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Canal Folk Art - Roses and Castles Decoration

Roses and Castles decorated doors

About the Course

An introductory course where you will use traditional painting techniques and materials to create a unique piece of art ready for displaying in your home or on your boat.

Roses and Castles is the popular name for the traditional paintwork of narrowboats. Bunches of roses and medieval castles together with hand painted signwriting were used by the working Boatmen resulting in truly unique livery for their boats. This served to make them instantly recognisable as they plied their trade across the waterways.

You will learn various techniques from layout design, sketching an outline, colour mixing, paint preparation and how to use different sized brushes to great effect.

Sheila is self taught in the art of traditional roses and castles decoration as well as traditional signwriting often seen on canal boats. Having been practising for almost 30 years she has developed her own style of decoration but still adheres to the principles of the old tradition.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Enamel paints used in this traditional method of painting are white spirit based i.e. not water based. All paints, brushes, thinners and additives used on the day are included in the price with the option of buying a kit to continue practicing at home.

The course will aim to begin at 10am and finish at 4pm with buffet lunch at 1pm. There will be a break mid morning and mid afternoon.


Sheila Smith at Sheilamade
11 The Leys
Upper Boddington
NN11 6DG
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1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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