Feathers are good for the inside of pillows, to tickle someone's nose, and to make great pieces of art by feather painting.
What You'll Need:
- 3 feathers (available at craft stores)
- India ink
- Poster paints
- Clean foam food trays (from fruits or vegetables only)
- Drawing paper
- Scissors or craft knife
Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.
Step 2: Pour a bit of India ink on a clean foam food tray, and pour some poster paints in another tray.
Step 3: Paint a picture on a piece of drawing paper with one part of each feather: the quill end, the feather tip, and the feather web (edge).
Step 4: Dip the quill end in ink to create sharp lines, dots, and points. Dip the feather tip and the feather web in poster paint to create soft, sweeping lines.
Tip: To make a quill pen, help your child cut off the end of the quill at an angle so that it tapers to a point. Then make a small slit in the middle of the tip. Dip the quill pen in some India ink, and write a letter or draw a picture. When the tip wears down, snip a bit off again for a fresh, sharp tip.
Go to the next page and learn how to make painted presents for holidays and birthdays.