Folk Art Painting has been around for centuries. It was known as ‘The Peoples Art’ - the art of the untrained artist. We’ve updated the designs and created an easy to follow learning system, we teach you to paint the same way you learnt to write, 1 dot and 1 brushstroke at a time. NO previous painting or drawing skills required!
Practice and the desire to learn is all you need.
There’s a fabulous children's book we love called ‘The Dot’ by Peter. H. Reynolds. It’s the story of a teacher who encourages a doubting student, reluctant in her own abilities to paint, to make a start by painting a simple dot. And what begins with one small simple dot becomes a breakthrough as she develops her creative talents.
We love this story because we too were once doubting students and even before meeting you we can pretty much guarantee that you are too, because during our 20+ years of painting & teaching, 99% of people we meet tell us that they are not creative and would never be able to paint. Sadly, because that's a belief that has been instilled in them from their school days, they never ever try and are missing out on so many benefits that painting brings to our everyday lives. Think back to your school days, at the age of 5 we started to learn to write, 26 letters of the alphabet, we had to memorise them, learn how to put words, then sentences and paragraphs together, learn how to join up the letters and we all eventually developed our own style of hand writing. If someone landed from Mars and watched you writing a letter to a friend today they would be amazed at how you can remember all those letters, how to put them all together, but you do it without thinking because we were taught in a very structured, step by step way. Had we been taught to paint in the same way, we would all have the same confidence to paint as we have to write.
Creativity is not something you are or you aren't, it's something you do or you don't.
If you would really, truly love to be able to paint - start your journey with us, we will start you off with a simple dot. Right now you don't need to think any further than that dot, look at these 3 beautiful designs you will learn in your first lesson - if that's all you ever do, we guarantee you will be over the moon, not just with the designs you learn, but with the relaxation and enjoyment it brings you. It's like doing a meditation with paint, when you're playing and doodling, you cannot be thinking about your worries at the same time. Click here to get started!
Back in the early 90’s while living in Australia, we were both introduced to Folk Art Painting. We 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 teaching Folk Art Painting and Sandra working in interior design.
In 2012 we began working on a way to spread our love for Folk Art Painting and share our knowledge and skills, we know how adding a little creativity changes lives and so feel everyone should know this wonderful art form exists.
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 thankful messages from our students who are now enjoying the benefits of being creative.