Learn How to Paint a Chickadee Bird, one easy stroke at a time. Simple enough for beginners.
This is an easy to learn how to paint a chickadee tutorial in acrylics. Simple enough for a beginner! Video included.
Here it is, as promised. My chickadee painting tutorial. I have had requests so I am going to make up a pattern packet for purchase. It will have the hand drawn pattern, list of supplies and step by step instructions
Okay lets get started!
Surface to paint on. (you can paint on canvas, wood board or make greeting cards)
#6 flat brush (comes in the Donna Dewberry brush set or the Majestic brush set)
10/1 liner brush by Majestic
White transfer paper
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
First you need to 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.
Click here for a complete list with photos of supplies I use all the time.
With the white and the black double loaded onto your #6 flat brush, 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. Always lead with the lighter color.
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.
Keep adding the grey until you have the wing filled in. Add a bit more black and drag in the black streak on the wing.
Clean your brush and double load with white and Raw Sienna (or Antique Gold). With the same choppy strokes paint in the belly starting from the end working up towards the neck.
Clean your brush again and just use white to paint on the neck feather at the top of the belly..a little Gold will mix in as the belly is still wet but that is okay.
For the cheek make sure you only have pure white in your brush and stroke in the white cheek.
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)
With your liner brush and burnt umber paint in the circle of the eye. Then rim it with white along the bottom and on one bird I brought the white line up half way around the eye. You decide what it needs. Then dot it with white for a bright spot.
Add in his little feet.
So what would you like me to paint next?? Another bird…maybe a Cardinal??
UPDATE: Cardinal Tutorial is HERE!