Friday, 2 September 2016

DecoArt Peacock Eyes Canvas Tutorial

Peacock Eyes
Tons of Texture and a Mass of Metallic 

Apply torn paper to a Canvas with Matt Medium, I was using an existing canvas that I had already applied colour to which wasn't necessary but it added a colour cast!
 Applying Modelling Paste and Crackle paste through a variety of Stencils

 Apply Modelling Paste directly and texture with a palette knife, allow to dry for 2 hours

 I planned the layout and applied Gesso to the area where the face was going to be located, once dry I stencilled the face with Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic
I cut approximately 30 Feathers and applied with 
Matt Medium, and applied a coat over them and the face
 I started by applying watered down Media Mister Violet, darker around the edge with Quinacridone Violet
 Then worked Dioxadine Purple blending one colour to the next
 Repeat with Carbon Black

 Followed with Phthalo Blue working out to the edge of the Canvas
 Started to wipe back the paint on the raised areas with a baby wipe whilst still wet
 If you wipe back to much just brush a little more colour, I also highlighted the tips of the feathers with Cobalt Teal Hue

 Once dry the next step is to dry brush the raised texture areas with Metallic Silver

The colours were toned down with a wash of Carbon Black 
I applied lots of the Silver Metallic to the feathers, building up gradually until desired effect is achieved


Matte Medium
Modelling Paste
Crackle Paste 
Media Mister Violet
Quinacridone Violet
Dioxadine Purple
Phthalo Blue
Carbon Black
Cobalt Teal Hue
Metallic Silver

Stencil Girl- Pretty as a Peacock by Andrea Matus DeMeng
Spellbinders Peacock Feathers
DecoArt Dandelion


  1. A beautiful and very impressive portrait! Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

  2. I will use this idea! I love dioxadine purple! Stunning work!

  3. Thanks for the tutorial, would love to be able to work like you

  4. Stunning work as usual!!!
    A fabulous canvas and tutorial, thank you Jools!
    Corinne x

  5. Just amazing - the process and the result... absolutely awed Jools. Xj.