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Fun and Easy Watercolor Feathers | Painting a Feather Wreath

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. PART 1 FEATHERS

    • 2. PART 2: Materials

    • 3. PART 3: Brush Stroke Drills

    • 4. PART 4: Forming a feather

    • 5. PART 5: Feather designs using a Flat Wash

    • 6. PART 6 Feather designs using the Gradient Wash

    • 7. PART 7: Feather designs using the Wet-on-wet Wash

    • 8. PART 8: Class Project 1 - Simple Feather Wreath

    • 9. PART 9: Class Project - Feather Wreath

    • 10. PART 10 FEATHERS

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About This Class

Learn the easy and fun way of painting feathers and create your own feather wreath!

All you need is a watercolor paint, pointed round brush, watercolor paper, and a mixing palette.

In this beginner-level course, you will learn the following:

  • Brush Stroke Drills: The fundamental brush strokes used in creating feathers
  • Basic Watercolor Washes (Flat, Gradient and Wet-on-Wet Washes): When and how to apply these in painting feathers
  • Feather Designs: Fun and creative ways of designing your feathers
  • Step-by-step process of painting a feather wreath

By the end of the class, you will be able to paint feathers and apply the techniques to create your own feather wreath.

I can't wait to see your projects. Enjoy creating!



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Hi! I am Yen, a watercolor artist based in the Philippines.

My art journey started in 2018. Painting was a pastime for me, a way to relax and a way to release stress. (Usually, I paint after my 9 to 6 job as an accountant haha!)

Florals are my usual subjects - wreaths, bouquets, everything that involves leaves and flowers. I am self-taught. I learned from video tutorials on the internet. With constant practice (and after moments of self-doubt, failures and frustrations), I later on developed my skill and discovered my own style of painting.

I share my artworks on Instagram @sincerelyyen. It was where I discovered a deeper purpose for painting - to be God's instrument in touching lives of other people through art.

