the printedones on your computer printout.NOTE: You may need to print more than one copy of each BrushStroke Basics Practice Guide.As a protective layer, position a sheet of artist’s tracing paper,waxed paper or parchment paper over the Brush Stroke BasicsPractice Guide printout. Next, practice your brush strokes directly onto the protective layer.NOTE: When using this technique, only one computer printoutwill be necessary.Learn to Paint These Basic Flat Brush StrokesStraight Stroke, Chisel Edge Stroke, Comma Stroke, “S” Stroke, “U” Stroke and the Half Circle Stroke to create a folk art flower.Click Here to Watch theHow-To Video

Brush Stroke BasicsStraight Stroke with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel or flat edge of the brush to the surface. Press down slightly. Pull the brush toward you while maintaining even pressure. Lift to endthe stroke.Straight strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created with a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsChisel Stroke with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Stand the brush on its chisel edge with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Touch the surface and pull the brush toward you. Do NOTapply pressure as this will thicken and distort the thin line created by the chisel edge.Chisel edge strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created with a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsComma Stroke Angled Left with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the flat edge of the brush to the surface. Apply pressure and pull the brush toward you while slightly curving the stroke to the left. Continuepulling the stroke while releasing pressure; end the stroke on the chisel edge of the brush. Do NOT turn or twist the brush. Changing the pressure asyou drag the brush creates the stroke.Comma strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsComma Stroke Angled Right with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the flat edge of the brush to the surface. Apply pressure and pull the brush toward you while slightly curving the stroke to the right. Continuepulling the stroke while releasing pressure; end the stroke on the chisel edge of the brush. Do NOT turn or twist the brush. Changing the pressure asyou drag the brush creates the stroke.Comma strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke Basics“S” Stroke Angled Left with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Slightly pull downwards; apply pressureand pull the brush toward you while slightly curving the stroke to the left. Begin to release pressure and end the stroke back on the chisel edge ofthe brush. Do NOT turn or twist the brush. Changing the pressure as you drag the brush creates the stroke.“S” strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 6 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke Basics“S” Stroke Angled Right with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Slightly pull downwards; apply pressureand pull the brush toward you while slightly curving the stroke to the right. Begin to release pressure and end the stroke back on the chisel edge ofthe brush. Do NOT turn or twist the brush. Changing the pressure as you drag the brush creates the stroke.“S” strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 6 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke Basics“U” Stroke with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Pull the brush toward you and begin toapply pressure. Push the brush slightly in the shape of a “U.” Release pressure and end the stroke on the chisel edge of the brush.“U” strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke Basics“U” Stroke Reversed with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Push the brush away from you and beginto apply pressure. Push the brush slightly in the shape of a reversed “U.” Release pressure and end the stroke on the chisel edge of the brush.Reversed “U” strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsHalf Circle Stroke with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Apply pressure to the brush and begin topush the brush by pivoting until a half circle is completed. Release pressure and lift the brush from the surface.Circle strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsHalf Circle Stroke Reversed with a Flat BrushThin the paint with a little water to a flowing consistency for brush stroke work. Load the flat brush with paint by stroking the brush into the paintpuddle rather than dipping into it. Flip the brush over and repeat stroking into the paint to equally load both sides of the flat brush.Touch the chisel edge of the brush to the surface with the handle pointing straight up toward the ceiling. Apply pressure to the brush and begin topull the brush by pivoting until a reversed half circle is completed. Release pressure and lift the brush from the surface.Reversed circle strokes can be accomplished with any size flat brush. This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.

Brush Stroke BasicsAll Flat Brush StrokesAfter learning and practicing all the basic flat brush strokes: Straight Stroke, Chisel Edge Stroke, Comma Stroke, “S” Stroke, “U” Stroke and the HalfCircle Stroke, learn what you can do when combining strokes.Try combining a few brush strokes to create a folk art flower, a brush stroke border, a ribbon bow, a scallop edge and a vertical ribbon border. Thekey is understanding the basic flat brush strokes, practicing and then having fun and being creative!This practice guide was created using a No. 10 FolkArt Flat Brush.FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY plaidonline.com FolkArt Brush Stroke Basics Practice Guide 2017 Plaid Enterprises, Inc., Norcross, GA. All Rights Reserved.