Rosemaling Painting Supplies
Here are a few good sources for common rosemaling supplies with partial lists of what they offer.
Blick Art Supplies - Rembrandt and Grumbacher oil paints and more, Golden Acrylics and more, acrylic and oil mediums, palette paper, transfer paper, palette knives, brush cleaners, all sorts of painting and art supplies
Jerry's Artorama - Rembrandt and Grumbacher oil paints and more, Golden Acrylics and more, acrylic and oil mediums, palette paper, transfer paper, palette knives, brush cleaners, all sorts of painting and art supplies
Cheap Joe's - Golden acrylic paints, Rembrandt, Grumbacher oil paints, oil and acrylic mediums, Loew Cornell round and filbert brushes, KingArt liners, palette paper, transfer paper, palette knives, brush cleaners, all sorts of painting and art supplies
Viking Woodcrafts - The largest supplier of decorative painting and tole books, pattern packets, paint, brushes, unfinished wood, other purfaces, supplies, and accessories for the decorative artist.
Craft Supply House - small wood items, candlesticks, small boxes, wooden ornaments
Creative Woodworks - chests, jewelry boxes, frames, boxes, lap desks, napkin holders, and more
DePalmas Custom Woodcraft - boxes, plates
Dufeck Wood Products - cheese boxes, tool boxes, trays, bread boards
Heirlooms of the Heart - variety of wooden items, boxes, clocks, sleds
Lusk Scandia Woodworks* - wide variety of unique wooden items, high quality
Montzka Woodwork* - high quality plates, platters and bowls
Nordic Designs - quality rosemaling woodenware, plates
Norsk Wood Works - unique ale bowls, carved pieces, kubbestols, plate racks and valances
Palette and Sawdust - small wooden boxes, a few unique items, cutouts
Pinecraft - variety of wooden items, ornaments, plates, JoSonja paints
Tomorrow's Collectibles - tines, trays, catch-alls, forks, spoons, ale bowls, covered bowls and other unique items
Turn of the Century Wood Products - plates, signs, mangle boards, ornaments, cutting boards, and patterns
Ultimate Woodworking - Classic Norwegian items, tines, ambars, tankards, bentwood boxes
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Gift Shop* - variety of wooden ware, specialty pieces, ornaments, also have paints and brushes, but may be limited in options
Viking Wood Crafts - variety of wooden items
Wood Things - located in Canada, cutout/laser items, ornaments, variety of shapes
Online Rosemaling Resources
There are a number of online resources for rosemalers to share information. Here's a list of some of the more popular online locations.
Rosemalers look to the old for inspiration.
Facebook groups (look these groups up on Facebook and request access to the group)
Rosemaling Buy, Sell and Trade Group
Brushes to the Wall Rosemaling Group
YouTube Rosemaling Channels
YouTube Video Suggestions
Background Paints in Common Rosemaling colors - These lists are incomplete and always changing as companies add and discontinue colors.
These are commonly used background colors. Most can be used directly from the bottle/tube, but some rosemalers may mix colors to achieve the desired shade. For more conversations about colors and paints, check out to the Rosemaling Forum.
Dark Victorian Teal
Lamp (Ebony) Black
Originally, rosemalers would have made their own paint brushes from sticks and hair/fur/bristles. These would have been in a round shape. Luckily, rosemalers no longer need to make their own brushes. Instead, you can take advantage of consistently produced brushes in a variety of styles.
There are four basic brush styles - flat, filbert, round, and liner. Often the brush a rosemaler selects is based on personal preference, and can vary from style-to-style.
Flat - Commonly used when the artist is wanting broad strokes or wanting to achieve shaded stokes by sideloading the brush.
Filbert - Similar to the Flat brush, but with rounded end for a softer-looking stroke.
Round - The most all-round paint brush, capable of doing most all strokes.
Liner - Producing the fine detail found in rosemaling. Used in combination with any of the above brushes.
Most rosemaling instructors will provide students with the brush to be used in class. Don't be surprised if you are asked to have a couple different brush styles and sizes. A commonly called-out brush brand is KingArt, with Golden Taklon bristles. Golden Taklon provides the proper "give" (not too hard, and not too soft) in order to produce beautiful rosemaling. There are other brands that make brushes with Golden Taklon, such as JoSonja brand, among others.
Liners, aka scrip liners, are important brushes that do the fine linework. Liners come in long, medium, or short length bristles. Short liners may be easier for beginners, but in order to do long strokes a longer bristled liner will be preferred. Practice with both to achieve the desired result. Common liner brands are made by JoSonja and KingArt.