It is because of my de... See full profile

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1. PART 1 FEATHERS: Hi, I am Yen and I am back for another. I am going to teach you how to be one of my favorite subjects. Painting feathers is fun, and you can be very creative in designing them so you don't have to be conscious about formal perfect shape because feathers come in unique forms and sizes and shapes. So if you know the basic strokes and the basic watercolour washes, then you can sure pains feathers in this class. I am going to discuss the basic brush strokes you need the Masters, step by step, process for me, a feather, the different water color washes you can use to create the base. And we'll have class projects where I will share tips and techniques on how to pay a feathery thing. This is gonna be super fun and super easy, so let's start painting 2. PART 2: Materials: for in water color washes, you will need a decent water color beep. This is Fabbiano. It's 200. It has to be agrees this thick so that be broken, absorbed B and the waters. Two glasses of clean water. You're gonna need to because one is for cleaning and one is for adding water to your brush . Or when do you think based watercolor paint? I'm using Fabrica style solid watercolor with 24 colors. You can use any brands you have at home as long as you have the primary colors, please a mixing palette. So this is very much needed because there's going to be a lot off color mixing in this class appointed round, Brush says. You can see it's point a detective with the belly that can hold enough pain, preferably views. Size six and a pensive. So we're gonna use this first catching when planning the feather. A wife Ben. This is just option of it will be used for adding details, but you can use white paint instead. A cool Ben just to raise the center off the feather lead in one of our class projects. Now we're ready. Let's start painting 3. PART 3: Brush Stroke Drills: way we're going to have a warm off exercise. So in painting feathers, we're gonna need to master two types off brush. The first is the thin, thick and stroke. You may know dance there is that it's a little different from the thin, thick then stroke that we did in our floor elite class. So because this is slightly the arugula on a little gravy, he's a watch. Close me he started with ending with Then think flick and fans say Flick going back to a thin line so you can practice doing this 20 to 30 times, finding upward the economic and practicing opposition just downward. They are gonna so again, that's same thing flick. And I think they're so just keep on practicing until you Master Thetis, First stroke. Now, our second stroke is thin stroke. Now watch. So we're gonna need very light pressure when making this strokes so that just the tip off the brush is watching the papers watch. So there. So I'm using my pinky as a support, and I'm using my entire hand and moving it across the paper to do like a flick there so you can also practice doing this they are gonna be just like our first stroke. So notice how lightly I do this so it takes practice to master. How toe being very thin strokes. So I'm doing this in different sizes and lengths because that's what we're going to do in painting feathers. So just keep practicing the strokes, both this strokes and then forming a feather will just be very easy for you. 4. PART 4: Forming a feather: way are going to combine the brush drugs that we did in our warm up exercise to form the basic shape off a feather. I'm just Do you think this in water? Because our first layer has to be very watery and big mention So we started a federal nine . This will be our guide, and this will be the center off the feathers from the bottom phase your thins, fin strokes click. So we do the flick to make the shape mourns look more natural is there was Continue doing that and they're your reach the other end of the thin night. Now on the other side there then add your sense strokes at the bottom of the feathers. But you can also add this anywhere if you feel like adding more wispy strokes on the side of the feather like this. So they're now we're just gonna do that again, and I'm gonna use creams and red for this second feathers again. Start with the center off the feather, then pain fanfic thin strokes starting at the bottom and flick until you reach the top. The 10 nights on the other side, they're so if you're not happy with the sheep off your feather. You can always add more strokes or thin lines where every space is just to make the feather look more natural. So there, if you know this that the shape of the feathers virally every time you do it because you're just depending on the thin, sick and flick strokes that were doing. And you don't have to be so conscious about the shape of the feather because that's just how feathers are. So now that you know how to form a feather, we're ready to add the signs. 5. PART 5: Feather designs using a Flat Wash: first things first, prepare your pain. So when making watercolor wash is, you have to prepare a large amount off pain, and the pain should be pigmented and very water. So I'm mixing creams and red, yellow, ochre and white for this example. Okay, so our first wash looks like this. So if you notice all the areas have the same tonal value from top to bottom and from left to right, this is our flat wash. Now let's apply this flat wash in painting the first layer off a feather. So again it's stars with the center, very thin line and then thin, sick and flick up to the top there. And if there's excess water, we're just gonna spread that all throughout the area to achieve uniforms, Don't you? For the entire leave and then we'll add thin lines. There's just spreading excess water. This is what you call the beam Now, while it's still a little wet or moist way we're going to add the second layer are the details are the signs. So I used cream sun for this one. And if you know what this, the mix is now more pigmented than the first layer this is so that it will be darker or has a higher tonal value, so that it will be visible. So there I'm just making thin