I found this beautiful feather a few years ago:
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:
The second one I used 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. I added Derwent Inktense pencils after the watercolor:
And for the third one, I used 140 lb. hot pressed watercolor paper. I added water-soluble wax pastels after the watercolor:
Posted in Art, Feathers, Watercolor
Tagged Art, birds, color pencils, creative, experiment, feathers, imaginary, inktense pencils, play, watercolor, wax pastels, Woodpeckers
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.
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:
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.
And photographed it on one of my recent gelli-prints.
Here is another photo from a different angle and background:
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!
Posted in Drawing, Horses
Tagged birds, black micron pen, color pencils, creative, drawing, fantasy, feathers, Gelli-Prints, horses, humor, imaginary, markers, pan pastels, unicorns, words
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:
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.”
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?
Last year I saw a Zentangled Feather on Pinterest so I decided to create my own:
I then colored it with Copic Markers.
Last night, I started creating a new 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?
I started this sculpture from this cute bunny:
I then wrapped it in wire and added some natural do-dads to it:
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.
I added a couple of beaded felt beads I made several years ago (remember the wool roving) and bird feathers for wings.
I received cat approval! YAY!
Sometimes I just need to create something really weird! HAPPY Friday! 🙂
Posted in Weird Birds
Tagged beads, birds, cats, feathers, felt beads, humor, imaginary, mixed media, nature, pigs, sculpture, shells, wool roving, yarns