GETTING TO KNOW THE STIPPLER BRUSH
The stippler is a soft, natural haired brush, which looks similar to a stencilling brush, but is much softer
The stippler is ideal for creating texture. It is a round natural-haired brush, which is angled to make stippling more tactile.
For the exercises below, I used the colour, bluebell.
Smooth wash Wash the brush from side to side to achieve a smooth wash.
Light texture Gently tap the brush onto the paper to create an open texture; allow some of the background to remain dry.
Denser texture Continue to tap onto the paper, allowing the colours to merge and achieve a mottled effect. Tapping in another colour will add to the textural effect.
Flicked texture Flick the brush upward to create a spiked texture
1 Using bluebell and a touch of permanent wild rose, flick the stippler upward. Allow to dry then add another layer on top.
2 Paint the stalks using the pyramid and country olive.
1 Use the stippler and bluebell to suggest the shape of the flowers. Add a little permanent wild rose before the initial wash has dried.
2 Once dry, introduce a final layer to create the texture.
3 Paint the leaves using the pyramid. Make an extended brushstroke with midnight green and sunlit green.
1 All sorts of wild flowers can be suggested using this technique.
2 The butterfly was achieved using the pyramid brush in the same way.
1 Use the stippler and bluebell to suggest the shape of the flowers; add a little permanent wild rose.
2 Once the initial wash is dry, add texture by gently stippling on top.
3 Paint the background by scribbling with the tip of the pyramid onto a damp surface.
4 Add the big leaves with sunlit green and a little country olive, using the pyramid and an extended brushstroke.
In Fiona's complete article, which can be found in the May 2012 issue of Leisure Painter, she also shows a variety of techniques for painting flowers using a pyramid brush.
With a little practice, combining the simple techniques using the two brushes, all kinds of flowers can be achieved, such as the rose below.
For more information about the brushes and paints visit www.fionapeart.com.
This article was originally published in the May 2012 issue of Leisure Painter