Traditional Norwegian Painting – Rosemaling Rules and Telemark Technique

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Rosemaling – the traditional painting of Norway!

Ah, the joy of painting. So little time and so many pieces of wood to paint…. the folk artist’s lament! Determined to get something painted this week, I traced a pattern on a base painted plate. I will share a few of the secrets to successful painting here.

For more on the history of Rosemaling, click on this link:

For the uninitiated, oils are quicker to paint because they blend so easily and beautifully, but take up to six weeks to dry….

On the other hand acrylic paint dries fast, does not give so much coverage and as for blending colours and shading/highlighting in acrylics…. well that has developed into an art form all by itself. It can be difficult to get a gradual blend of acrylic colour, even with chemical assistance such as retarders and various mediums that assist you…

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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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8 Responses to Traditional Norwegian Painting – Rosemaling Rules and Telemark Technique

  1. i just email forwarded the original to a friend I know would love this project! Great stuff!!


  2. M. R. says:

    It’s marvellous, Amanda!
    Now, on a totally different topic … Would you do me a favour?
    When you insert an image, if the version of it that you insert is the only size, would you make sure to select ‘none’ for the link? If you leave the link associated with the image, that little hand shows up on your page, making your reader think there’ s larger version of it available.
    Apologies for the lecture; it’s one I’ve delivered a thousand times. You are not alone! [grin]


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