Paint Activities

Feather Painting
Use the quill end to make lines and dots.
Use the quill end to make lines and dots.
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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:

  • Newspaper
  • 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.

Use the feather web (the edge) to sweep color across the page.
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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.

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