The following two images above were generated with a feature in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer, called the Stretch2 Brush Type. The Stretch2 Brush Type lets you stretch warp an image or movie brush onto the complete paint path when painting. So think of the image as being like a rubber sheet that stretches, twists, and turns to match the continuously changing path direction when painting. Note how each individual paint stroke is composed of a colorized chain link image that bends to match the paint stroke movement and positioning.
The image gallery below will run you through the various steps required to hand edit a Stretch2 Source Brush paint preset. To start off, I used the paint synthesizer macro edits (in the integrated help browser) and pressed the Reinitialize macro edit active link command (as shown in the 1st gallery image).