vertical lines to create this stripes there. So we added this layer while the first layer is still wet because you want soft edges and a nice blending off covers. So now let's try another feathers. This time I'm going to use the color deal so I'm mixing blue. I think this is covered blue plus green. You can use any green in your pilot. It's again repairing a large amount of pain before we create our flat wash. So again you start with the center off the feather, which will be your guide, then thin, sick and sneak. There. You can leave spaces until you reached the bottom, either off feather again on the other side, and then we're just gonna spread the pain evenly throughout the entire feathers. Then add 10 nights at the bottom and to awkward, spacious. So it's really fun to see that we use the same technique of painting feathers for the first and second examples. But then they look different, and every time this is because our feathers depend on the strokes and not really on the Jolie's so even really are surprised with the shape for the outcome of a feather. Now we're ready to add the second layer are the details. So again remember that the second layer should have, ah, higher tonal value. That means it should be more pigmented than the first name. I'm adding guts here so you can be completely unique and creative when designing your feathers. You can use tribes at the bottom, and that's at the top part off the feather. It's up to you, but I'm just showing you different ways. You know how to design your feathers so the thoughts are of different sizes just to make it look more natural and fun. Aside from adding darker colored thoughts, you can also add white nuts. But again, the white should be very big meant so that it will appear on the feather just adding. That's to the spaces in between the dark thoughts. Now the first layer is dry. You're ready to repaint the center off the feathers again, used a darker color cream sun for the center, and then we're gonna use I start calling you before the second, so make sure that the first layer is dry before you add this'll 6. PART 6 Feather designs using the Gradient Wash: now for our second wash Again, prepare enough big finish the same thing where the wash So I'm using in the go and dark blue. For this example, make sure that it's big man fed and watered. So our second wash looks like this. They're so you will see that the tonal value changes from dark to light. From what I'm now, let's try. That card is on the need case of cleaning the brush, and we're just spreading the they're so that it's your Grady and wash. So we start with a very big meant that stroke and then you cleaner brush and spread the pain. Decrease the tonal. So let's apply that Beijing the first layer off a feather. So we start by painting a thin line for the center of the feather, and then you're thin, thick, thin strokes. Just flick and six. We're starting at the bottom for both sides of the feather and then clean your brush or loaded with more water and spread the pain so that you will see a nice transition off the color from dark delight from the bottom to this, and then clean your brush again and this time loaded with just water. Just spread it like this streaking. Always add thin lines or redux earlier, thin, thick, thin strokes as long as the paint is still wet to achieve the shape that you want for your feathers. So we pretty much applied the same techniques and how to form the first layer of a feather . It's just that this time we started on both sides at the bottom, and then you clean their brush and just spread the color instead off spreading the pain with the uniforms. Don't nullify you all throughout the feathers, just like in your flat wash. So there. Now we're going to be our second feather, so we're going to use the same type off wash, but we're going to do it in a different way. So this is a nice dark blue color, slightly mixed with black, and it's figment that it's not too watery, unlike what we use in our first feathers, So we start with center of feather style. It's a little more thick than what we usually do, and it's very wet and very big men did. I think this. So the purpose of this still adding more being it's because we're gonna spread that on the sides so that the Grady, in effect, is from the center. Do the right instead of from bottom to the top. So there you can always add more big men of the center it's still with. Then we complete the other side off the feathers, they're add thin lines are your thin strokes. No, I'm going to paint another example of a feather here as still using the same type off watercolor wash the radiant wash. But this time we're gonna use two colors, one color for the right side of the feather and another one for the left. So I'm trying to create a deer color for this one, mixing blue and green. So start to this end and then being the bottom off the feather. Using your thin, sick and flick technique, make sure it's big men dead and still very wet, so that it's easy to spread now. Clean your brush and the wooded emits just water and spread until you reach the top part off the feather. Then we can apply the same technique on the other side, but this time, using the color burnt umber, clean your brush and spread. So we see we've achieved the nice Grady in fluke for the left and for the right sides off the feather. Now we're ready to add the details. So again for the details, make sure that the second layer has a higher tonal value so that it will be visible on the feather. Make sure to do this when the feather is already dry. Add That's this is because we do not want toe ruin the first layer, the nice Gregan effect in the first layer. So I'm adding thoughts, but just a few thoughts so that the Grady in effect is still visible for the second feather . I think I'm just gonna add the detail for the centre and I'm gonna leave it. Ask this because it's already very brief years is with nice Grady in effect, the farther third, I'm gonna add stripes for the left side of the feather like this so you can be very creative and decide that the sign off your feather 7. PART 7: Feather designs