Tolepainting Styles

Below are some tolepainting styles.

This style is both seasonal and what some artists refer to as "cutsey". The designs are painted on a lightbulb (left) and a glass Christmas ornament (right) painted with acrylics (designed and painted by Helen Nicholson).
This is an example of realistic painting, using oils (designed and painted by Dorothy Dent).
This bowl is an example of folk art (designed and painted by Andy Jones)
Zhostovo painting originated in Russia and was normally painted on trays. The designer/painter of this piece, Heather Redick, travels world wide to teach this painting method.
This dresser is a flea market find, painted in the one-stroke style. The developer of this technique, Donna Dewberry, taught herself to paint because as a mother of 7 she couldn't afford classes. She wanted beautiful pieces for her home, and thus this style was born. It is a relatively quick way to paint, without alot of basecoating, the technique calls for properly loading the paint on the brush to cover and do the stroke work all in one stroke.

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This site was modifed on March 27, 2011