Canal Boat Painting is fun

I have been working on some new designs to teach on  cruises later this year.

One of my classes will be canal boat (narrow boat) painting for beginners.

Traditionally oil based paint was used for this technique, but I will be using DecoArt Traditions. These are really good quality acrylic paints which will more than stand up to any uses my students will have for their finished items – not much chance they will be painting canal boats!

A [British] canal boat of traditional long, narrow design, steered with a tiller; spec. one not exceeding 7 feet (approx. 2.1 metres) in width or 72 feet (approx. 21.9 metres) in length Oxford English Dictionary

Narrow boats are wooden boats  used on canals. They were traditionally drawn by a horse walking on the towpath led by a crew member. It was and, indeed still is,  common practice to paint roses and castles on boats,  their fixtures and fittings. Common surfaces are furniture, coal hods and buckets.

Today the boats are mainly used for leisure purposes but can still be seen in all their glory, having been painted in the vibrant colours.

There are many books available……I really like this one by Anne Young

This style of painting is not too difficult if you are prepared to practice stroke work.

and…….funnily enough one of the passengers does have a canal boat and he was delighted to find a painting class onboard

Happy painting

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