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, I discovered Folk Art Painting. I wanted to find something that would allow me to make my house a home, to decorate walls and furniture and would also allow me to do something for myself now my two sons were in school. Little did I know that that first workshop would lead to me running my own business with my sister and becoming a DecoArt Helping Artist. Travelling around the world teaching these skills to others was a dream come true.
In 2012, the idea of You Can Folk It began to form. I passionately believe that Folk Art is a skill that everyone can benefit from. I know myself how adding a little creativity changes lives and wanted everyone to know that this wonderful art form exists.
You Can Folk It! launched in September 2014 at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace, London to an overwhelming response. Since then we have developed our painting kits and Online Studios. We have also created a thriving Ambassador group and now have people just as passionate as us, teaching our lessons around the UK. Our biggest reward however, will always be the wonderful feedback and grateful messages from our students who are now enjoying the many benefits of being creative.