Some tole painting techniques include the comma, the inverted comma, the S stroke, the C stroke and variations and adaptations of these strokes. These techniques can be used to paint a variety of figures, including comma-stroke daisies, C-stroke roses and comma-stroke mums.
Tole painting is decorative paint on tin and wooden objects and furniture. Modern tole painting is commonly done with acrylic paints, and if done on wood, the wood is sanded, primed and sealed for quality work before the paint is applied.
The comma stroke is made up of three parts: a head, a belly and a tail. The painter loads the brush with a little extra paint at the tip, applies pressure to allow the brush hairs to fan out at the head and begins pulling toward his body, slowly releasing pressure on the brush as it approaches the tail, which is the narrowest part of the figure. By avoiding quick releases of pressure, the painter achieves a smooth comma figure.
The S stroke and C stroke are achieved with similar gradual applications and releases of pressures at different points in the drawing of the figure. Once a painter has mastered these three strokes, he can practice variations to increase the number of techniques used in tole painting. For example, the C stroke, which is thicker in the middle, can be done with a liner brush to be thin throughout.