Friday, October 7, 2016

How to Paint Rustic Pheasant Feather Wall Art

Harvest, Cornhusks, and Pheasant Feathers...

things that remind me of fall.

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I thought I would share a few painting tips

on the pheasant feather wall art.

First I love that it is a big long piece.

I used 2 cedar fence boards, 55.5" long.

So the piece measures 11 x 55.5".

Based in a brown wash

(watered down brown paint).

Let that dry.

Paint the next coat a white and grey mix,

lifting at the edges to get a worn edge look.

I sketched a chalk line shape of the feather.

Using a a folded piece of cardstock paper,

I dipped in tan and outlined the feather.

Then filled in pulling from the outside to the inside.

The first tan color I used ended up being too light.

I would start with a mix of Folk art camel and Raw Sienna.

I used a brown stain too.

I was trying to achieve a golden brown.

On the first go round,

I drug wide brown stain stripes with the cardstock.

You could use a dark brown paint. It will dry faster.

Then I painted a little more raw sienna and brown to make it darker.

Then I used a brush to paint a little black over the stripes.

On the lower right side of the feather, I splattered

some camel color and then some brown.

Paint finer detail black random stripes here.

On the edges I used dark brown 

and used my brush to pull in a feathered look.
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If it is not feathered enough,

use your gray and pull from the outside to the edge of the feather.

This will help make it look airy.

I think this would be a great outdoor welcome

with some pumpkins!

Hope you try it!


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Linda said...

Now, if I can pull this off half as well as you did, I'll be a very happy girl! I really am going to give this a try. It could go so many mind is running wild! Thanks for the clear instructions and the great idea.

Deb Hrabik said...

Yay! So glad you will give it a try!

Jan said...

Great post again! You always give such easy instructions. Thanks, Jan P

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Jan!
Much appreciation,

Martin said...

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