I love all things watercolor (especially these painted feathers) and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate watercolor painted items into my home decor. Last month I was a part of the So You Think You’re Crafty competition and our challenge one week was “paint.” I knew immediately that I wanted to try my hand at painted feathers. The soft delicate lines of the feathers coupled with the soft edges of water color paints was a match made in heaven!
How to Watercolor Paint Feathers
I started by completely soaking the feather in water. Because watercolor painting is traditionally done on a wet paper I knew that a wet feather was going to give me a more realistic effect. I dipped my brush into the paints and gently touched the tips to the feather where ever I wanted paint. Once they were all painted I took a clean wet brush over them and brushed the edges of each stripe blurring the lines.
Once they were dry I started getting creative with them. I used a few different color schemes to slip into napkin rings to make a color place setting for a big family dinner. The pop of color from the painted feathers was a nice touch on the white plates and the kids loved claiming their places based on which feathers were on their plate. It’s the little things people, seriously!
I also wanted to add some flair to our centerpiece so I slipped a few painted feathers into a vase of white flowers. The subtle colors were a sweet accent to the soft florals.