I got my paintbrushes out!
It's so relaxing and energizing at the same time.
I've been so busy learning to design patterns
on the computer and have them printed onto fabric.
Here is a sample of a watercolor flower that I painted
and then put into digital format for fabric printing.
Since I had so much fun painting my blue jay feather,
I wanted to share some steps with you guys
in case you would like one too
for this Spring and Summer.
I used 4 picket fence boards from Menards.
They are Saw Tex Fence Pickets for 99 cents each.
Base paint off white
lifting your brush at the edges to reveal
unfinished wood .
You can see the faint pencil sketch of the feather
outlined on the boards.
Here is a template for you to look at
and rough sketch.
Then starting at the bottom
with the lightest color,
I work my way to the darkest color on top.
The paints are wet so they blend as they go.
Here are some of the paints
that I used.
While your paints are still wet,
pull from the center out,
blending as you go.
With an up and down motion,
punch in some black horizontal stripes.
Then you can go back over and soften a bit
by pulling your brush down lightly.
Blend the black out more as you get to the bottom
of the feather.
Keep your paint application lighter there.
Now for some finishing tips:
Pull in some off white background paint
to make clean cut in sections.
Use a smaller flat brush.
Add some gray fine feathers on the bottom
with a liner brush.
You can also drag
some white dry brush or black dry brush
over top if you want more lines.
Also run a dark gray or black center line up the middle.
Hope you try it!
I hope to be back with another
paint project soon.