Created especially for COMPLETE beginner's
 all over the world!

Did your school teacher tell you that you were not artistic? Have you tried different painting styles but just don't get it? If the answer is yes, then you're in the right place! We can teach you to paint the same way you learnt to write! No more doubts or struggles. Folk Art Painting will boost your mental health, unleash creativity, and build self-esteem. 

What is Folk Art Painting?

Folk Art painting is different from other forms of painting in that you first learn how to paint mindful brushstrokes then how to combine those strokes to create your subject and then your design. The designs can then be used to paint anything from a greeting card to a wardrobe! Folk Art is a traditional art form that has been around for hundreds of years, back in the day it was known as 'the art of the untrained artist'. Farmers and peasants used this type of paint to decorate cheap wood or tin as a way of improving their surroundings.  If you can say yes to the following then you can absolutely do this

I have patience to practice

I can write my name

I am ready for a creative, mindful hobby

Online Tutorials

We have broken The Progress NOT Perfection Course down into 12 modules. Each module focuses on learning a new stroke or technique. The 12 modules will teach you the complete foundation of Folk Art Skills. You will focus on ONE  step at a  time, ideally spending 2-3 hours per week on ONE module. The focus is always on Progress NOT Perfection and I guarantee you will be AMAZED at what you've achieved at the end of the 12 modules! The Online Classroom is open 24/7 so you can work at your own pace, in your own time.

Best thing I've done in years! I have never painted in my life but after just 2 weeks I have amazed myself with what I have produced. Highly recommended 5 stars all the way.


This is just a brilliant well thought out and put together course. It is so easy to understand and very encouraging. It is great value for money and the quality of the starter kit is fantastic. I highly recommend it as it’s for all abilities


I’m only halfway through this course safe to say I’m absolutely loving it the videos are very clear and concise feedback for submissions is very constructive and helpful and the whole group is friendly and willing to help with any problems you may have would thoroughly recommend


Loving this course. I am so pleased I chose to do this. I’m already on lesson 4 the video tutorials are great and the book helps navigate the course and is easy to follow with the tutorials. Getting feed back helps you to improve your strokes. Thanks Carol and Toni


I have been debating for months getting this course. I decided to give it ago, it really is as good as they claim, I have been improving steadily, and now feel fairly confident. If you are in any doubt if its right for you, I advise you get it, it won't dissapoint.


This is a very good course. All the materials are provided, there is plenty of help and encouragement and the projects are really pretty.


First Class Support

There is nothing more frustrating when you are learning something new and you have questions but nowhere to ask them! You NEED to know whether you're on the right track or why you’re just ‘not getting it’ Without this support, you are much more likely to give up. That's why me and my assistant Toni are always available via our private FB group, or via email. In addition as you complete each module we provide personal feedback and a certificate of completion when you've completed all 12 modules. 

Everything you need

As part of this very specially priced package you will receive a Workbook & Art Supplies Kit delivered completely FREE to your door!

It is one of the non-negotiables that all our beginner students need to start with the same tools as we are using, this ensures you're not struggling to get results. You'll receive everything you need. Exactly what you see us using in the online tutorials you will receive in your kit.  Specialist paints and brushes, transfer papers, and a stunning full-color workbook.

Why learn with us?

My name is Carol Sykes, and I first learned Folk Art skills during my time living in Perth, Australia. Before that, I had never seen or heard about this type of painting, but I really wanted to paint 'things' like plant pots and furniture. I had tried other types of art, but I wasn't good at them, and they weren't what I wanted to do. So when I discovered Folk Art, I knew that I had to share these magical skills with others. When I returned to the UK in 1995, I opened a small studio to teach others. Later, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach around the world for the paint company DecoArt. In 2015, I asked my niece, Toni, who was a psychology teacher at the time, to join me in spreading the word about Folk Art far and wide. I had taught Toni to paint when she was 16, and she was struggling with the pressure of exams. Over 20 years later, painting had become a stress-relief for her that she cherishes. We are both passionate about sharing our wealth of knowledge and the joy of mindfulness that comes with learning to paint. Witnessing our students' remarkable progress is the most rewarding thing we could be doing in life. We promise we will be there with you every step of the way.

What would it be worth to you to have something in your life that creates calm, nurtures your creativity, and makes you feel happier? 
Folk Art Painting is like doing meditation with paint, it quietens the mind and relaxes you while the power of doing something creative builds your self-esteem and makes you feel great! The package I have put together for you is worth well in excess of £250 + SHIPPING CHARGES but for a limited time, you can purchase the WHOLE package for less than half this price and a fraction of what you would pay for a 1/2 day workshop with me! I cannot keep it at this crazy low price forever, so if you're ready to invest in yourself don't miss this opportunity!

Progress NOT Perfection Folk Art Painting Course

This very special beginners package includes...


Life rewards those who dare to take the first step.



If you can say YES to the following you will LOVE this Course!

  • I am ready to let go of old stories and mindsets that tell me I'm not creative!
  • I am ready to COMMIT at least 2 hours per week to do something that will create calm, improve my self-esteem and make me feel happier
  • I am ready to take on board the Progress NOT Perfection mentorship that will allow me to relax and enjoy learning to paint

Christine Holmes - Australia

I am delighted with the course and really enjoying working through the contents at my own pace. I love that I can go over and over it and usually pick up something I missed.

Xenia Doualle - USA

The course I've been wating for! I have loved folk painted objects my whole life, and often tried to replicate those styles, but with mixed results. This is a perfect course for anyone who loves folk art, with amazing coaching along the way. Not only you learn painting, but perseverance and how to actually finish a project!

Paula Streger - USA

Doing the Beginner Progress NOT Perfection Course is honestly one of the best things I have ever done! The class is excellent! The support from Carol and Toni is unbelievable! The community they have formed has been a blessing! I have learned so much about painting but also about setting goals and finishing them! Thank you Carol and Toni! This has been life changing for me!