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Painting : Decorative, Folk Art, and Tole Painting

Creative Painting Techniques

Instructional Decorative, Folk Art, and Tole Painting Projects

Decorative painting is a form of art often used in folkart, stenciling, and other design applications. Learn more about this creative art form by trying out Creativity Portal's free tutorials by Annie Lang, Violette, and others, and by visiting our recommended Web resources offering more free decorative and tole painting projects, instruction, patterns, templates, tips, and techniques.

Finished Country Rooster Organizer

Try Annie Lang's Free Painted Country Rooster
Wall Organizer Project!

Featured Decorative Painting Tutorials

Annie Lang's Decorative Painting Projects
By Annie Lang
Try whimsical artist Annie Lang's free decorative painting projects. Includes free downloadable paper pattern templates.

Violette's Folk Art Painting Projects
By Violette
A variety of fun, creative projects by whimsical artist Violette. Release the creative spirit within while 'letting silly in!'

Decorative Painting Smoking Technique
By Tonya Hopkins
The smoking technique is a beautiful, unique background that will be sure to help "make" your work of art.

Decorative & Tole Painting How-to Websources

Patricia Rawlinson: Decorative Painting Artist
Visit Patricia Rawlinson's Web site for free painting lessons, tips, and techniques in Dry Brushing, Linear Brush Basics, and Float Color (in Seven Easy Steps). Learn more about the art of decorative painting by following her "A Painters Journey" blog to read a "diary of daily painting and the places it takes me."

Banyan Studios
A visually-stimulating site that brings you the information, support, and inspiration you need to become a great decorative painter! Features decorative painting classes; a glossary of painting terms; and a help section with FAQs, brush information, and painting techniques.

Country Expressions, My Paint Palette
Decorative painting and one-stroke classes. Features a Q & A section detailing what one stroke painting is and popular techniques to painting on windows, glass, tiles, and fabric. Site also offers free painting project patterns to download.

Quick & Easy Painting Magazine
Inspiration and ideas for decorative painting projects. Features current issue overview, back issues, submission guidelines, and free project.

Pro Faux Finishing
"Your resource for professional faux finishing and decorative painting." Features a section detailing step-by-step faux finishing techniques for over 15 special effects including: Sorrento, Autumn Leaves, Finitura Scopata (Swept Finish), Acquerello (Colorwash), Spaccature (Plaster Crackle), Venetiano (Venetian Plaster), Adobe, Pompeii, Elephant Hide, Drift Marble, and Crackle Technique.

Jan Fox Designs
A site showcasing the work of Jan Fox; features free patterns for a Trompe postcard tray, and a penguin light globe ornament.