How to Paint Fun Chickens!
I have been involved in an impressionist painting workshop and let me tell you it is difficult for me. But I am loving all the new techniques I am learning and hope to expand my painting skills. But sometimes I just need a funky fun painting project that is fast and oh so easy. How to Paint Fun Chickens was a great rainy day project.
What is great about these is you can use them as coasters, shelf sitters and with my larger size, trivets. They make great little hand made gifts!
I used some wood squares I cut from a 1 x 6 pine board but you can easily find different surfaces to paint these on like these wood slices or pre-cut wood circles. A full supply list with links will be at the end of this post.
I start by painting on a base coat of Plaid Folk Art Dove Gray.
I let that dry thoroughly and transfer my designs with graphite paper.
I try to keep the graphite lines very light. With older, well used pieces of graphite paper it is easy to get very light lines but use a super light touch when using new pieces as they make dark lines very easily.
The base coat of each hen or rooster is painted in using my chosen colors. You can use any colors you have if you like, you could even do some bright psychedelic chickens, there are no rules here.
I add a bit of shadowing and highlighting to add some dimension. With each chicken I use different colors so to highlight or shadow I use a darker or lighter value of colors. The video I link below shows me painting each one step by step and I show you which colors I use on each.
Now I add the details like the eye and I fix any faux pas I may have made (if you watch the video I do make a few and I show you how to fix them)
I will finish these with a couple coats of Rustoleum Spar Urethane for protection.
You can add different elements to the chickens to make them your own, spots, stripes, feathery strokes, or as I stated before, make them brightly colored and unique!
these paint colors should be available at any of your hobby stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s. You can usually find some at Wal-Mart as well.
Plaid Folk Art craft acrylics (I use both the regular and the Multi-Surface)
Deep Tomato Red
Brushes (note: the Donna Dewberry brush set has a small liner you can use instead of the Royal Majestic one I use in the video)
Royal Majestic Detail Pack
One Stroke variety Pack
These would look great painted on wood slices or these plywood wood squares
Click here for a complete list of all my painting supplies, like brush cleaning basin, my favorite brush cleaner etc.
Video of tutorial of How to Paint Fun Chickens
Happy Chicken Painting!
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