Brush Tips 03 – The Script Liner

One Stroke Script Liner

Script Liner






The One Stroke Script Liner comes in two sizes: #1 and #2.

The differences between a #1 and #2 Script Liner are:

  • #1 bristles are shorter,
  • #1 is usually used when more control is needed, and
  • #2 will hold more paint allowing for longer continuous strokes.

The characteristics of a Script Liner include:

  • A sharply pointed tip,
  • Thin bristles; narrower than the round brush, and
  • Usually uses ‘Inky’ paint.

The uses of the #1 and #2 Script Liner are:

  • Painting fine details and lines
  • Butterfly body
  • Outlining
  • Eyelashes
  • Retouching
  • Script lettering
  • Curlicues and tendrils

To fully load a Script Liner brush:

You first must make some ‘inky’ paint. This is one of the few times you use water in the One Stroke technique. The steps to make inky paint are:

  1. Add a small amount of paint to the palette.
  2. Dip the bristles of the brush into clean water (you will see a small bead of water on the tip)
  3. Add that bead of water to the edge (not in the middle) of your puddle of paint
  4. Using a circular motion, slightly mix the water and paint

You will need to repeat steps 2 through 4 about 3 or 4 times. The goal is to get the edge of your puddle of paint to an ‘inky’ consistency.

Once you have your ‘inky’ paint puddle, you can now fully load the Script Liner with paint:

Pull the bristles through the puddle while rolling the brush handle between your thumb and finger.

Note: By rolling the brush through the puddle of paint, you are making a nice sharp tip.