Thanksgiving Place Setting Watercolor Tutorial

Watercolor turkey Thanksgiving place setting

Thanksgiving place settings don't always have to be simple cards. This watercolor turkey tutorial is a great way to get extra creative this Thanksgiving. Create a Thanksgiving turkey place setting with a touch of humor using Watercolor Pans.

Recommended Art Materials:

Watercolors in Pans 48ct - #FC169748

Grip 2001 Graphite Pencil

Pitt Artist Pen® Extra Superfine - #199 Black - #FC567099


Watercolor paper

 Graphite turkey sketch

I made a light pencil sketch of a turkey using my Grip 2001 Graphite Pencil.

 Watercolor Pan and water brush

I started by coloring the turkey’s tail feathers with a mix of red and brown watercolor paints. 

Watercolor turkey and a watercolor pan with water brush

Next, I added color to the bird’s body with browns, sepia and a touch of red violet.

 Watercolor turkey and a watercolor pan

I added some more layers of paint to bulk up the turkey.

 Watercolor turkey and watercolors pan

Once the base layer of paints dried, I continued to add the details with Pan watercolor paints.

Watercolor turkey and scissors

I cut the turkey out with scissors.

Scissors and a Pitt Aritst Pen

I cut a speech bubble out of scrap watercolor paper and wrote a note on it for my daughter who is vegan.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and would add some personal touches to your Thanksgiving table or décor with Watercolors in Pans or other favorite Faber-Castell tools!

Artist Biography - Mou Saha


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