My Painting Journey

Hi Everyone! I’m Gill Hobbs, a Folk Art Painter and Teacher from North Cornwall. UK. Married with two children, a dairy farmer’s daughter who learnt at an early age to amuse myself. I’ve dabbled in several crafts over the years; knitting, crochet, patchwork, cross stitching and stamping to name a few, but my love of painting has out shone them all. I found this style of painting in 2002, and I have yet to look back.

I started with the Donna Dewberry technique One Stroke; it was a good starting point. Although it was much harder than it looked. I joined an on-line forum based in America “One Stroke Painting & More” was totally amazed by the art these fellow members were painting. Several ladies attended a Ros Singleton Seminar and learnt to paint beautiful roses. I was so envious! I googled Ros Singleton and found a painting related company here in the UK “Auscraft”  Heather Hess passed on contact details for a teacher based near Crediton. An amazing teacher - Lola Gill ..... she taught me basic Tole Painting techniques ...... Just one lesson was enough to know I was on the right track, I was hooked on this style of painting, basecoating elements of a design and floating colour for dimension. Much more detail and not as quick to paint but the results are amazing.

Lola introduced me to BADFA (British Association of Decorative & Folk Art). I attended my first Convention in 2006. Painting and learning so much from other teachers and meeting new friends and it opened up a new world of possibilities.

I have attended lots of conventions and seminars. I’ve travelled far and wide from Cornwall to West Yorkshire, across the country to Essex and Norfolk and lots of other places in between. I’ve painted with the best teachers available here in the UK and been extremely lucky to attend several seminars with International teachers too.

I started teaching in 2011, I had reached a point where I was confident enough to pass on my knowledge to anyone willing to try this amazing art form.
I practiced with family and friends before opening the door to other students.

I was accepted as a DecoArt Helping Artist soon after.

I use DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint, a brand I highly recommend plus all the mediums that can be added for painting on a vast array of projects.

Folk Art is workshop taught, no artistic talent is needed. No drawing skills.
The only thing a beginner needs is the will to try and time to practice.

My courses are built on basic techniques. I will take you through the ability levels, working at the individual students pace of learning.

Beginners - “Acorn”

Improver/Intermediate – “Saplings”

Intermediate/Advanced – “Oak Trees”

I added the Folk It designs into my portfolio in 2015, gradually building the new students personal painting portfolio with the kits and resources from each course. I encourage students to keep a journal of their progress from day one. These kits are intermingled with my original portfolio designs teaching repetition with so many different options.

My aims for the future – Filming more videos for You Tube, selling my design pattern packs and I would love to produce a book. Hopefully one day I will attend a Convention in America to meet some of the awesome cyber space friends I have the pleasure of knowing on various FaceBook painting related Groups.

Happy Painting.