DIY Feather Art

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Making feather art right at home is a lot easier than you probably think it is. Learn about do it yourself feather art with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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What's up everyone? This is Gene. I'm a graphic designer and illustrator for about the last 15 years. And today, we're going to be doing some DIY feather art. DIY is do it yourself because if someone else is doing it, it's just not as fun. So let's go play with some feathers. So one of the great things that all kids like to do on Thanksgiving is you want to make a hand turkey. So I'm going to show you a quick way that you can do something a little bit more interesting with your turkey hand. So let's take a look here. All you're going to do is throw your hand down on the paper and do the old trace. It's real quick and easy. Okay, there we go. Almost done. So just a quick hand trace that you probably haven't seen since you were in first or second grade. So we got the little hand. Now we just want to give it a little bit of an eye and make a little turkey beak and a little gobbler there that we know all turkeys have. And we're going to close up the hand. Give him a couple little legs and these are actually going off the bottom of the page. But, here's our little turkey for Thanksgiving and now what we're going to do is we're actually going to get a little bit more creative and get out our famous glue stick here which is child safe. And we're going to glue up the back of what are eventually going to be these turkeys' feathers. So there's a little bit of smearage but that's okay because we're going to cover all this over with actual feathers. We got these from the store. These were only about a dollar from the craft store. So it's a pretty inexpensive way that you can just liven up your turkey a little bit. And you want to make sure you actually push these down because the glue's not that powerful on its own. So just put a little bit of pressure and use a couple of differnt colors there because, let's face it, the more creative the turkey, the more colors he's going to want to have. If I was a turkey, I would probably only have one color feather but that's just me. This turkey, he likes to have a bunch of different colors like this bright red here. A little bit of yellow. Remember you can dab the glue, you can smear it. Just want to make sure you have enough that it's going to hold the feather though. And again, apply some pressure there. This is a really good, safe and really easy to clean up way. Just have a little bit more fun with your kids on Thanksgiving. And the thing is these packages you get, there's sometimes some smaller feathers. And you can also take the smaller feathers and we're going to glue up the rest of the turkey here. And you actually feather pretty much the entire turkey with these smaller feathers. You don't have to use only the long ones. And this will just add to your turkey authenticity. Anyway, there you have it. I'm not going to go through the whole thing but you get the general idea. So that feather art was so much fun but don't go outside and try and catch a bird and grab its feathers. Go to a store and purchase some feathers. Doesn't even matter if they're the real feathers or fake feathers. There's just one of the fun things you can do with a bunch of feathers.

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