Today I want to show you how to create a watercolor and ink bird. I love drawing birds. I also LOVE any excuse to use my ultra-fine tip sharpie. It’s my new favorite art supply. If you like to doodle and have basic water color skills, you can create your own bird art.
Water color paper cut into 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 pieces
Watercolor paints (crayola works great. I believe art does not have to be expensive!)
A sharpie ultra fine tip marker.
Mix up two colors of paint (red and yellow) for the bird’s head, wings, and tail. Apply a clear water wash to the areas you want to paint first by painting the area with a wet paint brush. While wet, apply the red paint at the top and yellow at the bottom. Allow the colors to mix and dry. My wash was a little messy around the edges, but I didn’t really care since I knew I was going to cover them with my marker. I’ll admit…I got a little sloppy with this project.
Mix up a blue color for the body. Apply another clear water wash to the body area. Paint the blue at the top and bottom. Add some of your red into the middle of the bird for interest. Allow to dry.
Don’t forget to paint the beak and legs. I almost forgot the beak. Once everything is painted and dry, it’s time to break out the sharpie. Draw around the bird and color in the eye. Start adding lines in the wing and tail areas for a feather look.
Now begin to embellish your bird. I added a few circular feathers on the head area. I also like to go back over my lines and make some thicker indifferent spots. I can get carried away when I start doodling, but I restrained myself from covering the whole bird. I wanted to be able to see the pretty colors.
Use this technique on any bird
After completing my first doodled bird, I decided to try it out on a couple other types of birds. If you like to doodle, the piece of art is fun and easy! Give it a try.