How to paint a chickadee in acrylics one easy stroke at a time. Simple enough for a beginner! Video included. This tutorial takes you through each step.
This easy how to paint a chickadee in acrylics tutorial is easy and fun. Paint chickadees on gifts, greeting cards or on a canvas painting.
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Okay lets get started!
Surface to paint on. (you can paint on canvas, wood board or make greeting cards). In this demo I used a piece of pine wood, stained. I don’t always seal the wood but if I do it is with the rustoleum spar urethane (waterbase) in matte.
Bottle Craft Acrylics
Raw Sienna (though in the video I say Burnt Sienna, I was wrong)
On the second smaller painting in the step by step I used Antique Gold instead of Raw
1. Transfer your pattern to your surface. I used a white transfer paper since this is a dark surface but if you are going to paint on a light surface you would use a dark transfer paper.
2. Double load #6 flat brush with white and black. (need instructions on the basics like loading the brush, Click here) 3. Paint in the tail feathers using choppy strokes, use the chisel edge of your brush. You can see the black and white on each corner of the brush. Lead with the lighter color.
4. Add more white to the brush to lighten and start stroking in with short choppy strokes the wing feathers..they should be a lighter grey than the tail.
5. Keep adding the grey until you have the wing filled in.
6. Add a bit more black and drag in the black streak on the wing.
7. Clean the brush then double load with white and Raw Sienna (or Antique Gold).
8. With the same choppy strokes paint in the belly starting from the end working up towards the neck.
9. Clean your brush, load with just white to paint on the neck feathers at the top of the belly. A little Gold will mix in as the belly is still wet but that is okay. But for the cheek make sure you only have pure white in your brush and stroke in the white cheek.
10. Clean the brush and load with black. Paint on the head and neck working around the eye. (in the video I actually paint in the eye part first but don’t let that throw you)
11. With the liner brush and burnt umber paint in the circle of the eye.
12. Still using the liner brush paint a thin line of white along the bottom rim (on one bird I brought the white line up half way around the eye) You decide what it needs.
13. With the tip of your liner place a dot of white on the burnt umber for a bright spot.
14. Add in his little feet in burnt umber or black.
15. Let dry and finish with a cream wax or varathane. (my supply list has my favorite).
And that is it!