Anthropologie inspired watercolor feather pen

watercolofeatherpenscraftberrybush I gave the kiddies a little watercolor lesson yesterday. I tried to teach them that watercolor is a very freeing medium as it doesn’t have to be perfect; you just need to allow it to flow in whatever manner it wants to flow…allow the colors to mix themselves as they please while they dance onto the paper.

35144716_000_b Last week I found these adorable pens from Anthropologie and thought it would be fun to make our own with a little twist.

watercolofeatherpenscraftberrybush2 So they listened carefully to my instructions and eagerly got to work. This is a perfect craft for beginner watercolirst because it allows you the freedom to experiment and  the end result will always be beautiful.

– Prepare pens by inserting the tips in a piece of Styrofoam (not pictured).
– Spray paint white and allow to dry.
– Lightly draw the shape of a feather on watercolor paper.
– On a palette, prepare the colors you are going to use.
– Dip brush in water and fill in feather shape.
– While still wet, take first color of choice and shade in half of the feather.
– Tilt paper up and down and side to side; allowing paint to travel around the shape.
– Clean brush in water and spread some of the paint already on the feather to the other side.
– With a paper towel, gently tap the centre of the paint; this will absorb some of the paint and create a ‘vein’.
– Continue to play with various colors working on half of the feather at a time; allow to dry.
– Cut out outline of feather leaving some white towards the bottom of the feather; cut thin slits towards the centre vein.
– Attach to pen using washi tape.


Watercolor can be a little intimidating at first, but once you start playing with it, I guarantee you will be hooked.

A quick question in closing – would you like to see a couple of lessons here? It’s something that I have been wanting to do and perhaps this year is the year to do it. Let me know.

Thank you so much for visiting me today. Hope you have a beautiful day.
much love,



Here is another Anthropologie knockoff you might like to see.

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  1. Judy says

    These are beautiful. I,too, thought the feathers were real at first.
    Yes, please, I’d love for you to post some watercolor lessons.
    Thank you for a lovely post.

  2. Linda says

    Yes please! I love your other tutorials! I made the gold spheres for my daughter who is an interior designer, she loves them!!!

  3. Judi Johnson says

    I also would love to have lessons for water color painting. As long as you keep it simple and not alot of supplies

  4. says

    Wow!! This is amazing! Initially I sincerely thought you painted real feathers with watercolour. They look so real. I had to look closer and closer, and still couldn’t tell it’s actually paper!

  5. Patricia Wilson says

    Lucy, I would love an opportunity to learn watercolor and other artistic skills you may have to share. I just want you to be aware, it was with difficulty that I was able to post my comment. Initially, I’d type the words, but the letters I’d typed would come out all wrong. However, somehow, I finally was able to complete my comment. Was this just me…or have you heard this complaint before? Actually, now that things are working well, I don’t need or expect a reply.

  6. Maeva says

    I love your watercolors! The clear bright colors are so refreshing. I am a beginning watercolor painter. I would love it if you would post some lessons. I would also like to know what type/brand of paint you use.

  7. says

    Wow – I love these. I am planning to make an arrow out of dowel and I was going to try cutting and attaching actual feathers to the dowel but I think I may try this too and see which looks better.

  8. says

    These are really fantastic – I love the colors and they’d make great gifts or just something to beautify your own life. Cool project!

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