Folk Art Style: Traditional and Contemporary Painting for Everyday Objects

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The author explores three distinct genres of decorative folk painting - traditional strokework, bold painting and blending - demonstrating the brush strokes and illustrating the huge variety of finished styles which can be achieved with them. Traditional folk motifs, fine art themes, Art Deco designs, contemporary minimalism - all these and more are used as the inspiration for 20 handpainting projects. The detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations show how each design is built up, encouraging readers to try their hands at transforming everyday objects or creating heirlooms and gifts. Guidance is also provided for buying the basic materials, preparation of surfaces, and the techniques of finishing.

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Decorative folk painting is the art of applying figurative work or stylized decoration to functional everyday objects. Typically, such adornment takes the form of a fruit-and-flowers approach, but Folk Art Style extends the boundaries well beyond the traditional, offering 18 lovely projects ranging in style from hatboxes and screens inspired by medieval illumination and Elizabethan portraiture to art nouveau and art deco motifs on furniture, Edwardian and lacquerware-style trays, and a lidded wooden box painted à la Georgia O'Keefe. The introductory section provides extensive instructions on various decorative painting methods (stroke work, bold, and blended painting techniques), as well as solid groundwork on using color, preparation and finishing, pattern transfer, and practice exercises. "Folk art," says this talented author, "recognizes that everyone has latent talent," and her book bears stunning witness to her faith in this belief. --Amy Handy

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Twenty years after the formation of an organization devoted to decorative and tole painting, the craft has been recognized by Americans as a bona fide hobby--indeed, a true profession. Coauthor of Decorative Folk Art, Edwards now offers a very detailed explanation of the three major folk art painting techniques--blending, bold painting, and stroke work--and provides 18 applied projects. Closest to a fine arts style is blending, in either a romantic or a classical mode. Stroke work, as the name suggests, depends on individual brush renderings to complete the pattern, whereas bold painting relies on outlines for a definition of shape. Although most of her projects lean toward the classical (a medieval illuminated hatbox, for instance), a few contemporary motifs, including one from artist Georgia O'Keeffe, will delight the modernist palette. Instructions are remarkably well illustrated and explained. A list of suppliers and a bibliography appended. Barbara Jacobs

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