"A Folk Artist: One who finds sheer joy in painting simple, straight forward decorations in rich and beautiful colors."
Matte Flow Acrylics
Jo Sonja® Matte Flow Acrylics are flow formula acrylics offering the opacity of color and the beautiful, velvet matte finish associated with traditional gouache plus superb handling and brushing characteristics. Unlike gouache, they are water-resistant and will not chip or crack when cured. Made from the finest quality pure pigments, the colors will remain vibrant and true for generations. They are safe, water based and clean up easily with soap and water.SHOP NOW
Fine Artist Brushes
Combining the brush-maker's skill and advanced technology with the experience and sensitivity of a dedicated folk artist, we are proud to present a line of the highest quality brushes developed especially for the high technical demands of the decorative artist.SHOP NOW
New Online Class:
Appenzell Miniature Landscape Painting
The original piece was a tin antique spice container and is a rare find. We liked it so much that we had a custom bentwood container designed to hold 7 round wood canisters so that we could teach the techniques and design. The bentwood has been expertly crafted with all the detail and special touches that you would expect for an heirloom piece. It is pinned on the sides to securely keep it closed and has a diameter of approximately 11" and about 5” tall. It comes complete with the full set of 7 round spice containers which each have a diameter of about 2 ⅝" and are around 2 ⅝" tall.MORE INFORMATION
Jo Sonja's Online Classes
All lessons available are online streaming format. No DVDs, No shipping charges and No need to wait for it to arrive. After your purchase you have immediate, lifetime, on-demand access to all instruction and digital packet materials. Class Purchase Includes: On-demand, lifetime access anytime beginning immediately after your purchase.VIEW ALL
New Online Class:
Setesdal Ale Bowls
Setesdal is a small inner valley between Vest Agder & Aust Agder, Southern tip of Norway. Strong influences from medieval and Renaissance decoration persisted into all forms of folkart there, and, a strong preference for dragons, from the prows of ships to roof tops on the old Stave Churches, pews, portals, and chairs were decorated with carved dragons. Here, they are decorated with Setesdal roses which we hope you'll enjoy!MORE INFORMATION
New Online Class:
The Garden of
the Sea Dragon
This new class features floral, sea shell and Chinoiserie techniques. Sometimes I love to try something a little different and perhaps challenging. Inspired by two beautiful alder wood pieces, this was such a good time. Painting two very detailed techniques on shaped surfaces.MORE INFORMATION
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Design & Surface Bundles
Product bundles that include the unfinished wood piece and the design. FREE shipping on most bundles!
Brush bundles include one of each size for the brush series shown. Buy the bundle and save
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Jo Sonja's Nativity Ornament series. Another wonderful outlet for our creative journey. Each collection includes instructions, color photos, patterns and four etched MDF ornaments.
The world of folk art and design offers such a variety. These are the design packets by Jo Sonja that are currently available from our studio. We have placed these designs into categories but invite you to browse through them as many design combinations cross over several different sections.
We carry a select few general supplies. These are the ones that are used and recommended here in our studio. They represent some of Jo Sonja's personal favorites.
Books & Magazines
Our books and magazines are designed to introduce the artist to the world of folk art and decorative painting. Whether you are a beginner or advanced painter, a wealth of knowledge awaits. While you might select one to start, experience has shown us that eventually you'll be tempted to add them all to your library.