Ale Bowl Birds - Rosemaling Design & Techniques - Online Class

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 Class Details and Benefits:                                             
  • New!  Filmed in High Definition
  • In-depth Video Instruction - 4 class sessions - 5 hours total
  • On-demand access anytime beginning immediately after your purchase.
  • Downloadable PDF resources including closeup photos, patterns and instructions.  Color step sheets

Class Includes:

  • Painting techniques and historical discussion for four different Rosemaling Styles:  Hallingdal, Telemark, Os, Vest Agder.  One separate session for each style.
  • Drawing & Design lessons those styles
  • Techniques for sketching designs on unusual & difficult surfaces
  • Color worksheets and photos

 Class Bundle options available to choose from above:

Bundle options are available for printed packet, the beautiful hand carved Bantam waterfowl ale bowls, free shipping AND online class access.


This series of videos features four Rosemaling styles each done on a different hand carved ale bowl.  Traditionally the table was set for a special meal. In the center of the table would be a very large wooden bowl filled with ale. The ale bowl was a prominent object in many rural Norwegian homes and farmhouses..  Some were large enough to hold several liters of ale. These larger ale bowls frequently held smaller ale bowls which would float in the beer and could be used to dip the beer from the larger vessel.   Using the bird shape, especially a goose one, for a container or scoops is an ale tradition.

These are smaller Bantam ale bowls – See the sizes on the photo descriptions for each piece.  Each is a beautifully hand carved replica of an actual antique bowl.   They are perfect as a gift or legacy pieces for the home. 

Bantam bowls

Hallingdal Goose Bowl - 7" long x 3.25" wide x 3.75" high

Os Ale Hen - 7.25" long x 3.25"wide x 3.75" high

Telemark Swan - 8" long x 3.25"wide x 4" high

Vest Agder Ale Duck  - 6.75' long x 3.25"wide x 3.75" high

The hand carved bowls are available as a set of four and will be available individually shortly.

Bundles include FREE US Shipping.  Bundle purchases include a printed version of the pattern packet. 

Jo Sonja's Artist Colors
Painting medium of choice
Kleister Medium
Retarder Medium
Flow Medium (optional)

Jo Sonja's Artist Colors

Orange or Vermilion
Napthol Red Light
Red Earth
Red Violet or Purple Madder
India Red Oxide or Purple Madder
Yellow Oxide
Gold Oxide
Antique Brass or Raw Sienna
Pthalo Blue or Prussian Blue Hue
Storm Blue
Pthalo Green
Olive Green
Teal Green
Brown Earth
Carbon Black
Smoked Pearl or Warm White
Raw Umber

Jo Sonja's Sure Touch
Series 1350, 1352 or 4010  - #2-3 round - Basic Painting
Series 1385 or 1387 - #4-6 filbert - Basic painting
Series 1360 #2 Short liner - Small details
Series 1360 #18/0 liner - Very fine lines
Series 1355 #1 Detailer - Tear drops
Series 1318 3/8" Base coating, applying Retarder, varnishing, glazing
Series 1318 3/4" Oval Wash - Blending out Retarder and glazes