Monday, May 28, 2012

I seem to recall that I promised some educational posts on using different brushes that are available on my website.  I started a few posts ago by discussing the traditional and nontraditional uses of the Butterfly Brushes.  The Small Shader Butterfly Brush is an extremely versatile brush that can be used in so many ways but my favorite is to use it to paint wild flowers.  When the brush is placed on the chisel edge the cut brush heel is facing your paper which I would say is a more traditional use of the brush, or can be used by turning your brush upside down so that the brush heel, cut edge, is facing up when the brush is placed on the chisel edge.  These three samples of painting a daisy show examples of the traditional use of the brush as versus the nontraditional use of the brush.  Practice this technique and see which one works for you. 

No matter which way you choose to use the brush you double load the brush in the same way, load your brush with your base color (Light Buttermilk), tip the brush heel into Moon Yellow.  To paint each petal place your brush on the chisel edge, slowly spread the brush out to "splay" the bristles and distribute your paint and pull it gently back up to the chisel edge working your way around the outer edges of the center of the flower.   It is a fairly quick and easy way to paint a lovely Daisy.  Check back in a few days and I will post step two of using this amazing brush. 

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