How to Paint Swirls

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Painting fine lines and swirls is a basic Tole or Decorative painting technique. When painting fine details and swirls, a quality artists brush is a must. While water can be used to thin the paint, an acrylic paint extender is prefered. The acrylic paint extender delays the drying time of the paint; if you make a mistake, you can simply wipe it off and start over again. Be sure to practice on a scrap piece of paper palette until you are comfortable with the technique.

Things You'll Need

  • 10.0 artist liner brush
  • Acrylic extender medium
  • Acrylic paint
  • Disposable paper palette
  • Water
  • Wet the 10.0 liner brush with water.

  • Mix the acrylic paint color of your choice with an acrylic paint extender until the paint becomes the consistency of ink.

  • Push the brush into the paint and then flatten to load the paint. Swirl the brush until you have a fine tip.

  • Place the brush straight up and down and use only the tip to paint the swirls in a random pattern. Use your pinky finger to anchor your hand while painting the swirls.

Tips & Warnings

  • For wider swirls, apply more pressure to the tip of the brush.
  • When practicing this technique, try to keep your wrist and hand still and make the movements from your shoulder.
  • This technique also works well for painting letters.

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