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Feather Duster Painting: Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

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Feather Duster Painting: Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

I’ve been toying with what to hang on our big empty bedroom wall for a while, but art is expensive—especially big pieces of art. At our old apartments, we had a tapestry Mike got in Cambodia hanging over our bed. But it’s seen better days, so it didn’t make it up onto the wall in this bedroom (still figuring out what to do with it!).

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

I don’t really know anything about art, though, so I have a hard time appreciating it, especially when it is expensive. So I decided to experiment with a blank canvas, some acrylic paint, and a feather duster to see what I ended up with.

Since I have the coolest parents in the world, they actually let me paint my room using a feather duster when I was younger. But an entire room covered in bright red and metallic gold explosions would probably give me a migraine now, so a 24″ by 36″ canvas is about all I can take.

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

Here’s what I used for me feather duster painting wall art:

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  • 36″ by 48″ blank canvas—you can browse various sizes online here
  • Three different acrylic craft paints, preferably in progressively lighter shades—I used navy blue, light blue, and metallic silver
  • Ostrich feather duster—It’s important to get an ostrich feather duster, not a regular feather duster. Regular feather dusters create a stiffer-looking pattern and tend to shed!
  • Drop cloth, latex gloves, paper plates, paper towels, scissors

And here’s how you can do it in only about 30 minutes.

Step 1: Pour and begin painting

Start with your darkest color. I poured the navy paint onto a paper plate, dipped the feather duster in, and began blotting the paint onto the canvas.

I did not have a plan at this point; I just tried to make it look cool. I mostly used the feather duster to blot the color, but I also did a little dragging in swirly patterns.

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

Step 2: Add lighter color

Next I dumped the bottle of light blue onto the same paper plate and repeated the first step using the same feather duster. I wasn’t really worried about mixing colors since they were both blues.

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

Step 3: Let dry, then add silver

I let this dry for about 15 minutes and then poured my metallic silver onto a new plate. The feather duster was sopping wet with blue paint at this point, so instead of buying another feather duster, I just used scissors to cut off the tips (below, left).

Then I just blotted the silver paint on using no particular rhyme or reason. Are you seeing a pattern here? I think I even closed my eyes for part of it.

Make Cheap Feather Duster Wall Art

Many praised the remark as a rallying cry summing up — in a quintessentially London way — the belief that violence and jihadism don't reflect Islamic values.

After a few hours of drying, I hung it up in the bedroom. I am so happy with how this project turned out, and it really helps fill up the empty wall space! Here is the empty wall…

And here it is after hanging my art!

Many praised the remark as a rallying cry summing up — in a quintessentially London way — the belief that violence and jihadism don't reflect Islamic values.

Many praised the remark as a rallying cry summing up — in a quintessentially London way — the belief that violence and jihadism don't reflect Islamic values.

Many praised the remark as a rallying cry summing up — in a quintessentially London way — the belief that violence and jihadism don't reflect Islamic values.

This project was also pretty cheap—$40.32! Here is the breakdown:

  • Biggest canvas at Michael’s (50% off coupon), total price $27.50
  • Navy (40% off coupon), total price .89 cents
  • French Blue (50% off coupon), total price .74 cents
  • Pure Platinum (60% off coupon), total price $1.20
  • Feather duster, total price $9.99
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Susan

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

In the spring, I'm beginning renovations on a 15-foot travel trailer that will be my micro home. I've always wanted to be the crazy ol' cat lady living in the woods. You've given me a wonderful, creative push toward how to artistically camouflage my little home in the woods. I'll paint the outside off-white and paint a free-form design on part of it with woodland colours - shades of green, brown and silver. Thanks so much for this idea.I can't wait to get started!

Brittany Goldwyn

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

Susan, that sounds amazing. I love micro homes and am so glad to hear you are motivated to dig in this spring!

Shirley

Monday 30th of January 2017

To cut cost of a large piece, I think I will use a triple panel instead of the large single canvas...smaller but should cover a large area...do you think that will work and maybe paint the edges in the solid color used to get the effect of framing maybe? Anyone have thoughts to help this work?

Beverly Campbell

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

I forgot that I wanted to ask you a question in my last comment but my brain was in overload after seeing this. Using water based paint, could you rinse the feather duster to change colors? I have so many ideas on this project and would like to do a few things as gifts. Beverly

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

Beverly, thank you so much for your sweet words! I'm so glad it inspired you. I'm not sure if you could rinse it...I'd be worried that the feathers would be a little droopy after washing it. I didn't try to wash mine. But you can wash water-based paint off of brushes, so I say give it a try and see if it works!

Beverly Campbell

Wednesday 21st of September 2016

I love this idea. I just pinned a chest of drawer painted with lace. I have 3 chests in my craft/ sewing room and think I need to do one of them like this (just on the drawers). Thanks so much for the inspiration....my brain juices are over flowing right now. Saw this on Hometalk and am pinning right now.

Mary - The Boondocks Blog

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

What a pretty canvas! It is bright and fresh and abstract! Love it. I'm going to share!

Brittany Merth

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Thank you so much, Mary!!

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