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Watercolor Feathers

teacher avatar Victoria Diaz, Teaching Art

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Welcome to the class

    • 2. What you'll need

    • 3. Drawing feathers

    • 4. Color Mixing and testing

    • 5. Ready for the first feather!

    • 6. More fun with the second one!

    • 7. Two feathers in one composition

    • 8. Final Details

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About This Class

Hi everyone!

In this class I'll be teaching you how to paint those beautiful soft but colorful feather to hang on your home walls or even give as a gift.

This was a clients commission just for that, she wanted a set of watercolors to hang in her bedroom, and I thought this could be a nice project for you to paint.

Watch the class as many times as you feel you need to.

I'm including a list of materials and links if you need to buy anything.

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Victoria Diaz

Teaching Art


Hi there, I'm Victoria, watercolor and pencil  artist and I want to teach you all I know art related. Techniques, Composition, Color and more technical stuff like how some papers are made, or were do pigments come from! I have a more realistic approach but I also go nuts from time to time and experiment with other styles.

I live in a region surrounded by nature, it's a bit chilly, but every time we have warmer weather I go outside to capture the beauty of what inspires me the most. And my classes will represent that. We'll illustrate plants, flowers, fruits, animals, we'll use watercolors and colored pencils for the most part.

I have a few classes already and I will be uploading more on a regular basis. 

