I found this beautiful project packet over at my all time FAVOURITE folk artist' web site - Jo Sonja Jansen
It's making me feel the tingle in my fingers, the itching to pick up a paint brush, the yearing to squeeze out all those yummy colours from the multitude of paint tubes lying in my cupboards.
I learned to paint what I call Folk Art (but others may know it as tole painting, decorative painting, etc) about 21 years ago.
I was first drawn to it when I saw an article in a magazine here in Australia.
The story was about a woman who decided to rediscover her Scandinavian roots, and took up the Norwegian form of folk art, known as Rosemaling.
The image in the article was of a pair of skis that she had painted in this style. I was immediately drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the design - simple, flowing strokes and scrolls in warm, yet vibrant colours, against a dark background.
I signed up for class and off I went.
Folk Art painting really took off in Australia, and around the world. I eventually became a teacher and published books, but I couldn't help thinking that we over the years, we were losing something by swapping the original simplicity for more complicated and clever designs and techniques.
For those of us involved in creative pursuits, I think we do it for the roughly the same reasons, whatever the craft.
We love the colour and the ability to make our own colour choices.
We love the tactile quality, be it wool, thread, paint or fabric.
And we love the freedom to create a world around us that communicates to others how we feel and what we love.