using the Wet-on-wet Wash: the last watercolor wash that we're going to do is my favorite, because it is the most fun and creative. So it starts with one color. And while the paint is still wet, rickon incorporates another color. Courage is achieving that soft edge and nice blending between the colors we can add and other colors years. So we just applied with pain on stage, so we're gonna try to do that again. So to show you its parts with one other this and while it's still wet, clean your brush loaded with another color and just be and then lynched and murdered college. There's another way of doing this is by pre wetting the paper. I think this we're just going to make that area with before we add beans. Now drop just trying to me drop different colors on the West area like this and just let it spread and blend with other colors. So I'm dropping violet and crimson on the Web area, so this is the type of washer. You will be surprised at the outcome off your painting every time you do it, so just clean your brush and spread the paint on areas with no color yet this is your wet on wet wash, so it's the application of foot pain on whether paper or on the pain. Now we're going to apply this wash on painting the base are the first layer off our feathers, so we start with a very thin lying for the center of the feather and thin. Think thin strokes at the bottom, so I'm using cream sun and yellow orange for this weather. Now we load our brush with second color and just blended with the first color that we used again with green side and just blend and left. So we just randomly blending with the colors. Did you eat the freeze need or the base of our feathers? So it's very important to do this while the paint is still wet because if it's already dry and we add the second color, we're going to create hard edges, which is not really what we intended to do. So for a nice blending and for soft edges, make sure that you're using very bain on the paper. Also, it's easier to repair the shape of the feather while it's still wet there. Okay, now we're gonna apply this wet on wet wash on our second feather. This guy, we're gonna use two colors, one on the left and one on the right. So that's light blue and dark blue, slightly mixed with black started this center and then just finished the left part first off the feather. And while it's still wet, mood is dark blue and just finished the right side of the feather so that there is nice blending off light and dark blue at the center off the feather. But not so much there again. You can add thin lines and thin. Think thin lines for strokes to achieve the shape of the feather that you want. Now for the Third Feather, we're going to try using three different colors so yellow our range dear and agree. So I start with yellow orange at the bottom of the feather, and while it's still whip, we can add you trying to blend the two colors or to just give it a nice transition from yellow orange stickier. And then, well, the deal is still wet. We're gonna add agree until we reach the top off the feather. They're So the good thing about this is if you used very wet paint. You can easily prepare or fix the shape off your feather to achieve whatever feather or form you have in mind. There, add more strokes on the yellow orange part. You were good now for the last feather we're going toe Prewett the paper first like this, make sure to use the brush strokes. The thin think thin are flick strokes. So I only added a little, I think so, that you can see and then randomly drop colors on the Web area. So I'm dropping crimson red, and later on I'm gonna drop violet on this feather so you will see that you do not have full control off where the pain is going. It's just moving around the Web area. Then we're gonna drop fire lit so it's still moving freely and it's spreading, and it's blending with other a condom if they're areas with no color yet, you can clean your brush and just blend the two colors. So what's beautiful about this technique is that it looks different every time because it's not just you working. It's also the water thin lines to make it look more natural. They're now we're ready to add the details. I can remember when adding details. Make sure it's more pigmented than the first layer so that it will be very visible on the feathers. So this is already very colorful. So I decided to just add quite thin lines at the bottom, just to add a little detail on it for the center. The blue for the center of the feather. Just add. Make sure that it's very dark so that it can be physical and an odd different sizes off. That's it Doesn't have toe have so many thoughts because there's already that nice are the sign of the feathered on the first layer. Before the third layer, I'm gonna add a white beat. They'll make sure that it's very big mended so that it can be seen. And I'm gonna add white dots so you can use your wife. Then, to do this again, make sure that the first layer is already dry before you add the details so that you will not ruin the wash that you created. Now the fourth feather actually looks like it has a galaxy being. So I get amusing wife for the details and because it's very colorful, really, I'm just gonna add why thin lines at the bottom similar to the first, So there 8. PART 8: Class Project 1 - Simple Feather Wreath: Now we are ready to put everything that we've learned in the previous parts of this class and create our very own feather. So we start by drawing a circle at the centre off the paper and sketching the position off the feathers. So I'm just dropping the center off the feather. Not actually the cool feather. This will be my guys when I pain later on, then choose two colors 2 to 3 colors. This will be the theme off your So for this class, I chose pink and arrange so kind of repairs following colors cream side, a mix of creams and red, yellow ochre. And why this kind of producers A PCI and old rose type off Think our range and a slightly darker Ardian shine gonna use lead our range now that the colors are ready, let's paint our feathers there . No, At this part, be ready to look at your ease