Of all the techniques I like to use, decoupage would have to be the one I like the most. It takes weeks to finish and everything about it is hard on the hands, but I like being able to use something as temporary as paper and make something much more long-lasting. It also appeals to the hoarder in me, and its hard to use that special image.....that last scrap of precious something.....until its gone, and then I just have to hope I like the way I used it.
This is one of the eggs I finished (there are quite a few awaiting yet another coat of varnish) and its an example of using feathers as decoration. I think I still have the callouses from cutting these ones out.
The base egg shape is a cardboard one, painted gold and overlaid with paper feathers. The varnish is oil-based so that it gets deeper with age, and makes the gold glow. Here's another side of the same egg, with the eye of a peacock feather as the central image.
Its hard to display eggs, and I don't like them sitting up like trophies, so it usually lives in a bowl with a collection of others, not sitting on the mantelpiece in a napkin ring like it is here.
Trip over to Opus Gluei and see what other ways to use the feather image in your work....its out latest challenge. Please join in.