Please be my instructor...........
I am still steadfast in my efforts to teach myself how to decorative paint. Did One stroke, doing pretty good. But I was getting a little overconfident, and am trying to take on paint projects that are not one stroke. I bought a pattern book with beautiful things to paint, (mostly buildings in garden settings), and I cant get the hang of it from the simplified paint instructions in the front of the book.
The shading is throwing me off I would try to one-stroke it, but to me the effect is no where near as subtle as what is shown in the book. And I like to learn different ways to do things. Is this shading the same as floating? Or am I misunderstanding? If so, I wicked water on half the brush, and the color on the other (not much) and worked it in. But by the time I got to the end of the board I was shading, the water end was a very diluted color that left a shadow on the uncolored side. (Did I make sense??). This has happened just about every time, and I am getting frustrated.
Could some kind person PuHLEEZ take the time out to help explain some methods to me? I looked in 2 decorative painting books at michaels, and shading is usually done on leaves and flowers with double loaded brushes and paints. Neither one explained shading ie floating ie (whatever) or I guess I just didnt get to that part before the clerk said, "you gonna buy that or just stand there and read it".
Thanks for any input.