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Hi all
The second art lesson took place a little early. Usually on the first friday of the month – could do that this time around as i am busy packing to shift house.

This time around i taught how to use a stencil and stencil brush properly to get a good result, recapped on how to draw a simple flower, how to use watersoluable pencils and draw simple butterflies.

REMEMBER: i aim these lessons at absolute beginners.

Here are the students results half way through the class: ( slightly hard to teach and take lots of photos too)

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My picture half finished… Partly done at home for prep and then parts done on the day as demos….Might try finishing it soon

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Here is your butterfly tutorial for you:

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Tips for using stencils:
Use a flat ended stiff bristle brush to apply paint.
Squirt a small amount of paint on the palette or plastic lid.
Dab the tip of brush into paint and dab off on the paint palette until most paint is off the brush (little amount of paint is all you need).
Dab/pounce the tip of the brush on the open areas of the stencil holding stencil firmly on the paper.
(These are not hard and fast rules – break them if you wish and this is certainly not the only way to use stencils)

Tips for using water-soluble pencils:
Colour around the outside of the image just inside the lines.
Wet your brush.
Start from the colour, working i to the middle of the image with the brush to get a watercolourly effect.
Again – (These are not hard and fast rules – break them if you wish and this is certainly not the only way to use watercolour pencils).

We talked about brushes:
(These are not hard and fast rules – break them if you wish)
Number 1 round brush is small for small lines and detailed painting (you can get down to 0000 – which is really tiny)

Number 3 & 6 round brushes are very handy too for larger areas.

For watercolour work its best to use sable or natural hair. But if you are working with both acrylic and watercolour type mediums use soft synthetic… They hold up to more you throw at them. (Well thats what I’ve found)

Use brushes with a light touch at all times… They are not tonka trucks.

Try not to get water past the metal part of the brush, your handle is usually made of wood and it will expand and cause the hairs of your brush to fall out.

Dry slightly elevated downwards on an old face cloth.
Roll up one end of the face cloth and lay your brushes on it pointing down… The left over water after cleaning your brushes will run down wards again not touching the wood preventing hairs to fall out.

NEVER LEAVE BRUSHES IN WATER. This stuffs the shape and straightness of your hair end of the brush. Also causes permanent flairing aka stray hair poking out to the side.

Store brushes once fully dry with Bristles pointing up in a mug or container. This also helps the brushes keep good shape and as new.

All the best and have fun creating!

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