Contributors to this thread:
Decoy painting project with the kids
With a few weeks still to wait for any turkey hunting in my home state of IL, I decided to get the kids into the action a little early on a painting project.
Out of the box, it seemed the decoy paint quality was a little... meh.
With a little help from the twins, some cheap paint from Hobby Lobby and a leap of faith, here is the finished product.
If anyone cares to read further, here are some pics of the process.
The paint I used was metallic acrylic (folk art brand) I used antique copper, pure gold, amethyst, peridot, and metallic black.
For any of the feather areas we were going to paint, I put a base coat of metallic black down with a medium fan brush. Since I'm horribly colorblind, I turned it over to the kiddos to add the color based on pictures of real turkeys we looked at on the tablet.
To add some texture to the fluffed feathers on the back of the turkey where it is sometimes flocked, I used a piece of this fabric. I have no idea what it's called, it came as a liner from some fancy tea I bought while in China. I painted it black with some plastic paint and trimmed to fit the back of the decoy.
Great job guys!great idea for family project.Good luck on your Turkey season Ridge Wraith.
I applied this fabric to the decoy using some 3M VHB tape.
A few more pics of the finished product.
A better view of the textured back.
Looks great. Way to get the boys involved . Hunt
A close up of the back. I think it turned out pretty well. The material on the back shines a little from the front view and is dull from the back due to the grain of the fabric. I think this might add an additional touch of realism over the flocking which looks dull when viewed from all angles.
I have never even contemplated doing this. Of course, I don't use decoy's either. But, they did great! Awesome job of getting the kiddo's involved.
God Bless men
Very nice! The boys did a great job.
Looks great, looks like the boys had a good time. Forrest
Thanks for all of the positive commments. We had fun doing it and can't wait to get a bird into the decoy.
I guess I forgot to mention the obvious that I used a black fine tip Sharpie to put the black tips back onto each feather after the kids painted them.
I also added some trimmings from a used black plastic broom to enrich the look of the cheesy spinnerbait skirt beard. I'll finish it off with some clearcoat before the season starts.
Looking forward to the "Hero" shots from the group!
Good luck, stay safe, & be sure & posts some pics from your hunt!
That is pretty cool and took a lot of guts to let the youngsters loose on your expensive decoy LOL !
Thanks Timbrhuntr. Actually the project wasn't all that expensive. $49 for the decoy, $6 for the paint, and free child labor!
I have been known to do some crazy painting projects around the house though :)
Maybe some day I'll learn to just leave well enough alone, but what's the fun in that?
I had neighbors standing in the drive way giving me the "WTH?" like the scene in Field of Dreams when Ray plows under his corn to build a baseball field.
I had the chance to give the new deke a try this morning. Without a tag, I could only shoot em with the Nikon. Brought this big Tom in first thing off the roost.
He never made it into attack mode. This raccoon and he converged on the jake decoy at the same time making things a little too tense for the gobbler to continue his approach. He turned away at 12 yards.