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Tag Archives: folk art
Week 3 of the Design Challenge examines Space as an element in drawing your own piece of art. Continue reading
Colouring in can be very relaxing and a way to engage with art in a non-threatening way. Particularly for those who might think they aren’t artistic. My Rosemaling colouring in designs allow you to familiarise yourself with the forms and begin to understand this art. Build your confidence in drawing with this lovely Norwegian folk art. Continue reading
Learn how to design your own artwork examining the elements and principles of art and how it applies to design and to Norwegian folk art. Continue reading
There are a variety of elements used in every artistic design or piece. Principles applied to the elements bring them together in an eye-pleasing cohesive unit. Knowing this can make the difference between being able to produce an attractive or disjointed piece. A design challenge can improve your skill level, inspire you to extend yourself, and give you confidence in your designing skills. My focus is on traditional art but this challenge could apply to any artistic pursuit. Continue reading
Traditional Tuesday examines a beautiful old porcelain technique developed near Moscow in the 1800’s. Although Stoneware had been produced in this region since the 1400’s, it wasn’t until 19th century that the Russians perfected Chinese porcelain techniques in Gzhel. This traditional legacy continues today. Continue reading
Wedgwood and Sons, produce Wedgwood, fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories. The company was founded on 1 May 1759, by Josiah Wedgwood. It is not my favourite thing but I do admire the artistry in its production. I used wedgwood … Continue reading
Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. I encourage you to leave a comment, if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photo, was taken. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog. Guest contributions are always welcome. Regular contributor Drake has kindly contributed this week’s mystery photograph.
Where in the world would you find the following structure? Continue reading
The beauty of the traditional arts is that they are by ordinary folk, untrained and unskilled. The techniques used, are taught, from family to family, father to son, mother to daughter. Their charm and naivete belies the history, long tradition and meaning in the work.
The vibrant colours and cheery designs are a way for the peasants to brighten up their daily lives. Continue reading
Rangoli is a traditional women’s art form common in Hindu households throughout southern India. Designs are drawn directly on the ground and entranceways as part of a ritualistic religious practice. The front steps, entrance, and walkways of buildings are properly cleaned and then decorated with designs and patterns made with chalk powders. There are a remarkable variety of styles and motifs which vary according to the tribal groups and festivals. Continue reading
No matter where you travel, in the world, within each region you will find examples of innovative forms of folk art. These are not completed by the skilled artisan, but rather by the common person, often with little training and … Continue reading
Doodling with a pencil or paintbrush can assist in tapping into the right side or more artistic side of your brain as the logical left brain gets silenced. I developed a new logo for my artwork a day or so … Continue reading
So many things are thrown away that are still useful. This stool was just begging me to rescue it from a kerbside clean up. And even with just a small embellishment, it has found a new home on my porch. … Continue reading
Despite the intense heat of the last few days, I did manage to produce a small item of decorative art. An old metal jug/watering can needed a facelift. A simple daisy flower painted with a technique of using progressively … Continue reading
In a few hours, I decorated this box that has been a veritable contender for ‘Veteran Olympics’ in my UFO collection! But now, it will be complete, with a coat of varnish, and ready for a gift for my son’s best girl… Continue reading