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One Stroke Fourth of July Ensemble

By: Donna Dewberry
Donna Dewberry
Donna Dewberry

Donna Dewberry is a self taught artist who grew up with a mother that encouraged her crafting. In fact Donna and her Mother used to sell various good on the side of the road. The One Stroke Painting method was developed when Donna had to fill an order for several thousand pieces of painted tin ware.

To date there are more than 6000 Certified One Stroke Instructors world wide and in more than 15 countries. Several of which have started businesses of their own revolving around One Stroke painting. Donna has made more than 100 books and videos and has her own show on PBS and soon to be WHDO as well as appearing regularly on Home Shopping Network.

Celebrate the Fourth of July and decorate your table with your own hand-painted red, white and blue serving pieces for your holiday picnic - and start your own tradition!
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Skill Level: Intermediate


PLAID Supplies
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Navy Blue, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Burnt Umber 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Finishes - Aerosol Lacquer - Matte, 11 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums - Floating Medium, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
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Other Supplies
Unfinished wood tray
Unfinished wood boxes - 2
Assorted sizes wood stars (to fit edge of tray)
White craft glue
Basic brush set



  1. Paint larger wood star Engine Red. Paint four wood stars Navy Blue. Set aside to dry.
  2. Paint entire tray Wicker White. Let dry.
  3. Using #12 flat brush loaded with Engine Red, slide on chisel edge to paint red stripes for rocket.
  4. Using Navy Blue, paint the rocket tip and base with stake.
  5. (When painting with a liner brush, thin paint with water until “inky” consistency.) Using script liner, paint the red and blue scrollwork at base of rocket.
  6. Paint blue and red stars inside of tray as shown scattered among the scrolls. Use liner brush and Wicker White to paint small stars on tip of rocket.
  7. Load #12 flat brush with Engine Red and sliding on chisel edge, highlight the sides of the tray at the corners.
  8. Glue wood stars to the front of tray.
  9. Load #12 flat brush with Floating Medium. Side load into Burnt Umber, then shade around rocket and all of the stars.
  10. Optional: When project is completely dry, apply several light coats of Spray Lacquer over entire tray for added durability.

Napkin Holder and Tableware Holder

  1. Paint entire box Navy Blue. Let dry.
  2. Tip: Use Floating Medium as needed in the brush, along with the paint to make the paint flow off your brush; wood surfaces tend to suck the moisture from your brush very quickly. Using ¾” flat brush, paint wide white ribbon completely around box.
  3. Load brush with Navy and slide on chisel edge of brush to paint the navy stripe in the middle of ribbon.
  4. Load brush with Engine Red and slide on chisel edge of brush to paint the red stripes on either side of the Navy stripe.
  5. Double load #12 flat brush with Wicker White and Engine Red. Paint five-petal flowers keeping the white edge out. Dot Navy centers using the brush handle. Dot on top of Navy dots with white to give highlights.
  6. (When painting with a script liner, thin paint to “inky” consistency.) Use script liner and Wicker White to add scrollwork in the empty spaces. Note: Thin paint to “inky” consistency when painting with Script Liner.
  7. Optional: When project is completely dry, apply several light coats of Spray Lacquer over entire box for added durability.
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