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A Northern Flicker

I found this beautiful feather a few years ago:

Northern Flicker Woodpecker feather

And today I looked it up in my book on bird feathers and discovered it was from a Northern Flicker Woodpecker.  I thought it was from a woodpecker but I had no idea that this bird was so beautiful!  I hope you will look it up on the link I provided for you – just click on the underlined word.

Today I decided to make some imaginary feathers with watercolors.  I used a can of compressed air to blow the liquid paint across my paper.  So fun!

Here are my results – the first one is on 300 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.  I used watercolors and Prismacolor pencils:

brown feather

The second one I used 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.  I added Derwent Inktense pencils after the watercolor:

Red feather

And for the third one, I used 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper.  I added water-soluble wax pastels after the watercolor:

Green Feather

Happy Creating!


A friend of mine suggested this word for a blog post.

Since I have been learning to draw horses, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use this word.

Horse study

I have been sketching horses for over a week to get to this drawing.  I’m taking a drawing and painting class from Val Webb.

I added a horn to make it a unicorn:

Unicorn Study

This would be a great place to interject the word, “horsefeathers!”  It means:   rubbish; nonsense; bunk (used to express contemptuous rejection).  It comes from 1925-30, Americanism; horse + feathers, as euphemism for horseshit

I know you are wondering about the feathers part…

So I colored one of my Zentangle feathers from the other day.

colored feather on yellow gelli-print

And photographed it on one of my recent gelli-prints.

Here is another photo from a different angle and background:

colored feather on blue gelli-print

It is interesting how the colors of the feather changes depending on the background.

Sometimes we need a little nonsense in our life!  HAPPY Friday!

The Crooked Quill

Did you know that the best quill pens were usually made from goose, swan and later turkey feathers?

So I decided to create my own:

Quill feather 1

This is the Crooked Quill and a bottle of Magical Ink…

I think there is the beginning of a story here!

According to Wikipedia, “Quill pens were the instrument of choice during the medieval era due to their compatibility with parchment and vellum.”

Quill Feather 2

Here is another quill feather I created with a gold gel pen and Prismacolor pencils.

Quill pens are still used today mainly by professional scribes and calligraphers.

I have a turkey feather that a friend gave me and I am going to try making a quill out of it.  Maybe I will write a story with it!

Which feather do you like the best?

Fluffy Feathers

Last year I saw a Zentangled Feather on Pinterest so I decided to create my own:

No. 58 - Zentangled Bird Feather

I then colored it with Copic Markers.

Last night, I started creating a new feather:

Scanned Feather

I scanned this feather into the computer.  Now I can color it as many ways as I desire!

I started reading about feathers online at Wikipedia and discovered they are a complex subject!  I had no idea!

Did you know there are 2 basic types of a feather?  Vaned feathers which cover the exterior of a bird’s body and Down feathers which are underneath the vaned feathers.  There is also a third rare type called a Filoplume.  It is hairlike and  grows along the fluffy down feathers in some birds.

What do you do when you see a bird feather on the ground?

If Pigs Could Fly

Flying Pig - Frontal view

I started this sculpture from this cute bunny:

My stuffed bunny

I then wrapped it in wire and added some natural do-dads to it:

A Wired Bunny

Kind of scary looking, huh?  Next I wrapped it with wool roving – you know the kind you felt with – and some knobby yarns.  I also sewed on shell beads for the eyes.

Flying Pig - side view

I added a couple of beaded felt beads I made several years ago (remember the wool roving) and bird feathers for wings.

Cat approval

I received cat approval!  YAY!

Sometimes I just need to create something really weird!  HAPPY Friday!  🙂