Monday, March 12, 2012
Tutorial: Painting Bird's Egg
Watching little birds build a nest in the wreath
on my front door has me inspired by the arrival
of the Spring. I invite you to create along with me.
1. Cut a piece of 200-thread count bleach muslin
fabric and draw the outline of a bird's egg
2. Take your favorite brand of acrylic paints,
and apply a base color of cream or warm white
3. Once the base coat is dry, paint a top coat
to match the color of the bird's egg.
4. Once the top coat is dry, use white paint for highlighted
areas and raw umber or indigo blue paint for shadowy areas.
Build up each area with thin layers of paint and water, called
a wash, to achieve a sense of depth.
5. Most bird eggs have spotted or streaked markings.
One way to add subtle spotting to the egg is with a technique
call spattering. Using a warm brown color, thin the paint down
with water, dip a small stencil brush into the paint/water mixture
then use a finger to bend the brush bristles toward the body and
*Be careful to cover and protect areas not to be spattered.
6. Add additional marks by using the side of the paint brush,
a skewer, toothpick, and small dowels.