One Stroke Brush Loading - Preliminary Steps
I suggest using a 3/4 inch flat brush when practicing these steps. In
my experience, it is easier to control the amount of paint in this
size brush. Begin by dipping the bristles of the 3/4 inch flat brush
into water, then place the bristles on a paper towel fold towel over other
side of bristles and pull through making sure to get most of the water out
Next, for double loading, dip one corner of the bristles in one color
and then the other corner in another color. The two colors should
meet a little in the middle of the brush.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Step 1
Keep the handle of the brush straight up and down. Touch the chisel
edge (the tip of the bristles) to your foam plate. Press the bristles
all the way down to the ferrule (the metal part of the brush) and
slide the brush in one direction about one inch. Then slide back in
the opposite direction ending where you first started. Repeat that
motion about three or four times.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Step 2
Go back to your paint puddles and dip the corners again, just like
you did in the preliminary step. Repeat Step One, but when you slide
the brush back and forth don't press down as hard as you did the
first time. This time, you should use about two-thirds of the
pressure you used in Step One.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Step 3
Same Step Two. However, instead of using two-thirds pressure, use a
little bit less pressure when sliding the brush back and forth.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Step 4
Same as Step Two. This time you will use two-thirds pressure again to
distribute the paint on the bristles.
At this point, your brush is fully loaded. These four steps may seem
repetitive, but what they are doing is drawing the paint into the
brush. When you have fully loaded your brush, you should have paint
two-thirds up the bristles and there should be a paint line straight
across the bristles.
Did I Load My Brush Correctly?
You can see if you are loading your brush properly by performing the
following test on a sheet of paper. Start on the chisel edge, press
the bristles down about two-thirds, then slide about one inch. If you
do not see any skips in the stroke, then you are loading your brush
One Stroke Brush Loading - Painting and Reloading
When you use the above technique, it is easy to keep your brush full
of paint. This is because you will be constantly loading paint into
your brush. After you make one stroke, you will need to either slide
the brush back and forth where you loaded the brush the first time,
OR you will need to repeat Step Four of the brush loading.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Too Much Paint
It is very easy to have too much paint in your brush. It still
happens to me from time to time. When I have too much paint, I
squeeze the paint out using a paper towel. I then reload my brush and
start painting again.
One Stroke Brush Loading - Painting on Paper and Porous Surfaces
If you have problems getting the paint to flow smoothly on paper or
porous surfaces, then you will also want to use floating medium. If
you have never used this before, it is a clear gel. When your brush
is fully loaded, dip the chisel edge into the clear gel, then go to
the area where you loaded your brush and slide back and forth a few
times to mix the gel with the paint.
A word of caution, however. If you use too much floating medium, then
your painting will appear semi-transparent. This is the technique
used to create shadow leaves, but may not be the effect you are