These are the things
that are making my paintbrush move today.
I love the rustic, earthy quality
of painting on fence board and pallets.
It is automatic texture for paint.
The light airy colors on
the deep textural background
are a cozy contrast.
These shapes and paint strokes
are easy to duplicate.
I hope you try it!
So start with fence board
30" long for the feather.
11" for the nest and egg.
It will look like this on the back.
or like this on the smaller boards -
Use Espresso Brown, Burnt Sienna, and Black
watered down and brush all over boards.
Then dry brush an off-white
over the brown/black base.
I used a light grey white.
It was Olympic paint "Quill" that I had on hand.
Lift the brush before you get to the edge
to leave the dark.
You can make simple paper patterns
in basic shapes to trace onto your boards.
For the feather I used
white, Craftsmart Suede, and Americana Neutral Grey,
and a little bit of Americana Sea Breeze.
I use a chip brush so it has ragged edges.
I think the main thing is to keep a very light touch
and not a lot of paint.
You can always add more.
Use a small angled brush to drag and skip
along the edge...keeping an airy look...
not a heavy line.
Using the same grey, white, and suede,
I also added Folkart camel and Craftsmart Espresso Brown
to the nest palette.
Again using a brush with rough edges,
make a circular motion
and dip your brush into several of the colors.
Then using a small angle brush
make a criss cross motion on the edges.
These will be your sticks
on the edge of your abstract nest.
Now for your egg.
Still using the same colors...
Sea Breeze, Camel, White, Grey...
Brush very lightly the color onto the board
even leaving some background white show.
Add a white highlight on upper left
and dark grey shade
on the bottom right.
Splatter Dark Brown
just a little bit
over all 3 art pieces.
Now you have some
sweet spring and summer wall art!
And you could arrange them in so many ways.
Hope you give it a try!