Thursday, February 23, 2017

Printable How to Paint A Picture of a Cardinal Bird Worksheet

The red cardinal is a classic picture and a fun project that any young artist will like to try. The artist will have a sense of accomplishment and confidence when it is done.

Parents, teachers, and homeschool families will be able to use this in class or as a take home project. It can be done as an extra assignment or given as a lesson by itself. It can make a nice framed art or a greeting card.

Learning to paint takes time and practice. Do not give up if you get frustrated- it is actually a good sign, it shows you have the gift of art and you are struggling with your skill level since your skill has not caught up to your talent. A real artist is harder on themselves than anyone else. Draw and paint every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. I have a lot of painting projects and am adding more each week so come back and try some more.

The worksheet below may be printed by highlighting it and sending it to your printer. Some people have better luck by dragging the image to the desktop and printing from there. If you have problems printing see the how to print tab above or try one of the links below to files that may print better.

Printable How To Paint A Cardinal Bird Worksheet

Here are two files that are upgraded to print better on different printers.

CLICK HERE for a file in photo format.
CLICK HERE for a file in a portable format.


Start by tracing the design onto 140 lb watercolor paper. If the paper is too heavy to see through just hold it against a window with the light shining through and you should be able to trace it.

If you want a bigger picture try putting the worksheet through a copier and enlarging the design then trace over the enlargement.

Start with the background. Use yellow on the leaves. Wet the areas around the bird, branch, and leaves and drop in watery blue, and watery green let the colors flow and blend but not completely so there is movement and interest in the background.

Use watery red on the bird followed with a little violet for the shadows and lines of the feathers.

AFTER IT IS DRY use the tip of a small brush and use an almost dry mixture to DRAW the lines of the feathers, mask, eye, beak, and claws.

Use blue in the shadow of the branch, while the blue is wet put a line of black on the edge, let the two colors flow together. Use light brown for the top of the branch.


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(c)Adron Dozat 2/23/17