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How to Do the One Stroke Technique Using Acrylic Paint

Acrylic Painting of Roses Using One Stroke Technique

You don’t need years and years of experience to paint like a pro. This easy peasy tutorial on the one stroke technique will show you how to create a detailed and layered artwork using Chalkola Acrylic Paints. With one brush load and one stroke, you can paint with two colors at the same time and come up with a masterpiece like a true pro painter! 

Materials needed:

  • Chalkola Acrylic Paint (we used Titanium White and Scarlet Red)
  • Black paper or cardstock
  • Flat brush
  • Palette
  • Water

Learn this incredible one stroke technique by practicing on painting beautiful roses. Let’s watch the mesmerizing video below, and start creating masterpieces together!


  1. Prepare your colors on your palette. Make sure they’re adjacent to each other for easier blending and brush loading.
  2. Load your colors on your brush and blend them until you get a gradient effect.
  3. Hold your brush perpendicular to the surface so you can smoothly apply your colors in one stroke.
  4. Apply gentle pressure and wiggle your brush slowly as you paint so you achieve a nice layered effect. Make sure you start painting the outer layer of the petals first.
  5. Paint the second layer of petals with careful wiggly strokes.
  6. For the rose bud, start by painting an inverted “U” and then create a “U” stroke on top of it.
  7. Repeat these steps until you complete your first rose artwork using the one stroke technique.

Tip: Dip your brush into the water every once in a while to keep your paint from drying up. 

Bonus: Here's a downloadable practice sheetso you can work on your strokes offline. Enjoy!

Practice Worksheet for One Stroke Painting Technique

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