I was watching an episode of Sesame Street recently with my daughter where the theme was art. The little purple fairy puppet explained to Elmo that you can use anything to make art and dipped a rubber chicken in paint before stamping it on her paper. Her rubber chicken art actually looked pretty cool, and it got me thinking… What cool things could I stamp to make art? Well, I love the look of feathers so I figured that would be perfect, and made my own ombre feather stamped canvas!
The canvas was really simple to make, and I decided to paint the feather in an ombre effect before stamping it on the canvas. If you notice, each feather stamp is darker purple near the top, and gets lighter near the bottom. This ombre feather stamped canvas turned out really pretty – perfect to display on our wall!
How to Make an Ombre Feather Stamped Canvas
- a blank canvas (I used an 8 x 10 inch canvas)
- light grey paint for canvas background
- 1 or more fun accent colors for feathers – I chose purple (instead of the pink & aqua in the picture)
- white paint to mix for ombre effect (not pictured)
- a feather in the size of your choice – if you are stamping in multiple colors, you’ll want multiple feathers (I only needed one feather since I used purple for all three)
- a paintbrush
- a surface to mix paint (I used a disposable plate so I could throw it away when done)
- a mat to prevent paint spills (I used a plastic disposable tablecloth)
**You’ll want to choose non-toxic paint in case you get it on your fingers while stamping
1. Prepare for stamping
First you’ll want to paint the canvas with the light grey paint (or another background color if you’d prefer). Make sure to paint the edge of the canvas grey too, so the canvas looks finished.
When the canvas is dry, prepare the paint for stamping. I chose to use purple paint on the feather, and I used white to create an ombre effect. So you’ll need your feather color and some white paint ready to use – I squirted a little of each onto a disposable plate so I could mix the colors as needed and throw the plate out afterward.
2. Paint the feather
The next step is to add paint to the feather. I wanted to have a little bit of an ombre effect for each stamp. To achieve this ombre look, I first painted some of the purple color on the end of the feather. Then I mixed a little of the white paint into the purple to lighten it slightly and painted this lighter shade in the next section of the feather.
I continued this process as I moved down the feather, adding a little white then painting a small section, several more times until it was a light purple near the bottom of the feather. (Note: I didn’t paint the bottom section of the feather so I would have a place to hold it while stamping, without getting paint all over my fingers. This made the process much less messy.)
Once the feather is painted, it’s time to stamp it while the paint is still wet. Decide where to stamp it on the canvas. Then hold onto the end of the feather (the part you didn’t paint to leave as a handle to hold) while you set it carefully onto the canvas. Next, you’ll want to pick the feather straight up off the canvas, still holding onto the end that’s free of paint. Make sure to lift the feather straight up and not slide it sideways across the canvas (sliding it sideways would smear the image).
Now that you’ve stamped the feather you may want to add a little more paint to it if needed (or a use a different feather & a different color paint if you’d like) and stamp some more. I stamped the feather three times onto the canvas at different angles, adding a little more paint to the feather before each time I stamped it.
The finished canvas looks really fun, and it makes me wonder what else I might want to stamp to make more fun art projects! The ombre coloring on each feather adds a really nice touch to the canvas, too. This little piece of art will look pretty hanging on the wall in our home, and I love that I made it myself!
What colors would you use to make an ombre feather stamped canvas?