Painting a Peacock

PeacockI loved this approach to painting a peacock as soon as I saw it at That Artist Woman’s blog.

I think the sweetness comes from the fact that you can easily see the face and feathers. I tried finishing it off with a silver Sharpie marker for some added shine. Thanks for the inspiration Gail!

• Watercolor paper
• Crayons
• Liquid watercolor paint
• Silver Sharpie markers

PREP: If you have a wide range of ages is your class, like I do, you may want to consider making a template to trace for the first step. Starting off with a head and neck that fill the paper really helps with the next steps.

1. The peacock head and neck shape are drawn (or traced) in pencil.
2. The bottom of the neck has some scallop shapes added to look like feathers.
3. Eyes and beak are drawn in the head as shown.
4. The body below is filled in with lots of feathers that continue off the paper.
5. The drawing is traced with a crayon, pressing heavily so the lines really show up.
6. The art is painted with watercolor paint.
7. After the paint is dry, the edges of the peacock are traced with a silver marker.

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