How many times have you heard this statement? “I wish I could paint, but I am not artistic.”


I too use to say this. In fact, I can remember as a 12 year old, being so excited to have art as a proper subject, but was soon discouraged when my drawings and paintings did not meet the teacher’s expectations. 


I have always loved paint, so when I was deemed “not artistic”, I took to furniture painting, even before furniture painting and upcycling became trendy. That is until I came across Folkit at the Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. I watched Carol Sykes demonstrate the techniques, it looked easy - so I invested in a Starter Kit.


With the easy to follow step by step instructions, I produced a few lovely items and was hooked! Folk art is a skills based art form, so anyone can learn to paint in this way. There are a few basic strokes, which one combines to create different designs. I would liken it to handwriting - we all learn how to write  the letters of the alphabet and how to join them together to write words. The uniqueness of this type of painting is that, just like handwriting, all our work will look a little different - unique to us as individuals.


I have attended a few workshops at Folkit HQ and am now an ambassador and run my own workshops from my home. If you think that you too are “not artistic”, but would like to learn to paint, join me on a workshop. You will not only learn a new skill, but meet new people, enjoy home baked cake and spend a bit of time unwinding from the pressures of day to day life through mindful creativity.