Folk Art Painting -Stippling
Stippling is a wonderful painting technique for painting cheeks, plant foliage, fur and snow. It is easy to do with a few simple steps. When stippling you will need to use either a deerfoot brush or an old scruffy brush that you have gotten paint down into the ferrule. This should be a round brush and you may need to cut the bristles shorter
Basecoat and shade the area you wish to stipple first and let dry
You will need to put out 3-5 colors in the same shade that you wish to stipple with, start with the darkest color first and work to the lightest being sure to leave some of your basecoat showing through or your piece will just look muddy
Less paint is better- with a the dry deerfoot or old brush stick just the tips of the bristles in your puddle of paint, then pounce on a paper towel getting rid of the excess. Practise on a piece of paper if it looks heavy or blobby you need to remove more paint and test again.
When the color is light and airy you are ready to stipple on your project
Hold the brush upright at a 90 degree angle and pounce lightly using the tip of the bristles on to the project. Do not be heavy handed pounce lightly and slowly.
Use small circular motions overlaying the stippling so not to get definite lines
Repeat with the other colors remembering to go from darkest to lightest and remember you can always add more so do this lightly.
Stippling can be a lot of fun and a real tension reliever......so just stipple away !
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