Sunday, March 9, 2008

One-Stroke Training Seminar

I attended a One-Stroke Training Seminar in Raleigh, NC yesterday. These seminars are one-day workshops primarily for OSCI's (One-Stroke Certified Instructors), but are open to anyone who is interested in learning One-Stroke techniques. Our instructor was Jill Liljenquist (pictured above) from Phoenix. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot of new techniques such as working with the new High Definition paints and tools/brushes, and the Studio Line of Sculpey polymer clay. We also painted a spring wreath with Folk Art acrylic paints which used the dagger and rake/feather brush. I mostly enjoyed using the clay which is very soft compared to some other brands. It is easily conditioned with just your hands. There is a line of molds for leaves which consist of cookie-cutters and plastic templates for adding veins to the leaves. There is also a mold set for roses and texture plates and various tools. These are available for purchase on the website.
I ordered two new books, Storage Solutions and Denim Adornments (fabric painting) as well as an exclusive pattern package sold only at these seminars. The new books are also available on the One-Stroke site.
I think it's going to take a lot of practice with the High Definition paints for me. These are used differently than the regular acrylic paints and even the brush is held differently. But I love a challenge and am determined to master this.
Thanks so much to Jill for coming to teach us. She is a great teacher and a really nice person who gives so much to the One Stroke community. I'm looking forward to being able to go to another one of her trainings.

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