Decorative Painting - Basics & Tutorials

Decorative painting is an artform with includes several categories. At decorative painting, which is sometimes referred to as tole painting, is the decorating of functional and non-functional items by painting on them. The painting medium used for decorative painting is oils or acrylics; today, most commonly acrylic paint is used because of the easy cleanup. We offer tutorials, basic, charts and lots of useful information for the beginner or advanced decorative painting artist.

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All About Brushes

Your brushes are the single most important tool you will use in decorative painting. Learn more about brushes. Artezan

Basecoating Guide

A guide to decorative painting basecoating. Artezan

Basic Painting Brush Strokes

Learn the basic painting brush strokes and then practice, practice, practice. Pamela Groppe

Comma Brush Stroke

One of the first strokes you need to learn in decorative painting is the comma stroke. Here is a tutorial along with tips. Miss Mustard Seed

Comma Stroke

Step-by-step instructions for painting the comma stroke. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Crackle Paint

One faux finish is crackle paint. This article is on how to crackle paint. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Decorative Painting - Crackling

Crackling tips when decorative painting. Artezan

Faux Leather

Interested in creating faux leather? This page will show you how. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Flat Brush

Want to learn how to use a flat brush properly? Watch these in-depth videos. Plaid Online

Folk Art Painting

What is folk art painting? Learn here. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Preparing Wood Surface

Decorative painting on wood requires basic preparations before deciding on any further treatment. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Round Brush

Want to learn how to use a round brush properly? Watch these in-depth videos. Plaid Online

S Stroke and Comma Stroke

How to paint the decorative S and comma strokes using acrylic paint. Crafts U Print

Society of Decorative Painters

This organization is a global community for painters and aspiring artists to share ideas, develop skills and participate in a fun, creative environment. Learn and join this organization. Society of Decorative Painters

Surface Preparation

Decorative Painting Tips: Surface Preparation Artezan

Tole Brush Stokes

Learn how to create tole brush strokes with the basics. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Tole Painting

What is tole painting? Learn here. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Transferring a Pattern

Learn how to transfer the pattern onto your project. Deco Art


In this article, they discuss applying varnish to surfaces painted with acrylics. Your Decorative Painting Resource

Varnishing Guide

Decorative artists looks forward to varnishing their project either because it means they're on the last leg of the journey or because they can’t wait to display it or give it the person it was intended for. Artezan

What is Decorative Painting?

An article about decorative painting. Artezan

What is Tole and Decorative Painting?

Want to know about tole and decorative painting? This is a short post on the subject. Decorative Painting Store

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