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:
http://forestwood.webs.com/norwegianfolkart.htm

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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Telemark Rosemaling Tutorial

Ever heard of Norwegian Rosemaling? This beautiful art form comes from Norway and has its roots in religious art forms dating back to the Renaissance. Free-flowing and dynamic, the Rosemaling from Telemark is regarded as the most beautiful. Here is a simply guide to painting your first Rosemaling project in acrylics.