How to Make Painted Feathers | Sophie’s World

How to Make Painted Feathers | Sophie’s World


Hi I’m Sophie and welcome to my world
recently I was doing a summer program where they wanted to use natural stuff
like feathers and shells and that sort of stuff to make really fun arts and
crafts projects and so we came up with this idea of making painted feathers and
they’re really super easy and they actually ended up being so much fun that
I thought I’ll share them with my video audience so I’m gonna teach you how to
make a painted feather right now for this project you’ll need white feathers
8 to 6 inches long or longer small paintbrushes acrylic paint glitter
glue optional small container for paint water paper plate or work surface and
paper towels I’m gonna be using this blue piece of paper here as my work
surface because it’s a little hard to see these beautiful white feathers on a
white paper plate first thing I’m gonna do is just take a little bit of this
acrylic paint and you don’t need very much of it and I’ve got a nice turquoise
a nice green and this pretty magenta that I’m gonna be using now the one thing about these feathers
and painting them is you should be able to find these these are full feathers
what you want is a quill basically what you don’t want are those little fluffy
feathers you want a feather that has a whole feather shape to it I’m gonna be using small brushes and the main thing the most important thing is always go in the
direction of the feather don’t go against the grain of the feather go with
the feather and so you just start painting in the direction of the feather
turn it this way so you can see better so I’m going with the grain of the
feather these were super fun to design I mean because you can you can look at
like Indian designs or Native American designs you can look at all different
kinds of things the mandalas all kinds of fun shapes that you can use when you
want to change color I like to have different brushes for different colors
but when you want to change color you just do so and what’s great here
is that the natural way that the feathers because they’re made up of all
these tiny tiny tiny little strands they give you a line to just follow but again
it’s really important to try to go with the grain of the feather don’t go
against it and as you can see this is I mean this is really all you’re doing is
you’re just using the feather as your canvas now I like to do things like come
back and I got my my water here I always wash my brush and then use a
paper towel to dry it off just to make sure there’s no residual paint I like
doing things like coming back and putting little dots in and you can do
this if you want to want to make sure you get all that water out of your brush
you can do this if you – when when the feather is completely
dry and then the other thing I’d like to do
is add glitter glue and here’s the thing that’s fun about the glitter glue you
can you can squeeze it out of the tube directly on to the feather or you can
put it in your paint holder and then use a paintbrush to brush it on to the
feather I was thinking if you just did all of your feathers in glitter like
this you could use them for a fabulous like angel costume or something let me
show you what happens when these dry because they look really pretty when
they dry so you can just see that pretty glitter so these are just a few
techniques but you should feel free to just go to town but look at that isn’t
that pretty with with the gold glitter wouldn’t that make beautiful angel wings and then here’s one that I did that has the little dots that I was showing you
and then here’s one where I’ve used the glitter glue as my accent and again I
waited until this was dry and came back and did that and then this one I used it
as an emphasis in between my different paint swatches isn’t that easy and fun I
mean you could see yourself making a whole bunch of them right and here is
just to give you an example some of the ones that my sister Freda and I created
they’re really really fun and you can get as creative as you want to and then
you can either use them for bookmarks or use them in hats or headbands all kinds
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