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Watercolour Techniques: How to Paint Feathers

via Skillshare


In this class, I will guide you through my process of creating five different types of feathers using watercolour paints. 

I will start by giving you an overview of the supplies that I use and then we will practice a variety of basic techniques that will be useful in the class. These include wet on wet, wet on dry, creating gradients, layering, dry brush and using different brush strokes. I will also cover how much water you should use and how to fix mistakes. I will then take you through my process, step by step in real time, for painting five feathers, including the beautiful peacock feather.

I hope this class will allow you to feel more confident using watercolours and that you will be able to create a page of beautiful feathers, that you are really proud of, by the end of it!


  • Intro
  • Supplies
  • Tips & Techniques Part 1
  • Tips & Techniques Part 2
  • Feather 1 - Sketching the Outline
  • Feather 1 - Painting
  • Feather 2 - Sketching the Outline
  • Feather 2 - Painting the First Layers
  • Feather 2 - Stripes & Final Details
  • Feather 3 - Sketching the Outline
  • Feather 3 - Painting the First Layers
  • Feather 3 - More Layers
  • Feather 3 - Final Details
  • Feather 4 - Sketching the Outline
  • Feather 4 - Painting the First Layers
  • Feather 4 - Painting the Second Layers
  • Feather 4 - More Layers
  • Feather 4 - Speckles & Final Details
  • Feather 5 - Sketching the Outline
  • Feather 5 - Painting the Eye
  • Feather 5 - Painting the Hairs
  • Feather 5 - Final Details
  • Project & Final Thoughts

Taught by

Sharone Stevens

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