How to Simply... paint a ringneck parakeet

Jennie Wickings, artist and illustrator, finds all her inspiration in animals and nature. In this tutorial you will learn how to paint a ringneck parakeet with watercolours! Parakeets are small to medium-sized species of parrots.

Step 1

Find a model

Look outside or look online to find a model of a ringneck parakeet. To colour your parakeet, find inspiration by simply looking at flowers around you.

Step 2

Gather your paints and tools

Select your paints and place little blobs of them on your white mixing palette. Tear off a square of watercolour paper for trials. Gather your watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. You will also need sketching pencils and a glass of water. 

Tip: in this tutorial Jennie uses acrylic brushes as she preferred the stiffness of them - you can easily identify them as they have an orange handle, Simply watercolour brushes have a blue handle. Simply acrylic brushes can be used as mixed media brushes and used with watercolours. The main difference with Simply watercolour brush is that they will hold less water and be stiffer. 

Step 3

Draw the outline

Draw the outline of your parakeet and start to paint the beak and then the feathers. Mainly use greens and yellow.

Tip: apply water on the paper and it will mix the colours together on the paper directly!

Step 4

Paint the eye

With a fine detail brush and a little bit of black watercolour, paint the eye of your parakeet.

Tip: for very delicate details, add much less water: dip your brush in the water and wipe off excess water before applying paint. 

Step 5

Add to the feathers

Add some blue to the feathers.

Step 6

Define the wings

Define the wings with darker green.

Step 7

Paint the feet

With the fine detail brush and a little bit of brown, paint the feet of the parakeet. As well as the branch on which it stands.

Step 8

Highlight some outlines

For the finishing touches, you can highlight some outlines of the parakeet with a fine detail brush and a little bit of black.

Simply Watercolour

Daler-Rowney Simply Watercolour is a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with the watercolour technique. The colours wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water to create washes and offer great value for money.


Simply Watercolour Brushes

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Simply Watercolour Paper

Daler-Rowney Simply Watercolour Paper has a medium grain textured surface, perfect for the application of watercolour and gouache, as well as for drawing and ink techniques. It is perfect for hobbyists willing to experiment watercolour paintings.


Simply Sketching Pencils

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Simply Acrylic Brushes

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic brushes are made with golden Taklon that is a synthetic material formulated to exhibit the qualities of the finest hair brushes.