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Feather Painting Tutorial by dittin03 Feather Painting Tutorial by dittin03
There is so much more to say than this, but if I put too much to read, people might fall asleep.

See the finished piece here: [link]

Please comment with additional questions and I'll answer them as soon as I can. If anyone uses this tutorial please let me know and I'd like to see your paintings!
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Could you tell us how to fix the feather? I guess it's the most important question :)
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This depends upon the situation. I will usually connect two feathers by drying paint between them. For single feathers, I use my left hand to hold it steady and my right hand to do the painting. As the paint dries, the whole thing becomes more sturdy.
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KiyiyaTheWolf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! I wish I could do somehting amazing like this!!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SpyroOandOcynder Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Painting on feather, thats pretty cool
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Cyssa-2209 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so amazing *-*
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:iconnicely-dun:
Nicely-Dun Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. :love:
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YakuzaKuroi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is.. Wow.. It's really amazing *-*
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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believe-you-can Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
This is so fantastic! I can't wait to try it out! Excellent work, by the way.
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! I'd love to see your painting if you end up making one!
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believe-you-can Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
I made one, but mine's not very good since I'm REALLY new at this! XD
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Verstovia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
You know, I think that some kind of gloss could help the feathers join together and reinforce them to make it an easier surface to paint on. I use polyurethane; a couple coats.
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, that is a good idea! I'll have to check it out!
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knightriding Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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Wolf-Dreams Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am SO doing that this weekend :D I've always wanted to do something like this, but I never actually went to get supplies and stuff. Thanks so much! I can now paint feathers XD
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! How did it go? Did you get the chance to try feather painting?
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Wolf-Dreams Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I only have the background XD I got all busy going to stores to buy supplies for band camp (which started today ^^) But yeah, it's going well! I can't wait to finish it!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well it sounds like you got a good start on it anyways! :D Please let me know when it's done! I'd love to see how it turned out!
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Wolf-Dreams Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, I wish I could show you, but my mom jammed the camera back in December XD I can't upload any traditional work to the site.
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, well hopefully someday! :)
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lavonne Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very helpful! I was wondering if you would be doing a tutorial about how to frame the feathers and make them look presentable, i dont have much experience beyond basic prints or flat canvas... not delt much with shadow boxes
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I'll ever do a framing tutorial but if you have any specific questions, just ask and I'll do my best to answer them!
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Nereaya Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist
Are those acrylics or some special paint?
Your feather painting are absolutely gorgeous :heart:
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They're acrylics. :) Thank you very much!
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Nereaya Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks to you :)
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Dente-di-Leone Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
what do you advise - to glue the feathers by their tip line on to some background (if I want to make a picture with frame and all) and THEN to paint them, OR to paint them like you did in you tutorial and then transfer them and glue them on to some background etc. etc. :D
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I always paint mine before adhering them to the matboard, but it would be helpful to get them stuck down to something before painting. They would certainly be less prone to flying off the table or moving around!
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Dente-di-Leone Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thanks a lot! :D
oh, and one more thing - do you advise in spraying something to perhaps fix the feathers, like hair spray (from a fair distance...)
or you do it completely without any sprays?
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I use the spray when I think about it, but I usually forget and it's really not a big deal. The only thing I like about the spray is that it makes the feather look kinda shiny and the colors are a bit more saturated. But be careful about getting it on the fluffy parts of the feather (you know, the part near the quill) cause it makes it look all ratty and it sticks to itself.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'll find this very helpful! I started painting feathers not too long ago, and I'm looking for ways to improve my technique. Thanks for posting it!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! I hope that it helps you out and that you're able to make some awesome feather paintings!
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destinysight Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tut! :D
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!
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destinysight Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome! :D
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XhorsexgleekX Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
I really want to try feather painting, but I have no idea where I might get a real feather...my friend has peacocks so I guess I could get some from there...
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely that'd be a great place to start! I've painted on peacock feathers before and they work quite well! :D
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XhorsexgleekX Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
They're probably my favorite feather :meow:
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think my favorite are the macaw feathers. :)
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XhorsexgleekX Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Very colorful :meow:
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LoonSong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks so muc hfor the tutorial!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! I hope you find it useful!
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LoonSong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
yes i will!
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LouaWolf Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I have always wanted to do some feather painting. This tutorial is sure going to help me!
Thanks a lot for uploading this!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! If you do a feather painting, I'd love to see it! :D
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Angwilwileth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe I'll finally work up the courage to try this. thanks for sharing!
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope that you do! Please share your accomplishments! I also run a feather artists group that you could submit it to! :D
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Ormspryde Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, interesting tutorial, I may try a feather painting or two if I can get my hands on some feathers.
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! Let me know when you finish one!
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