There’s a fabulous book we love called ‘The Dot’ by Peter. H. Reynolds. It’s the story of a caring school teacher who dares a doubting art student, reluctant in her own abilities to paint by being brave enough to ‘make her own mark’ and begin by just painting a simple dot.
At her next art class she is surprised to see her ‘dot painting’ framed on display in the classroom. Seeing her dot, she says ‘I can make a better dot than that!’ and what begins with one small simple dot becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self discovery as she develops her artistic talents.
We love this story because we too were once that doubting student.
We have now had the pleasure of meeting and teaching hundreds and thousands of doubting students through the education system we have designed in our kits.
If you would really, truly love to be able to paint - start your journey with us, we will start you off with a dot, and before long you will be on your own journey of artistic self discovery.
Folk Art Painting has been around for centuries. It was known as ‘The Peoples Art’. We’ve updated the designs and created an easy to follow education system NO previous painting or drawing skills required! Practice and the desire to learn is all you need.
Back in the early 90’s while living in Australia, we were both introduced to Folk Art Painting. Both of us believed we weren’t artistic so we had no idea that what started as a few hours doing something for ourselves as young mums, was actually the beginning of new creative careers for us both.
Carol going on to having a teaching studio based in Sheffield and Sandra going on to having a successful career in interior design.
In 2012 we decided that we really wanted to spread our love for Folk Art Painting and share our knowledge and skills, we think everyone should know this wonderful art form exists and that anyone can achieve fantastic results.
We launched You Can Folk It! in September 2014 at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace, London to an overwhelming response. Since then we have achieved more success than we could ever have dreamed of. But our biggest reward will always be the messages from our students, who just like us, believed they could never be able to paint.