Norwegian Trolls & Rosemaling Vol. 1

9788299509312: Norwegian Trolls & Rosemaling Vol. 1

Hard Cover

High quality paper

64 Pages

31 Color pages

17 Exciting projects

If you have been searching for a good instruction book that will introduce you to and teach you the authentic Norwegian Rosemaling and folklore in a easy to understand manner, still being able to show you every important detail in how to master this wonderful art form, search no more....! This book has simple painting techniques for the beginners and challenging projects for the advanced painters. The projects are painted with the author’s unusual perfection. Her exceptional ability of composition and color choice are clearly demonstrated in every project as well as in each perfect stroke. The large exquisite color pictures are an unforgettable experience in themselves.

Norwegian Trolls & Rosemaling Vol.1 is the only new book available showing in clearly and understandable step-by-step how to create enchanted cute Troll-creatures on canvas and wood, combined with the beautiful and traditional art form of Norwegian Rosemaling and rich landscapes. Detailed color illustrations show you how to follow the author’s wonderful technique. Rosemaling and Trolls have been an important part of Norwegian culture and literature for centuries. In this book Rosemaling is taught with a new trend setting method showing how you can recreate these traditions in painting. These teaching techniques are developed by the author’s 26 years of teaching Rosemaling and other mediums both in Norway and the US. This includes 9 years at the Norwegian Folk University and 8 years in her own studio in Norway. Joan Dahl is the only known American artist that for 17 years taught the Norwegian their own folk art!

Trolls are the names on the supernatural large creatures that live in the Norwegian woods and mountains. They are closely related to “jøtnene” which are described in old Norwegian folklore. The stories about Trolls are strongly flavored by fantasy. They are also in modern times part of the Norwegian folk poetry and fairy tales, but hardly believed in as anything else than fantasy beings. Joan has taken the “liberty” of making her Trolls a lot less scary than usually portrayed. Many people even claim that her Trolls are kind of cute!

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From The Vikings To The United States.

Rosemaling, an art form over 1000 years old, was copied by the roving Vikings in the 9th century from the Greek and Roman acanthus leaf. They used carve this leaf on their ships as decoration and protection from evil happenings. This is one of the earliest Rosemaling forms known. Today’s Rosemaling continues the characteristically complex curving and interfacing of the organic decorations of the Viking Age. Today, the three prominent Rosemaling styles are Hallingdal, Rogaland and Telemark. With the loss of the original Master Rosemalers in Norway, there is a lack of good sources of instructions in the homeland of this beautiful art. There are no major teaching institutions available anymore. Several decades ago there used to be a Rosemaling School in a place called Sand in the southern part of Norway. But there are no major educational institutions available anymore or proper places to display art work, except for limited space in a few museums. The Norwegian authorities are! not supporting Rosemaling as they do with other art forms.

The US has become the adopted homeland of Rosemaling. This started with the mass immigration from Norway in the second quarter of the nineteenth century when also many Rosemalers moved to the New World. Much credit for this growing popularity must also be given to the great Vesterheim Norwegian-American museum in Decorah, Iowa. This is the US cultural center for priceless Norwegian art and heirlooms from the days of the first emigrants and up to modern times. Joan Dahl’s art work is on permanent display there along with the other treasures.

One of the favorite objects of Rosemaling in Norway was the storage trunk. This piece of furniture became the standard luggage of the immigrants. As a consequence, examples of Rosemaling came to America in an even greater numbers than the painters who produced this art. In the past, the connection between Rosemaling and America was largely due to historical circumstances. Today, a much more significant relationship is being established. The revival began with the immigrant groups, but soon attracted the attention of the broader American public. Rosemaling is now found in adult education programs and arts and crafts businesses all over the country. There are now many more Rosemalers in the US than in Norway!

From the Author:

As a Rosemaler and teacher for 26 years, my greatest joy in life is to take people who have never painted and helping them to become beautiful Rosemalers. To see the pain of their first painting strokes in their faces, to the later joy of a beautiful piece of finished art work. To see them grow more confident with each piece they paint and finally the accomplished artists and possibly selling their finished art.

To every student that I have had in my studios, I want to thank you because you have also taught me love and patience, given me joy and hope for those who are yet to come. God bless each and every one of you.

Thank you very much for having selected to purchase my books and attending my Florida and Online Seminars. Should you wish more information or help with your Rosemaling, never be afraid of contacting me personally. It is always interesting to have a Rosemaling with my readers and students so we can exchange ideas and experiences. Please email me for my Free support line number. My email address is:

When people ask me if I have a favorite piece of finished Rosemaling, my answer is “Yes”. My favorite project is always the current one I am working on. I try to put all my ability of painting and creating into every new design and project. I always feel that I have a little piece of myself in everything I create. When a project is finished, I actually feel a certain sadness about having to say “Good-bye” to and old friend. I therefore, move to a new project as soon as I can.... My philosophy is: If you have a few minutes a day to paint, do it! You are that much closer to finish your present project so you may be able to start on the next challenging art work.

I hope you will enjoy learning my painting methods and have as much fun as I have in creating beautiful Rosemaling art work and my little Norwegian Troll creatures.

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