Paint a Blue Bird in Flight

How to Paint a Blue Bird Flying. Give your design motion by painting this blue bird flying along. Easy step by step beginner painting lesson with video.

Paint a blue bird flying (or any color you wish).  This design can liven up a painting surface by giving it motion and interest.

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I painted this on a thrift store find, a small stool that can act as a side table or extra seating where you need it. To see the makeover go here.

Get Started Painting a Bird in Flight

1. start with your pattern, transfer it to your surface with transfer paper (not carbon paper).

2. Double load your #12 flat or bright brush with Night Sky and Wicker white.

Need more info on Basics of painting like loading and strokes? Go here!
blue and white paint loaded on flat brush, pamela groppe art

Head & Wings

3. Make an upside down U stroke to make the top of the birds head. (Ignore the line down the middle, I used that to draw the bird)
the tstart of painting a bird, pamelagroppeart

4. Re load your brush and come back to do the stroke on the wings. First one side then the other.
paint wings on blue bird

Paint Body & Tail

5. Reload the brush, stroke on the body following your pattern lines. First one side then the other.

Painting the body of a bird one stroke

6. Start at the bottom center of the tail and start laying in short choppy strokes for the tail feathers.  Layer your strokes as you ascend to where the body meets the tail.
Add the tail to bird painting

I got this tail a little wide once I was done adding the feathers but it still works.  You can adjust to your liking.

Feather Strokes

7. Now starting at the tip of the wing stroke in the wing feathers from bottom up. (in the video I show how to add some yellow ochre into the wings if you wish, but it is optional)
Painting wing feathers on blue bird in flight, pamela groppe art

8. Keep layering until you reach the blue of the wing stroke.

Neck & Back

9. Using a liner brush loaded with Licorice Black add strokes in a V shape to the back of the neck and back.
Add black feathers to shoulders and back of flying blue bird

10. Next stroke the white over the black on the head. You can see how the white will overlap the black.
Paint white feathers on neck of flying blue bird


11. Now add the beak in Yellow Ochre and you are done!
Beak of bird in flight added with yellow ochre, pamela groppe art

Supplies for Paint a Bird in Flight

#12 Loew Cornell Flat Brush or Royal Majestic Bright La Cornielle
or One Stroke Set
Script Liner (avalaible in the one stroke set)

Folkart bottle acrylic colors:

Night Sky (or any very dark blue you have)
Wicker White
Yellow Ochre
Licorice Black (for bird)

Happy Painting!

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  1. Thank you once again for sharing!!
    Love the bird in flight! Thanks for the composition, bird and roses!
    Mary Lou

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