Handicrafts & Folk Art


Handicrafts & Folk Art

Hello and Welcome to Handicrafts & Folk Art Group!
A group to share your flair towards creations/objects that originated from traditional cultures; especially forms of traditionally-made works of art and craft, that feature everyday or festive items, decorations, and skill of the hand.
Basically, this is the place to revive the dying activity of Folk Art and promote Handicrafts.

Share with the rest of us what you are working on; your Handicrafts and/or Folk Art; share tips, techniques, and even tutorials; favourite tools and appropriate material to use; any folk artist or culture you find inspiring; anything that can spread the love & passion, and preserve these customs!
Feel free to post or start your own discussion.

Just a few guidelines:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to handicrafts and folk art!
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.
  • Please be conscientious about copyright issues when posting any images. Images posted by Moderators on this site (that are not their own original work), originate from Wikimedia Commons and are used with the understanding and intent that they are for educational purposes only. Please note that Moderators of The Art Colony reserve the right to remove any content if there are copyright concerns.  If you have any issues with images posted in this Group, please let a Moderator know!  Thank you!  :)

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Members: 110
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2017


This is a Group for individuals to share their passion for crafted objects; skill with their hands; and, an interest in traditional folk culture.

Some handicrafts and decorative arts, that can be shared within this group, are classified here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handicraft#List_of_common_handicrafts

Looking forward to share ideas and fantastic artwork :D

Here are some tips for where to post in the group:

  • If you're just dropping by to say hello and share your latest handicraft or folk artwork, you can post in the Show & Tell section by typing into the text box at the bottom of this screen.  The Show & Tell area is best when you aren't necessarily looking for a response to your post.  
  • On the other hand, if you want to start a discussion and exchange thoughts and ideas with other members, it's usually best to create a new discussion by clicking the "Add a Discussion" button at the bottom of the Discussion Forum section of this page. 

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Discussion Forum

how to do folk art

Started by Barbara Cullen. Last reply by Barbara Cullen Oct 14, 2017. 1 Reply

I've just started to change from watercolour to doing brighter painting and more what I call direct art and feel it tends to lean towards Folk…READ MORE

Nee Color For The Walking Sticks And Canes

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by Judie Martinez Nov 9, 2015. 5 Replies

What do you think of the new color for Kentucky Walking Sticks and Canes?I think it's a really nice new look.I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.…READ MORE

The Dancer

Started by Alfred James. Last reply by Alfred James Aug 17, 2015. 2 Replies

The DancerMade from a piece of Leylandii branch that looked vaguely familiar until I trimmed off the other twigs and stripped off the bark to…READ MORE

Secret Weapon For Finding Curled Sticks

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by flavia coropatnitchi Feb 23, 2015. 1 Reply

Just watched a show on National Geographic where a man trained his dog to find moose antlers. Well, take a look at Trip the stick hunting dog. People ask, "Randy, how do you find all those curled sticks?" Now you know my secret!…READ MORE

Where Do You Sell

Started by Randy Spencer Feb 9, 2015. 0 Replies

Do any of you guys sell your walking sticks and canes on Etsy?I created an Etsy site to sell some of the walking sticks and canes, however I'm not sure how to promote the Etsy store.Any suggestions?I sell on my website, but I'm looking for other…READ MORE

Work In Progress

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by michele josiane martin Nov 23, 2014. 3 Replies

The four carved snake walking sticks are a work in progress.Once complete each staff will have world globe paper weight mounted onto the top of each staff.I'm planning to…READ MORE

Bright Colored Carved Snake Walking Stick

Started by Randy Spencer Nov 12, 2014. 0 Replies

Just putting the finishing touches on the walking stick.Although,…READ MORE

Red And White Carved Snake Walking Stick

Started by Randy Spencer Nov 8, 2014. 0 Replies

The walking stick is about 48" tall and the snake is white with red spots.Finished work on it this afternoon.What do you think?Do you like the colors?Any suggestions?…READ MORE

This Is Where The Curled Sticks Grow

Started by Randy Spencer Oct 31, 2014. 0 Replies

DO you see the curled stick in the picture?This is the kind of place where the curled stick grow, lot's of vines and briars.Cold weather is here in Kentucky. Time to get out the Gerber saw and look for curled sticks.…READ MORE

Kentucky Walking Cane With Worm Tunneling

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by Anton Abela Oct 30, 2014. 1 Reply

What do you think of this walking stick? I stained the walking stick, painted the worm tunneling green, and coated the walking stick with three layers of Minwax polyurethane.…READ MORE

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Comment by Anton Abela on February 16, 2014 at 11:50am

A giveaway that might strike the fancy of you all :)

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on January 16, 2014 at 10:19pm

Woohoo, congrats to all the winners!! Thanks everyone who participated, it was fun to see all the Halloween & Dia de los Muertos art in one place. Thank you Anton for hosting this fun event. Great work everybody!!

Comment by Anton Abela on January 16, 2014 at 7:51am

I apologize for being off-the-hook lately - do deserve a mob of angry crafters running after me with sticks, pitchforks, and torches
Here are the much anticipated results of TAC Halloween & Dia de los Muertos Competition.
Everyone did an amazing job, so everyone deserves a prize, and a Hard-Copy of a Certificate of Participation :)
What do you fantastic people think?

Comment by Stacy Woolsey on January 2, 2014 at 5:29pm

Definitely do it!!! As a teacher, I know my students LOVE it anytime their parents, grandparents, siblings etc do things like that! They are always so proud to show everyone else what their loved ones can do! DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!!

Comment by sharon oppenheimer on January 2, 2014 at 5:06pm

Hey Kip, This is definitely going to be a GREAT year and I think you should definitely give the school sale a go !! I would certainly buy one of your tiny gardens.I love them.I also am very shy about trying to sell my art but be brave !! It sounds like the sale will be a fun day and your Grandchildren will love it. Good Luck and Enjoy !!!

Comment by kip franks on January 2, 2014 at 4:50pm

Ohhhh, you all are sooooo nice.  I know I've been harping on these light bulbs-there is a reason.  My granddaughters school has a sale every year, and I can buy a both and sell my wares.  Do you think these would sell?  I'm so anxious about my art, and trying to sell it almost scares me out of my skin.  Thank you Susanne for the wonderful welcome back.  It's been a hard year, maybe the new one will be better.         Kip 

Comment by Stacy Woolsey on January 1, 2014 at 10:56pm

Love it Kip!  I recently started saving bulbs as well after seeing some projects on Pinterest. I think I like yours better!!!

Comment by Debbie Rippie on January 1, 2014 at 10:54pm

Very cool Kip!  I have never learned to macramé and I have always like it.

Comment by sharon oppenheimer on January 1, 2014 at 10:28pm

Awesome !! Kip !!

Comment by kip franks on January 1, 2014 at 9:44pm

I just recently started gutting out lightbulbs and planting terrariums in the lightbulbs.  These are lots of fun, and you can let your creative juices flow.  After I plant them, I macrame' a hanger-single strand- with some of the home made beads that we did as a trade project last year.  I looked and looked for something to use those beads with, because as I made the beads, I fell in love with doing these, but never had anything to use them for.  Well now I have found something to use them for.  When I'm done, I hang these bulbs in the window, and wala-pretty window.         Kip


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