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I Paint Realistic Animal Portraits On Delicate Feathers
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I Paint Realistic Animal Portraits On Delicate Feathers

I have always been madly in love with creating art and painting feathers has become my newest obsession. The challenge of building up layers of paint on such a fragile surface is both exciting and arduous. With such a small, delicate canvas, I have to make sure my brush strokes are gentle and precise. I use acrylic paints and tiny paint brushes, and all of the feathers I use were naturally molted – many of which were donated to me by parrot owners, or were shed from my own five pet birds.

I have been making a name for myself as an artist over the past few years, specializing in colored pencil and charcoal pet portraiture, and am very pleased to now be accepting commissions for custom painted feathers as well. I love what I do and am so excited to see what the future has in store for me on this artistic journey.

More info: krystlemissildine.com | Facebook | Instagram

European Robin on a blue and gold macaw feather

Red Panda on a blue and gold macaw feather

Tiger on a wild turkey feather

Silky the Cat on a wild turkey feather

Boston Terrier on a military macaw feather

Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrot on an amazon parrot tail feather

Clown fish and anemone on a blue and gold macaw feather

Acrylic paintings on macaw feathers

Rose on a blue and gold macaw feather

Boston Terrier on a hyacinth macaw feather

Rainbow Lorikeet on a macaw feather

Working on a feather painting in progress

Timelapse video of my Boston Terrier feather painting

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

You re-purposed nature's feathers into something beautiful. Your work is stunning. I am a new fan. <3

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you so much!

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Kiks DT Zhang
Community Member
5 years ago

Such a lovely and inspiring work! Bravo!!!

Louie
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing!

Audrey
Community Member
5 years ago

Super joli ! Quel travail , bravo

Meaghan Brady
Community Member
5 years ago

You are amazing. Any chance you could make earrings out of these and sell them? I know I would buy them and be proud to rock them!!

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Your skill is amazing and the final artwork is very very beautiful. But I'm curious, where do you get the feathers from? I know feathers can be found by chance in the parks, but I guess, if you're a collector, you'd have a safer source for your painting material. Also, I exclude the chance you're hunting those birds down, oh my, not! So... I'm curious.

Community Member
5 years ago

Thanks, Daria! It explains where I get my feathers in the first part of the article. Most are donated to me from parrot owners, and I have used feathers from my own birds as well. They are all naturally molted.

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Anthony
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely Amazing!!!

Hiruya
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing. I love feathers and your work makes them even more precious. Do you preserve them somehow?

Rose Moris
Community Member
5 years ago

Niceeeeeeeeeeee. and awesome

Linda Engman
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely love your art work ! I'm a fan of you for sure. Beautiful !!!!

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you so much, Linda!!

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Vervelende Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW!

Vanessa Morawski
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so cool, what paint would you use for this?

Community Member
5 years ago

Thanks! I use basic Craft Smart acrylic paints. They are inexpensive and work great on the feathers.

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Nguyen Thuan
Community Member
5 years ago

I want one :( !!! How can i get this ? :(

Anu Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

Can we like laminate this and use it as a bookmark? I would love one of these as a bookmark.

Jaes M.
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow.. This is very unimaginable.. What a gifted hand!!!!

Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

Have you tried painting any feathers which are still attached?

Jakub Syno
Community Member
5 years ago

Are you even serious? How did you do that? Pretty much amazed ;)

Haleema
Community Member
5 years ago

Just absolutely amazing

home_with_you
Community Member
5 years ago

really nice! :)

Ruth Meadows
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! They're all really pretty! :)

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you, Ruth!

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Victoria Penido
Community Member
5 years ago

Hey can you sell them plz!! BECAUSE THEY ARE SO PRETTY AND SATISFYING PLZ PLZ!!!???

Phoenix Gold
Community Member
5 years ago

Really nice painting! I like it.

Philip Wakeham
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the Panda , and the fish

Ruth Meadows
Community Member
5 years ago

No worries! :)

Katsuri
Community Member
5 years ago

Really amazing work!

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
5 years ago

What a wonderful eye you have, Krystle. Beautiul work!

Anne Blue
Community Member
5 years ago

You are just talented. And don't ever forget that. Goodluck!

Inğrid Flöreşová
Community Member
5 years ago

Que hermosas!!! Buen trabajo!!!

Tansy Mayhew
Community Member
5 years ago

How much do you charge for a feather painting and do you accept commissions from Australia?

