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Decorative Painting & Folk Art

Traditional Tole, Rustic, Country Painting


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Decorative & Folk Art Painting

Decorative Painting is also known as Folk Art Painting (or Folkart), Tole painting, Rustic painting or Country painting.  It is a diverse art that uses painting techniques to decorate surfaces.  Present-day decorative painting is a highly teachable art form where the patterns or freehand designs allow great success without academic training or inherent drawing ability.

Decorative painting is easy to learn and requires very little artistic skill because it is mostly technique-based – learn the technique, practice and apply.

The image on the right shows a complete novice learning how to paint with guest tutor, Maxine Thomas, during a painting workshop organised by the UKDP.

Support Groups, Networks, Training and Tuition

UKDP - UK Decorative Painters

UK Decorative Painters (UKDP) was formed in 2010 to provide a National Organisation for Decorative Painters.   The primary aim is to have a professional, friendly and enthusiastic forum for people who want to be involved in decorative painting.  UKDP consists of an enthusiastic group of decorative painters eager to share skills and pass on knowledge by making decorative painting accessible to anyone who would like to give it a try.   No experience is necessary and UKDP invite you to contact them to find out how you too can enjoy this wonderful art form.  The official website for UK Decorative Painters: www.ukdecorativepainting.co.uk.

BADFA - The British Association of Decorative Painters

The Association was founded in 1993 when several artists, through their common interest in decorative painting and folk art, decided to establish contact with other artists throughout the country, and the world. BADFA was officially established in 1994.

We are proud of our society as it is unique in many ways, not only for its long established history, but also for its profile being renowned nationally and internationally.  Many strong friendships have been formed with like-minded people over the years, and painting skills enhanced from beginners to advanced.  We have a really strong, committed team in place working hard with the best interests of the members at heart.

As it is a ‘not for profits’ society, all members contribute on a voluntary basis and we have a quarterly newsletter, special exclusive offers to full members and more.  We also have BADFA stands at the NEC and the ICHF (see upcoming events) and an annual convention where anyone can come along and try their hand at a mini workshop with friendly welcoming teachers.

On this website you will find details of where to find a teacher, upcoming events, and a link to our forum which will enable you to ask questions and make friends who willingly share their knowledge. Anyone who can hold a pen can learn brushstroke techniques and learn to paint!Please check out the gallery to see some of our members work.New members are always welcome!  Please see the how to join section.  http://www.badfablog.blogspot.co.uk/

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Method is much, technique is much, but inspiration is even more.
We would love to hear from other groups that encourage, support and promote decorative painting too, particularly if you work with DecoArt products.