Suddenly, I’m obsessed with feathers. I don’t know why or when this happened, but it’s official. Feathers are taking over our house and I’m totally ok with it! Maybe it’s because my boys are completely obsessed with birds, and we took them to the Raptor Center and their obsession grew to a whole new level, and perhaps it subconsciously rubbed off on me in some way. It started with this feather crib mobile and now has worked its way into the art in our home. My latest project was this DIY Feather Watercolor Art.
I don’t consider myself an artist. At all. In fact, I never enjoyed art class in school because I just wasn’t good at it. I can hardly draw a stick figure. But when we took a trip to IKEA recently, we picked up a set of watercolor paints for the boys and I decided to play around with it since we already had watercolor paper lying around too. I’ve never painted a picture — I probably played around with watercolors or finger paints as a child but I don’t think I’ve ever actually painted a picture in my adult life. I think the feather turned out ok for my first try, so I decided to frame it, and now I want to paint about a million feathers because it’s the only thing I’m brave enough to try. So expect to see lots of watercolor paintings and feather art around our house soon!
The thing I love about watercolor painting is that really anything looks good in watercolor. It’s very forgiving, and it’s easy, especially if you’re creating abstract art. Stick it in a matted frame and you have instant high-end looking art that costs next to nothing. (I found my gold matted frame on Amazon, by the way.) I love the look of watercolors and I really just want to collect a ton of paintings and plaster them all over our walls. Speaking of watercolors, have you tried the Waterlogue app? It’s a lot of fun to play around with. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it converts your photos into watercolor “paintings.” It’s pretty amazing.)
I decided to display the feather art on my desk for now. I brought in some roses from our garden and stuck them in a tiny Ball jar.
The brass vase was a recent thrift store find ($6 for solid, heavy brass).
What can I say, I have a thing for tarnished brass too. It has just the right amount of patina to not look too “80s.”
Do you love feathers, or watercolor painting, or tarnished brass as much as I do?
Update: I turned this painting into a Waterlogue and I’m offering it as a free printable here.
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