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Polish Folk Art

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Polish folk art is a traditional art form that thrives in the villages and small towns of Poland. It reflects the everyday life and interests of the local people. Polish folk art paintings follow symmetry and mainly consist of floral designs and roosters among other things. It uses bright and vibrant colours and can be seen in the interiors of homes, on artefacts and on various structures across the country.

What You Need:
  • Wooden roti chakla (or any wooden surface)
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints
  • White chart paper
  • 6B pencil
  • A heavy object or a coin
  • Tape
  • Thin- and thick-nibbed black marker
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wood varnish

  • Rub a piece of sandpaper on the wooden chakla to make the surface smooth.
  • Paint the chakla with white paint. Let it dry.
  • Draw a circle the size of the chakla on white chart paper and cut it out.
  • Place the circle on a flat surface and fold it in half. Draw a design using a 6B pencil inspired by Polish folk art on 1 half of the circle as shown. Fold the circle and rub the heavy object or a coin on the paper to get an impression of the design on the remaining half of the circle.
  • Open the fold; you will get a light impression of the design on the other half. Darken the impression using a 6B pencil as shown. 
  • Stick the paper face down on the chakla using tape.
  • Rub a coin on the paper to transfer the entire design on the chakla.
  • Remove the paper. Your design would have been transferred onto the chakla as shown.
  • Paint the design using various vibrant colours. Whilst painting, use several strokes or lines inside the design.
  • Paint the design completely and let it dry for a while.
  • Use a thick marker to give your design an outline. Use a fine marker for intricate details. If needed, add more details using a black marker on both halves of the circle to get more symmetry.
  • Once the painting is complete, apply varnish on the chakla to secure it. Your very own Polish folk art-inspired creation is ready.
About the Artist
Dipika Gurnaney studied at the Sir J J School of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Dipika has been teaching children art since 2002.
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