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« on: June 02, 2008 03:25:38 PM »

I'm not much of a sewer, my main schtick is art. However I haven't ventured into this board much because, well.. I have a Deviantart, and I didn't figure that there was much point.
So today I'm coming in here for the first time and posting my feather paintings.


That was the first one I did. I hated the idea that most feather paintings out there are rather twee and folky pictures of animals. Why not at least use the colour of the feather to your advantage?

I ran out of white paint so I chose to paint something with only black.

That one's a lot brighter in real life. Green scans badly. It's a Kaffir/Makrut lime.


This has to be my favourite, it's a branch of a loquat tree

I hate the flowers on this one!


A break from my usual style, just a bit of fun. This is inspired by a kid's book.

Well. I'll answer some questions pre-emptively

Feathers are ick! What do you do to clean them?
Well, if a feather is really dirty, I wash it in hot soapy water. However, this sometimes really wrecks the shape and gets rid of the natural oils. So what I try and do instead is select cleaner feathers and then freeze them.
If you don't freeze them there's a possibility that they might harbour these little mites. They won't hurt you, but they WILL chew holes in your feathers. So you have to be careful when storing these too.

And HOW do you paint these?
Carefully. They have a tendency to separate, so you have to be careful. I use a small brush and acrylic paint. Most of these feathers are about 12 cm/4 inches long. There's a tutorial here: http://novawuff.deviantart.com/art/Feather-Painting-Tutorial-52542510
Not by me. I don't use fixative/gloss spray cause I don't have any!

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008 03:29:39 PM »

Wow!!!! I don't know what else to say, so I'll say it again-- WOW!

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 03:51:30 PM »

This is one of the coolest kinds of art I've ever seen.  Plus, your paintings are beautiful! 
How do you display these?
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 03:59:47 PM »

wow these are are beautiful! i think my favorite is the first but its still a tough choice!

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008 04:05:13 PM »

Love them!!! Would be perfect for an SCA event

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008 05:22:46 PM »

WTF?!  You paint on the feather?  WOW!!  That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen!  They're all beautiful.


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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008 08:30:14 PM »

ive heard about that but this is the first time ive seen it and im impressed

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2008 10:01:49 PM »

Those paintings are gorgeous; my favorites are the first and fourth.

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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008 10:20:40 PM »

these are gorgeous! i love the first two. i would totally buy one.

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2008 06:17:06 PM »

Love them!!! Would be perfect for an SCA event

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, however, what's an SCA event?

As for selling them..well, although they're a perfect small size which would be great for postage, and they're very easy and quick to do, I'm not sure what the quarantine guidelines are. I think in America it's only legal to possess feathers from some exotic parrots and domestic poultry. And I'm sure feathers harbour all sorts of diseases, so I'm not sure what exactly quarantine says about sending things OUT of Australia. Sending things into Australia has fairly strict quarantine, I know (few animal products apart from treated ones, like wool, no seed pods, shells, plant material, soil, my friend smuggled a jay's feather past quarantine, but it's not legal.) So I could potentially sell these domestically, but there are probably various messy laws about exporting.

Display - well, Novawuff and Nambroth, two feather painters on Deviantart, say a shadow box is quite nice. I don't know, because I just keep them stuffed in the mouth of a wine bottle with a whole lot of peahen feathers.
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