Tips & How to's for Corner Loading (CL): using a Flat square shader, dip your brush in water, tap on the side of the bowl to get drips off handle and bristles, then lay brush flat and press very quickly on paper towel, turn the brush over and press the other side quickly again, this just bleeds out excess moisture but not too much we need water in this brush. Using the same corner each time you load with paint will help you avoid having left over color in the side you thought was clean. My method for this is to load With the letter side (brush company writing on the handle) facing up. Dip just the corner of your brush in fresh paint (I prefer Doc Holliday Acrylics, use a darker color than the area you are shading) then holding your brush at a slight angle touch the full brush down on scratch paper (both corners and all surface of brush) using pressure to flatten and bend the bristles, and stroke against the paper to get the water in one corner blending with the paint in the other corner until the mark left on your paper is a smooth blend going from a crisp clean solid edge of paint on one side fading to nothing, leaving no hard line on the other side. If you press on the paper and water pools, you have too much water or you're pressing too hard. If your stroke is scratchy and sparse, you don't have enough water. Keep trying until your stroke is correct. Once you have it down on paper go to your piece. When painting reload often and work quickly to smooth out any imperfections before the paint dries. You don't want hard start and stop marks on your piece. Use this technique to shade crevice detail, define and outline border areas. The pictures show the steps
Using the very corner of your brush to shade can be very effective to create a tapered edge with a crisp outline. If you have an area that looks a little blah, you can use a color that is 1-2 shades darker (or lighter depending on your desired outcome) to border the edges. You can use this technique not only to shade edges but to create, by using this brush stroke to draw in designs and detail, leaving a soft look. So, whether you are after dramatic or subtle, this stroke is a definite addition to your skill set!
_Happy New Years! I am starting Sarah Snow and I will be posting the step by step progress pictures on Facebook if you would like to follow along.
Feel free to comment or ask questions. If you don't have a Facebook account, let me know and I will post additional pics somewhere here on my website.
Hope you'll paint along with me!
Just finished Doc's Woodland trees that go with the Santa's and Snowmen. Pictures are on my home page. I will be working on Sarah Snow, the large Companion to this set. I will post some pictures of the painting process as I go, stay tuned! Have to get a little baking out of the way first! Praying you have an amazing Christmas with your friends and family! These were done all with Doc Holliday Acrylics
Ceramic Artist & Teacher
_I will share various tips for painting on this page, I hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to ask questions or comment, it's always nice to hear from other painters and I am happy to help any way I can! I will be adding various technique packages to the online store and when I do I will post an update here to let you know a technique has been added. Check back soon tips !
God Bless & Happy Painting!