I have previously stated that you can spray paint anything that will hold still long enough.
That is not entirely accurate.
First of all, if you do try to spray paint feathers, they actually don’t hold still long enough. You have to spray in short bursts directly down onto them in order to keep them from blowing away.
I was given this big bag of multi-colored feathers that I had no use for. However, with Fall and Halloween almost here (!!) my mind is going a thousand miles a minute. (I am even waking up at night with ideas. Does that happen to anyone else? Please say yes.) Anyhow, I saw no reason to buy black feathers when I was pretty sure I could just paint these.
In addition to the blowing around issues, these feathers are some sort of synthetic material. Do you know what happens when you spray paint them? The “feathers” melt and stick together. Oil-Spill Covered Bird were not the feathered look I was going for.
OK. Plan B: Tie Dye.
I had such a great experience with the color and coverage of the Tulip Tie Dyes when I used them to dye this basket, that I thought they would be great for the feathers. I figured I would just soak them in the dye.
Synthetic fibers. Apparently they actually repel the dye. I had been planning to mix several dye colors together to get the dark, blackish color I wanted. Once I saw the red dye just beading up on the feathers, I gave up. In fact, the only thing that picked up any color on the project were my fingers when my gloves tore.
Plan C was going to be watering down black acrylic paint and trying to paint them that way.
I’ve decided it would be less frustrating and expensive to just go buy the stupid black feathers.