The bird is made up of lots of little feathers which I cut out of the painted paper above. It is a page of watercolour paper which I covered with brown, orange and gold washes. I've been making a few of these pages this weekend as possible backgrounds for artist trading cards (my new thing!). I really like the different shades, tones and patterns that form randomly when I make these.
After I'd cut all the little feather shapes out I stuck them all on to the bird I'd drawn. It took ages! I glued on a sequin for his eye and painted in his beak and feet.
I do like the bird its just the background I'm disappointed with, so perhaps if I think of a better idea I can cut him out and do another one.. any ideas?