In-person course

Canal art roses and daisies - decorate a wooden stool in narrowboat decoration



Beginners and intermediate roses and daisies – decorate a wooden stool

The content of the course will be to decorate a wooden stool with canal art roses, daisies and gypsy brush strokes using enamel boat paint, sign writer’s brushes and the same traditional techniques used to decorate narrow boats.

If you have an item you would like to paint instead of a stool, bring it along with you!

The morning will be painting roses and daisy bases and the afternoon will be decorating the bases with rose and daisy petals, finishing off with gypsy brush strokes. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge to decorate a narrow boat with roses and daisies. You will be able to decorate items for boats such as water cans, mop buckets coal hods etc. in the traditional manner and know where to purchase the correct specialist paints, brushes and materials.

This course is a good follow up to the "decorate a plate" course on this site but beginners are welcome on this course too. No previous experience is necessary and you don't need to be good at art, come along and have a go, make new friends and have some fun!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included in the course cost which includes the blank item to be painted base coated, paints, use of brushes, thinners, etc. and handouts and instructions which will be collated and placed in a file for you to take away with you together with your painted stool.
Lunch and drinks are also included.
Paint and brushes will be available for you to purchase at the end of the course.


Julie Tonkin at Canal Art by Julie
42 Fieldfare Close
Cradley Heath
West Midlands
B64 5QH

Suitable for

  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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In-person course
- - #10438

Really enjoyable and informative day, very pleased with the result. Lunch was great and would love to do another course.

In-person course
- - #10186

We had a very good day. Julie was very skilful in teaching the steps to painting roses and expected us all to achieve a good standard whatever our previous experience. All materials provided and lunch was great. A relaxed, friendly atmosphere made for an enjoyable but very productive day.

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