How to Paint Feathers in Watercolors

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Watercolour painting is a favourite pass time or hobby for many people. However, it is not as simple as looks. Different sizes of brushes, palettes and colours can be used in watercolour painting. You can also use different ways to hold a watercolour brush, basic exercises to improve your technique, and many different painting supplies. What follows is a demonstration of how to paint a fluffy young duckling's feathers. This will give you a basic understanding of how to paint.

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Things you need

  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Paper or canvas

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  1. 1

    Draw the picture of the duckling on watercolour paper with a pencil. Remove just enough graphite to soften the lines of the duckling with an eraser. Then after dipping your brush in paint, carefully paint the beak.

  2. 2

    Paint the head and body of your duckling; then you are ready to add the details such as filling in the beak and the downy feathers.

  3. 3

    Produce fluffy down feathers on the head and body by loading your brush and painting, then softening your strokes with water. To create the wispy feathers, take a brush with a point, load with paint, then blot it along the duckling. Using just the tip of your brush, paint the separate feathers on the head, chest, and black using wispy gentle strokes

  4. 4

    Wait for the picture to dry and then take a different brush that is clean and moisten it to soften the feathers you just painted. Let your duckling dry all of the way. It is also a good idea when you are painting the wispy feathers to try to use narrow strokes. Try not to make the strokes straight lines. If they are still wider than you want them to be, try blotting them or use a lighter stroke with your brush.

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