Fine Feathered Friends

By  Linda Hollander 

  • Fine Feathered Friends
  • Closeup of Completed Birds
  • Painting Chart


  • Plaid FolkArt Outdoor Opaque Paint: Burnt Umber, Fresh Foliage, Grass Green, Licorice, Linen, Maple Syrup, Thicket, Wicker White, Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Golden Taklon: Monogram Liner, Series R595, #10/0; Comb, Series R730, 1/4”; Fusion: Round, Series R3250, #2, #5, #8
  • Garden Treasures Wild Bird Feeder (#019682) from a Home Improvement Store

Pattern - Fine Feathered Friends

  • Preparation
  • 1. Wipe roof with rubbing alcohol. Print out patterns; transfer basic details onto roof.
  • Painting Instructions
  • 1. Note: For best results do not use water with outdoor paints. Wipe mistakes immediately with rubbing alcohol as paint bonds quickly. No topcoat or varnish is necessary.
  • 2. Refer to painting chart.

    Painting Chart
  • Birch Branches
  • 1. See Fig. 1. Double-load #8 round with Burnt Umber and Maple Syrup to stroke largest branches; in same manner, use #5 and #2 round brushes to paint smaller branches. Use liner and brush mix of same colors to paint twigs.

    Painting Chart
  • 2. See Fig. 2. Load comb with Linen and dry brush highlights using curved stroked beginning at top of branch. Repeat to enhance highlights (Fig. 3).
  • Leaves and Tendrils
  • 1. Load #5 round with Thicket + tch. of Licorice; strokes leaves from center vein outward leaving edges jagged (Fig. 1). Dry brush Fresh Foliage stroking leaves from outer edges toward center vein (Fig. 2). In same manner, dry brush highlights here and there with Grass Green (Fig. 3). Use liner to add Fresh Foliage tendrils.
  • Birds
  • 1. Note: Use appropriate size round brushes to base bird sections.
  • 2. Use Linen to base bellies and lower half of heads using short choppy strokes. (Note: Strokes should follow growth patterns of feathers.) Use same technique and Licorice to base caps, wings, and tails. Use #5 round and Maple Syrup to shade bellies and lower half of heads (Fig. 1 and 2). Use dirty brush and small amount of Wicker White to highlight tails, top of head, and right wing (Fig. 2). Repeat to enhance highlights on heads and tails (Fig. 3). Warm shaded area on bellies with Yellow Ochre (Fig. 2). Side-load #5 round with Wicker White and highlight wing feathers (Fig. 3).
  • 3. Use #2 round to base eyes Licorice (Fig. 2). Side-load dirty brush with Wicker White and stroke highlights on right and left sides; use liner to add tiny Wicker White comma strokes (Fig. 3).
  • 4. Use liner to base inside of mouths Licorice. Load dirty brush with small amount of Wicker White to paint beaks. Paint nostril Licorice. For feet, use liner to base Licorice (Fig. 2); use dirty brush to highlight Wicker White (Fig. 3).
  • Finishing
  • 1. Allow to air dry 48 hours before using. Assemble feeder.