If you are interested in drawing and painting a... See full profile

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1. Welcome to the class: Hi. My name is Victor. Adi s on my watercolor and person artist. I'm Chilean. I live in 70 lay where I have another studio here I teach were color drawing and other techniques. And in this class, I want to teach you how to pain feathers and whether colors We will be using the techniques of winning wet layering. And I will be attaching to the class line drawings for the feathers and a list of materials . So if you're ready to start this project, let's meet in the next unit. 2. What you'll need: you will need what, a color paper, Any kind. You have maskin tape masking fluid, and this will be optional. This is to make some special effects on the feathers white oil pastel or a white Crayola. Also optional rushes. I will be using synthetic and natural hair run brushes, graphic pain, still an eraser. Watercolors, of course, clean water and a surface to put your paper on. 3. Drawing feathers: we can start this paintings in two ways you can do. An initial drawing isn't outline drawings I share with you already been. Just shape the feathers as to go. If you decided to do the initial drawing, then pick your paper and pencil and let's drop. 4. Color Mixing and testing: 5. Ready for the first feather! : First of all, I'm going to put masking tape all around my paper. I don't want to move or tobacco with the water, all four sides. And now I'm going to take my brush and some water and apply it on the drawing. I would have, um, shine over the feather and let that sink in in the paper and then I can start painting. Can you see the shine I happened, my feather Yes, I put water on my paper I see that some areas are getting dryer So I put weather again until I see uneven shine on the feather Now that I see uneven shine reactivating my paintings And I'm picking some of that Payne's gray to start from the tip of the feather And I will be going downwards until I'm satisfied with the amount off darkness in the design Can you see how the color is spreading in the wet areas Now I'm a playing Another color Is this yellow Oakar? Now you can see the feather has tried and the colors are softer. I'm gonna keep layering some yellow joker. You can put whatever color you want in any are there and any amount but I recommend you to give it some thought before to start painting just to have some kind of design for its feather. I want to add some dark tones in other areas of the feather, the same corner I used in the tip of the feather that that Spain's grave and my paper still wet so that banks gray will move wherever it wants to move. I will let it. And if I don't like it, I just have to pick my brush and soften that areas or big that cholera. I wasn't convinced by the texture made by that Payne's gray, so I picked my brush and move that around a bit. So we get a little softer and now I'm darkening. That same spot on my paper still went. I want the center of the feather toe be almost white, so I'm picking up some of that color and I'm cleaning with my brush. I use a dump cream brush and I pick up the excess water on the excess color, and I put it in my paper towel, and I repeat this step as many times as I think I need to do it. 20 lambs satisfied. I have to be careful with with a line of making When I'm picking up some color, I don't want a straight line or it wont look to organic as my papers still wet, um, using the same color. And I did it in other sides off the feather and I'm cleaning some areas where the feather is supposed to be more open. I'm putting my brush in a vertical position and with the tip of the brush I do little strokes and let the water take that color and give it a soft shape in the bottom. The feather doesn't have such strong design or strong structure. I don't know if you understand what I'm saying. It doesn't have such harsh lines. So I'm putting color here and there and let the water take that color and give ah make a softer transition. Now I'm adding some hints off blue. This is pressure in blue. I'm doing all of these while my feather is still wet. Once this is tri colors, one looked strong. They will be softer and lines one locus harsh. They will be softer as well. The tip off my finest brush. I'm doing some loose hers. Very small, very soft. - And now I am painting the bottom of the feather. Well, where the quill is, I'm using a double zero brush round brush and that's it for the first feather. 6. More fun with the second one!: Now we're painting further number two. I'll repeat the same steps as I did with the feather number one. I will be applying some water on top of the paper in the feather inside the feather and make sure I have a shine that's even in all the feather. And now that I'm ready with the water, I'm reactivating the colors I wouldn't use from preparing the mix, and I will start applying color. Starting with the purples. This feather will be a little more colorful. The previous feather. I used some paints, gray and yellow poker and a bit of different blues. In this one. I wouldn't add some purples. - Now I am adding a little off yellow joker to the mix, and I'm letting it spread and mix with the purple and take over and see what happens in the tip of the feather. I will also be applying yellow joker in a bigger amount, and I'm tilting my board to let that yellow okra and let that water that watercolor spread their words and create a texture. I'm noticing that this feather is too light, so I'm adding some darker colors. I'm mixing some blues and Payne's gray and thus I did with the previous feather, um, cleaning with the damp but clean brush on picking up some excess water and excess color in the center of the feather to live in white and to brighten up a little bit this feather I wanna add some turquoise and at the top of the feather where it's more yellow. I wanna add some strokes off burnt umber to make a contrasting looking values. But of course, once all of this has tried, colors will soften and we'll have to reassess if we wanna put another extra layer to be bring more color and more stronger looking colors or we wanna leave it asses. - I'm gonna let it dry now and we'll see what comes out of this. Yes, I told you before colors have soften. I wanna add extra layers on top of them. But first I would erase all the extra griffin lines, - and now I'm going to repeat the process. I will be using the same color society before, but this time my feather will be a little dryer so colors will stay stronger. I think the bottom area of the feather has a stronger design and colors than the upper half . So I'm adding this little tiny dots with burn number to make the top half more interesting . And I'm also adding on extra layer of burnt umber in both sides in this area since the feather is dry, I'm adding with my tiny brush with the tip of my attorney brush, some lines and some little details that once the feather house tried, they will stay the same and that's it for this feather. Now let's move on to the tiny fellers. 7. Two feathers in one composition: In this third painting, I draw two feathers in one piece of paper. They both together were centred. They were off course, a bit smaller than the previous feathers. And in this feathers, I wouldn't apply some special effects. Um, I will be using white oil pastel. You can use white Crayola or a white color pencil. Or you can skip this step and painted like we painted the other fellers. I'm loosely giving little strokes in the same direction. Us. The feather goes Now the first feather will have some tiny little dots off masking fluid that once it has tried the masking fluid, it will protect the white of the paper. It's kind of ah, like a rubber in a liquid form. You can paint over it with your weather colors, and once your watercolors have tried, you can pick it up with your fingers or with an eraser. And then you have your white paper completely white. No, I'm applying yellow joker wash on the feather on the first feather and to make a strong contrast with the yellow occur. I will be using pains. Great on the top of the feather. - Little white dots will start to appear in the darker area of the feather, and that's the masking fluid. - I think I'm done for now. With this feather, I will let a try and now move on to the next weather. We'll apply a blue wash. This is pressure in blue mixed with cobalt turquoise, and I will full of the shape would follow the shape of a feather, and I will give little strokes following the shape of the feather when asked to paint. You will paint over the oil pastel and you'll notice that were color ones. Take over the oil pastel. It will leave on uneven, more organic white shape. I'm applying other colors as well, - um , adding a little dark pace grade to make it much the further that's next to it. - Now , while these two feathers dry, we'll move on to the other set of fellers. Being in this next painting, I have one feather that failed with little tiny dots off masking fluid 8. Final Details: I hope you've enjoyed this glass. And if there's anything you wanna ask, please don't hesitate to do so. - You can also find me on social media and I'll see you in another class by