LITTLE HISTORY OF TOLE AND DECORATIVE PAINTING...
following is taken from the "Decorative Painter"
magazine issued bi-monthly by the Society of Decorative
Painters in the United States.
Painting" is a diverse art form that utilizes a variety
of techniques and media to decorate both functional and
decorative painting is a teachable art form because of the
systematic methods that are employed. The use of either
pattern or free-hand designs allows a high degree of success
without academic training or inherent drawing ability. Approached
with creativity, discipline and craftsmanship, contemporary
decorative painting offers numerous opportunities for artistic
self-expression and creative satisfaction. The scope of
contemporary decorative painting is boundless, incorporating
styles and techniques of the past, adapting these to the
trends and materials of the present, while at the same time
developing the decorative art heritage of the future.
Painting is the term that has been used historically for
decorative painting on tin surfaces, especially in New England
and by the Pennsylvania Germans. Today, in addition to tole
painting and folk art styles of many countries, (Norway,
Sweden, Germany, Russia, England, Mexico, etc.) contemporary
decorative painting includes facets of Early American Decorative
Painting (and in Canada, early Canadiana, primitive and
folk or country painting) such as stencilling, bronzing,
gold leafing, country painting, theorem, and graining.
Painting as we know is referred to as a "renewed"
art form. A lot of techniques and patterns disappeared during
the Industrial Revolution, people preferring the mass printed
decorations that were so new. However, around 1970, a group
of interested artists, one of whom was Priscilla Hauser,
formed the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painting.
In the beginning, this group numbered 22 members and has
now grown to 35,000+ members.