Brendan Forkner
Community Member
5 years ago

look her up on facebook (pet portraits by krystle missildine) or instagram (@thedietofworms) and shoot her a message!

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Tansy Mayhew
Community Member
5 years ago

How much do you charge for a feather painting and do you accept commissions from Australia?

Gyzz Buksh
Community Member
5 years ago

that is some insane talent, Wow !

Cesi Baca
Community Member
5 years ago

They are absolutely beautiful and obviously made with a lot of skill, but what are you supposed to do with a loose painted feather. So easy to damage or ruffle. If only it came in some kind of glass display or something.

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you! And yes, they are framed behind glass for display (more often done by the purchaser).

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Brian Lavigne
Community Member
5 years ago

Can these be purchased? Briguyct@gmail

Brendan Forkner
Community Member
5 years ago

look her up on facebook (pet portraits by krystle missildine) or instagram (@thedietofworms) and shoot her a message!

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Brian Lavigne
Community Member
5 years ago

Can someone buy these? Briguyct@gmail

Victoria Penido
Community Member
5 years ago

Hi they are very pretty!! Can you sell them? Or just sell the cat and the colorful bird because I LOVE THE DRAWING!! ITS SO SATISFYING!!!!!! | | | | | | | |. |. | |. |. | || | | | | | |. | |. | | | | | | | Z

Snoosh Gmd
Community Member
5 years ago

~ I'm blown away with your pieces - Beautiful & stunning! ~

Gabi English
Community Member
5 years ago

They are fantastic! You are very talented.

JEEMA AZEEM
Community Member
5 years ago

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Cesi Baca
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5 years ago

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Unfortunately, another commenter here was correct. These feather paintings were originally done by artist Jamie Homeister. She posted them here on Boredpanda 2 years ago and they are almost identical in style and subject. Not saying anyone can't paint on feathers as well, but this certainly not her original idea or style : (

Community Member
5 years ago

As I said to the other commenter, she gave me feathers and encouraged me to paint years ago. It is not her original style or idea, as plenty of other artists do feather painting, as well as her and my painting styles are very different.

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Mark Chasteen
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5 years ago

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Totally biting the work of Jamie Homeister, imo.

Community Member
5 years ago

She is who gave me my first feathers to get started painting them, and inspired and encouraged me to have a go with it.

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

You re-purposed nature's feathers into something beautiful. Your work is stunning. I am a new fan. <3

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you so much!

Load More Replies...
Kiks DT Zhang
Community Member
5 years ago

Such a lovely and inspiring work! Bravo!!!

Louie
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing!

Audrey
Community Member
5 years ago

Super joli ! Quel travail , bravo

Meaghan Brady
Community Member
5 years ago

You are amazing. Any chance you could make earrings out of these and sell them? I know I would buy them and be proud to rock them!!

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Your skill is amazing and the final artwork is very very beautiful. But I'm curious, where do you get the feathers from? I know feathers can be found by chance in the parks, but I guess, if you're a collector, you'd have a safer source for your painting material. Also, I exclude the chance you're hunting those birds down, oh my, not! So... I'm curious.

Community Member
5 years ago

Thanks, Daria! It explains where I get my feathers in the first part of the article. Most are donated to me from parrot owners, and I have used feathers from my own birds as well. They are all naturally molted.

Load More Replies...
Anthony
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely Amazing!!!

Hiruya
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing. I love feathers and your work makes them even more precious. Do you preserve them somehow?

Rose Moris
Community Member
5 years ago

Niceeeeeeeeeeee. and awesome

Linda Engman
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolutely love your art work ! I'm a fan of you for sure. Beautiful !!!!

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you so much, Linda!!

Load More Replies...
Vervelende Panda
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW!

Vanessa Morawski
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so cool, what paint would you use for this?

Community Member
5 years ago

Thanks! I use basic Craft Smart acrylic paints. They are inexpensive and work great on the feathers.

Load More Replies...
Nguyen Thuan
Community Member
5 years ago

I want one :( !!! How can i get this ? :(

Anu Jay
Community Member
5 years ago

Can we like laminate this and use it as a bookmark? I would love one of these as a bookmark.

Jaes M.
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow.. This is very unimaginable.. What a gifted hand!!!!

Troux
Community Member
5 years ago

Have you tried painting any feathers which are still attached?