and find awkward basis. So there's space here, here, over here, here and here. You know, what we do is we add fillers to those talk words basis just so that the reason will look fully and balance. So for this feather, if I'm gonna use small leaves as fillers. I have a more detailed tutorial on how to paint leaves in my monochromatic levy wreaths class, also here in skill share. But this is just the basic leave, so it's made of too thin six and strokes that they're facing it. Remember to use that Carly's that we have chosen for the team. I'm just going to add a different type of filler here, so this is also a leaf, but it's made of a loop stroke. - Then the add detail story leaves using a wife, Ben. But you can use white pain for this one. Just make sure that it's very pigmented now . Just give it the more artistic you know. It's adds splatter effect, so just flatter being. And that's this and we are with our feathered. Don't forget your signature as a final step. Please upload your class projects here in the Project gallery so that I can see them through 9. PART 9: Class Project - Feather Wreath: first things first draw a circle for year feathery and then plan where toe paint your feathers. So right now I'm lightly sketching the center off the feather. So I'm not really sketching the feather, just the center so that I will have a guide where toe paint my thin. Think thin strokes later on. Okay, then remove access droving so that you will not be confused. What I'm doing right now, make sure that the series is balanced there. Then choose two colors. I often choose toe or three colors. So for this class project, kindly prepared the cobalt blue, slightly mixed with black life. Blue, blue, green brings amber and burned sienna. So the blue green I have achieved by combining cover blue and green. I think that was yellow, green or sap green and bring Sienna slightly mixed with burns amber so that the team off this feather, he is like a brown and deer or brown and blue color. It always remember that you should have prepared enough pain to finish your release because we have to incorporate colors really quickly so that we will not create hard edges. So that started painting. - So just to make sure that May feathers would look different from each other. I remind myself of the different kinds of Washington I can use to paint the base or the first layer of the feather. So for the first feather, I used the flat wash. So for the second feather feather next to it, I'm gonna use a different type of wash. So this is the radiant wash. Now we've already used deal and blue. So for the next feather, we're going to use brown. So it's just about trying to be violence, just trying to spread the colors available. You're only using 2 to 3 colors, and it's very challenging to make the feathers look different. So make sure that you remember all the different types of washes that we've learned. So this is a weapon with washing. I've mixed brown and black, - so I've already added the details on this feather while boys, because I want to achieve soft edges and just left the pain spread freed me for this feather. We're going to use a mix off dark blue and brown. You can be very creative. Playing with colors are the teams that you have used for your feathered, mixing and matching colors using different types of washes. - This is similar to the first needs to be of danger. The while ago, under flood wash, I did. This drives about the baby still, but now you're adding details because this feather is already drying. The thing about adding details when the pain or the first layer is already drive is you can have full control off where the pain is going. So that's the thing about what dry technique now checking with colors. Should I use next? I've used Brown for the last two needs. I'm gonna just feel for this one there. We have already completed their studies. Now we're ready. Toe more details because this feather is very dark. I could use white. You don't still be very visible on the feathers. Don't forget that the second year should have a higher tonal value than the friend's name. Otherwise, it will not be very visible on the feather. Now we're done with the feathers. We can face the circle with the gold. If you don't have a gold, then you can use any other pens or even Gould paid to trace the circle for the center off 30. Just make sure that you don't touch anywhere pain so that it will not be Rubens. Now, if you'll know what this we have AUC words basis in this reef. So what we do is we're gonna add fillers. So the fillers are just small leaves made up off 10 fixin strokes. I have a more detailed tutorial in this one in my monochromatic levy wreath class here on skill share as well. So what we're doing is we're just adding leaves or fillers to wherever they're AUC words basis. Like here. - There were done that they don't forget their signature. 10. PART 10 FEATHERS: way for class projects. I hope that you upload them here on the project. And if you're going to post them on Instagram Chinese be I am sincere are used the hash that eight live yet I'd be very happy to see and share your rigs on my instagram starts. Thank you so much for joining this glass. I hope you have fun again to summarize. We have five G bakeries are important tips First master thin thin strokes or your gyms Big flick and you're thin lines. Second, use your flat Grady in and weapon with washes to create unique basis for your brothers and then add details. Are the science later staring? Second, there are the details she always have. Ah, higher dona value than first Fourth when you seize basis at fillers and just enjoying the process of and I really hope you learned a lot of genes class. So all this geeks and tips you can apply whenever you are painting feathers, weather for further eats or as an additional element, beer. Florida leads our dream. Catchers are feather patterns are just simple. The signs And here are three eggs. All this very I will be preparing more classes for you. So don't forget to follow me. Here are skill shared to be notified for my upcoming classes. Thank you so much and keep