This is a beginner book for learning the basics of Swedish Folk Art, a beautiful painted art that was done in Sweden in the 1700, 1800's and early 1900s. There are several different styles which are described in this book and there are patterns of each with complete instructions. There are several pages with illustrated strokes to show the novice painter how to approach and decorate wooden pieces with this ethnic art form. Diane Edwards has done much research into Scandinavian folk art and she has simplified the approach to this art form using acrylics and easily available brushes for today's artist. This book is a great introduction to the beautiful Swedish art form that can be applied to any present day decor. Included are easily usable patterns and instructions in exactly how to apply them to wood, walls, paper and canvas. There are many books available to study this art form but this is one of the few that can be used to learn how to paint it from the basics on to the more complex designs and patterns. Diane has also written a second book on Swedish Folk Art, "Swedish Folk Art, Floral and Kurbits Designs" that is also available. There are colored photos of all the designs in this book with black and white drawings of the designs. There are colored pages with basic strokes and the patterns broken down into the basics that make all of them up. There is also an extensive Bibliography of all the Swedish and Scandinavian books that make up the history of these beautiful art forms. Also, there are extensive listings of the supplies that are easily available to any artist who would like to learn how to do this type of folk art painting. There is also a conversion chart for DecoArt Acrylics and JoSonja Acrylic Gouache which can be obtained in your local craft store or online arts and crafts retailer. She has also written a Norwegian Folk Art book for Young People showing very basic painting techniques for children or adults who want very basic information on Folk Art Painting.