Decorative painting is a general term to encompass all forms of painting for decorative purposes.The term Folk Art originates from country folk, such as farmers, carpenters and cabinet makers in sixteenth century Europe.

They occupied their time during the long winter months by making, repairing and decorating with paintwork simple pieces of furniture. Distinct styles and patterns developed in each country.

Decorative painting is often referred to as Tole Painting. This simply means painted tin ware.
Decorative styles such as stencilling, decoupage, trop l’oeil, faux finish, gold leaf, distressing, marbling, and antiquing all come under the umbrella of ‘Decorative Painting’.

... and BADFA ...

The Association was founded in 1993 when several artists, through their common interest in decorative painting and folk art, decided to establish contact with other artists throughout the country, and the world. BADFA was officially established in 1994.

We are proud of our society as it is unique in many ways, not only for its long established history, but also for its profile being renowned nationally and internationally.  Many strong friendships have been formed with like-minded people over the years, and painting skills enhanced from beginners to advanced.  We have a really strong, committed team in place working hard with the best interests of the members at heart.

As it is a ‘not for profits’ society, all members contribute on a voluntary basis and we have a quarterly newsletter, special exclusive offers to full members and more.  We also have BADFA stands at the NEC and the ICHF (see upcoming events) and an annual convention where anyone can come along and try their hand at a mini workshop with friendly welcoming teachers.

On this website you will find details of where to find a teacher, upcoming events, and a link to our forum which will enable you to ask questions and make friends who willingly share their knowledge. Anyone who can hold a pen can learn brushstroke techniques and learn to paint!Please check out the gallery to see some of our members work.New members are always welcome!  Please see the how to join section.