Jakub Syno
Community Member
5 years ago

Are you even serious? How did you do that? Pretty much amazed ;)

Haleema
Community Member
5 years ago

Just absolutely amazing

home_with_you
Community Member
5 years ago

really nice! :)

Ruth Meadows
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! They're all really pretty! :)

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you, Ruth!

Load More Replies...
Victoria Penido
Community Member
5 years ago

Hey can you sell them plz!! BECAUSE THEY ARE SO PRETTY AND SATISFYING PLZ PLZ!!!???

Phoenix Gold
Community Member
5 years ago

Really nice painting! I like it.

Philip Wakeham
Community Member
5 years ago

Love the Panda , and the fish

Ruth Meadows
Community Member
5 years ago

No worries! :)

Katsuri
Community Member
5 years ago

Really amazing work!

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
5 years ago

What a wonderful eye you have, Krystle. Beautiul work!

Anne Blue
Community Member
5 years ago

You are just talented. And don't ever forget that. Goodluck!

Inğrid Flöreşová
Community Member
5 years ago

Que hermosas!!! Buen trabajo!!!

Tansy Mayhew
Community Member
5 years ago

How much do you charge for a feather painting and do you accept commissions from Australia?

Brendan Forkner
Community Member
5 years ago

look her up on facebook (pet portraits by krystle missildine) or instagram (@thedietofworms) and shoot her a message!

Load More Replies...
Tansy Mayhew
Community Member
5 years ago

How much do you charge for a feather painting and do you accept commissions from Australia?

Gyzz Buksh
Community Member
5 years ago

that is some insane talent, Wow !

Cesi Baca
Community Member
5 years ago

They are absolutely beautiful and obviously made with a lot of skill, but what are you supposed to do with a loose painted feather. So easy to damage or ruffle. If only it came in some kind of glass display or something.

Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you! And yes, they are framed behind glass for display (more often done by the purchaser).

Load More Replies...
Brian Lavigne
Community Member
5 years ago

Can these be purchased? Briguyct@gmail

Brendan Forkner
Community Member
5 years ago

look her up on facebook (pet portraits by krystle missildine) or instagram (@thedietofworms) and shoot her a message!

Load More Replies...
Brian Lavigne
Community Member
5 years ago

Can someone buy these? Briguyct@gmail

Victoria Penido
Community Member
5 years ago

Hi they are very pretty!! Can you sell them? Or just sell the cat and the colorful bird because I LOVE THE DRAWING!! ITS SO SATISFYING!!!!!! | | | | | | | |. |. | |. |. | || | | | | | |. | |. | | | | | | | Z

Snoosh Gmd
Community Member
5 years ago

~ I'm blown away with your pieces - Beautiful & stunning! ~

Gabi English
Community Member
5 years ago

They are fantastic! You are very talented.

JEEMA AZEEM
Community Member
5 years ago

T­h­a­t­ ­p­e­o­p­l­e­ ­w­a­n­t­ ­t­o­ ­­g­e­t­­ ­a­ ­g­o­o­d­ ­i­n­c­o­m­e­ ­a­t­ ­h­­o­m­e­,­ ­b­u­t­ ­t­h­e­y­ ­k­n­o­w­ ­h­o­w­ ­a ­l­o­t­ ­of ­w­a­y­s­ ­­­t­o­­ ­g­­et ­large ­­a­m­o­u­n­t­ ­­­o­f­ ­­­m­­o­ne­­y­­, ­b­u­t ­w­h­e­n ­­p­e­o­p­l­e­ ­­­try to get trapped in a scam you have a house interested I am sharing with a must visit free page to earn large sums of money and I am more than confident that you will succeed genuine and guaranteed method . Good luck! As a humble man. for detail--->>>w­w­w.j­o­b­s­n­e­w­s­1­1.c­o­mTM

Cesi Baca
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Unfortunately, another commenter here was correct. These feather paintings were originally done by artist Jamie Homeister. She posted them here on Boredpanda 2 years ago and they are almost identical in style and subject. Not saying anyone can't paint on feathers as well, but this certainly not her original idea or style : (

Community Member
5 years ago

As I said to the other commenter, she gave me feathers and encouraged me to paint years ago. It is not her original style or idea, as plenty of other artists do feather painting, as well as her and my painting styles are very different.

Load More Replies...
Mark Chasteen
Community Member
5 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Totally biting the work of Jamie Homeister, imo.

Community Member
5 years ago

She is who gave me my first feathers to get started painting them, and inspired and encouraged me to have a go with it.

Load More Replies...
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