Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl

Learn to paint the textures of fluff and feathers, work with reference photos and fix painting mistakes for beautiful stunning bird portraits every time!

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In this class you will build the skills necessary to paint expressive portraits of your feathered friends! You will learn techniques to effortlessly build feather texture from fluffy and fuzzy to sleek and smooth.

I will show you simple methods for drawing birds as well as a fancy peacock feather, then we will paint them using a limited palette of colors.

We will complete four finished paintings in this course, from a sassy bird shaking off after a bath to an elegant swan and a regal looking colorful duck. We will also paint the trendy and decorative peacock feather (better paint a few of those because your friends will ask for them!) Don't worry if you don't like to draw as there will be patterns you can print and trace on your watercolor paper if you prefer. I will show you how to use, and where to find, reference photos for your artwork and give you tips on how to use the photos as a jumping off point and alter them to meet your artistic style. Finally I will share how to fix problems with finished paintings or enhance them with optional mixed media techniques using colored pencils and pens. Plus I just added bonus content in the class; an archive of other bird painting tutorials I have created for your enjoyment! Are you ready to embark on a flight of fancy? Well then, let's get started!

*Please note, this is an intermediate level watercolor painting class. If you are new to watercolor I suggest take Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor first.

Your Instructor

Lindsay Weirich
Lindsay Weirich
Lindsay Weirich has been teaching art for over two decades. She has reached thousands of students of all ages through her classes and workshops. Lindsay operates the popular blog and YouTube channel The Frugal Crafter with nearly half a million subscribers where she publishes new painting, cardmaking a craft tutorials each week. Her designs have been published in legions of art and craft publications including The Decorative Painter. She has also illustrated two children's books, Rainbow Pants, and Sea Glass and the Lighthouse by Kelly Brooks Bay. Weirich lives in Maine with her husband and three children where she creates something new every day.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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