Monday, 16 December 2019

Frequently asked questions

Ok, so you have got your brushes, you've got your paints, you've dabbled a bit and love to Folk It but you don't know what to do next.  Well, here is a handy round-up of a few ideas to inspire you to take the next steps.

"I've learnt the dots and I'm ready to learn to use the round brush.  Which tutorials should I try next?" 

Although some customers like to progress their learning based on the designs they like, Carol has broken down the program into levels.  Our Starter kits are level 1 (think of them as the first lesson in a series of workshops) our Daisy Details and Bluebirds are Level 2 and our Angel Art, Vintage Rose and Delicate Lace are Level 3.  Each lesson is graded on the skills you learn and build on and the time it may take to practice those skills and designs.

If you love our Daisies, take a look at this tutorial that teaches you how to design your daisies to fit your project.
If you love our Vintage Roses, why not develop your skills with our Canal Art booklet?
If you love our Delicate Lace, check out this tutorial where you can combine our round and flat brush skills to create a beautiful range of patterns and borders?

"I have learnt a few designs and would love something different to build my Round brush skills" 

Why not try our popular Poppy tutorial? Moving away from comma strokes but still using the Round Brush this is a fun tutorial when the more paint you can get on your brush the better your brushstroke will be.  This is a more relaxed technique with no need for tapered ends so it is great for when you need a little break from our other designs.

"I am really enjoying learning to paint but I am getting a bit bored with my practice sheets, what do you suggest?" 

There are no rules when it comes to practicing, you can fill a page with brushstrokes doing 'drills' or you can put them into a doodle.  If you fancy something a little different, why not try our Hinderloopen design? This popular lesson encourages you to paint lots of comma strokes using your brushes to create a gorgeous golden design.

"I really want to be a bit more adventurous with my painted backgrounds, what can I do?" 

There is nothing wrong with painting on to a plain surface but sometimes you need more. There are a range of options and techniques available.  A popular medium with our customers is Weathered Wood. Sandwiched between two contrasting paint colours this medium helps create a cracked effect perfect for adding a vintage look to your project.

Another way you can age your work is to use Antiquing. This technique, as Carol shows here, helps tone down your colours to create a beautifully worn look.

In our Lace tutorial, Carol also shows you how to use cling film to add texture to your backgrounds.  This easy to create technique creates a wonderfully unique pattern everytime.

"I like the idea of creating a 3D look to my paintings using light and shade but don't know where to start" 

Our Level 3 Cupcakes and Babushka kits show you how to 'float colour' which is the technique used to add light and shade to your work but if these designs don't inspire you, that's ok.  Check out our Butterfly tutorial here or our Lace tutorial here.  These will show you how to use this invaluable technique that we use in our popular Teddy Bear lesson.

"I've bought myself a full set of brushes from Folk It and there's a few I don't know what to do with, help!" 

Our luxe label brushes contain a range of old favourites - different sizes of round and flat brush to allow you to paint our designs in a variety of sizes but we have also introduced some new faces to help you develop your skills with You Can Folk It.  

Angle brushes - these flat brushes make it easier to float colour and gives you more control when adding paint to tricky spaces. You can use the angle brushes in the same ways you use a flat brush to create beautiful designs like this pansy.  Why not have a play and see the difference?

Rake brushes - these flat brushes have long and shorter bristles in them which mean they are perfect for adding texture to your painting.  Use them to paint grass, hair, fur and to cross hatch.  Carol shows you how to use this fantastic brush to create a wonderfully fluffy beard in our Santa tutorial.

Deerfoot brush - this is great for stippling (the technique used when stencilling).  This brush is great for building texture such as teddy bear fur or snow on your Christmas creations.

We cannot wait to bring you more tutorials to help you add to your skills and use these brushes with confidence.

Is there a tutorial you would love to see on our online studio? Do let us know and we will see what we can do!

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