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Peacock Eyes

by: Jools Robertson
September 8, 2015

Peacock Eyes

I love peacock feathers and have been looking to use the Fabulous Pretty as a Peacock Feather Stencil for sometime. I wanted to capture the beautiful metallic and iridescent quality of the feathers, which in turn create a dramatic halo effect to surround the beautiful face.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
  • Americana Stencils 12x12 - Dandelion
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • "Pretty as a Peacock" Stencil
  • Spellbinders Peacock Feathers
  • Canvas
  • Assorted Papers
  • Various Pattern Stencils
  • Palette Knife

Instructions :

Apply torn paper to a Canvas with Matte Medium, I was using an existing canvas that I had already applied colour to which wasn't necessary but it added a colour cast!

Apply Modeling Paste and Crackle Paste through a variety of patterned stencils.

Apply Modeling 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 stenciled the face with Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylic.

I cut approximately 30 feathers with the Spellbinders machine and die and applied with Matte Medium. Then I applied a coat over them and the face to seal.

I started by applying watered down Media Mister Violet, darkened around the edge with Quinacridone Violet.

Then worked in Dioxazine Purple blending one colour to the next.

Repeat with Carbon Black.

Followed with Phthalo Blue working out to the edge of the canvas.

I 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.

Be sure to visit Creative Journey for more projects and to learn more about Jools Robertson.


fabukous mixed media piece Jools, love the backdrop and the texture, the feathers look fabulous especially with the colour wiped back and I love the dry brushing. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

September 8, 2015

Stunning!!! Love it so much Jools


September 8, 2015

Oh my my my my myyyyyyyyyyyyyy gracious... is this BEAUTIFUL and FABULOUS or WHAT??? Just amazing Jools. But of course, it is.... you always create the unimaginable for me. She is STUNNING and your tutorial makes me want to go right now and get started painting. Thanks bunches for such a SUPER inspiration. j.


September 8, 2015

This is truly amazing, Jools. Just stunning! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

Candy Colwell

September 10, 2015

Completely amazing! Those feathers - wow! Alison x


September 11, 2015

Absolutlely stunning! jools And thank you so much for sharing how you created such an amazing piece of art . x

Amanda Pink

October 15, 2015

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