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Decoy Designs

PAINTING INSTRUCTIONS

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Painting Tips

It is recommended to use a primer that is specific for use on plastic surfaces, on the decoy heads before following the topcoat color design schemes. Even if a paint is listed as a paint + primer, many times it are not designed for direct-to-plastic surfaces. Follow the instructions of the paint you plan to use. In the past, Fowl Foolers has used Sherwin-Williams Duracraft. The difficulty of using Duracraft for a small amount of heads is that it is only sold in gallons. Sherwin-Williams does offer another exterior paint called Resilience and All Surface Enamel in quarts, both available in water-based latex options. However, even a quart is sometimes too much paint and can get expensive quick if you are in need of 5+ colors. For this reason, we have heard customers having success with getting 8oz color sample containers at Home Depot. Although color sample paints are typically not high quality, if used in conjunction with a bonding or etching primer for use on plastic, we have heard successful results can be achieved. It is of course Fowl Foolers goal to ensure all decoy builders have the tools necessary to complete their decoy designs and more importantly enjoy using them on the water. If you have any further questions regarding painting, please reach out to us at info@fowlfoolers.com, and we would be happy to provide more guidance/suggestions.   

 

Regarding the decoy bodies, if using Fowl Foolers adhesive and burlap, due to how porous the material is, topcoat paint sticks great even without a primer. If using a different adhesive, check to ensure paint can stick to the adhesive after drying. Some adhesives are designed so that nothing sticks to them like mold/mildew, etc so paint may have a difficult time adhering.

Fowl Foolers Paint Colors

Fowl Foolers Colors
Sherwin-Williams Color Code/Name
Home Depot Color Codes/Names
PURPLE
6825 - Ismir Purple
M560-7 - Muscat Grape
PINK
6860 - Eros Pink
P140-5 - Lovebirds
ORANGE
6355 - Truepenny
PPU3-01 - Moroccan Sky
GOLD
6677 - Goldenrod
PPG1209-5 Yellow Coneflower
MAROON
2801 - Roodwood Dark Red
PPU1-02 - Divine Wine
RED
6328 - Fireweed
PPU2-02 - Red Pepper
BLUE
6528 - Cosmos
M530-3 - Perennial Blue
BRIGHT GREEN
6924 - Direct Green
P390-7 - Park Picnic
DARK GREEN
2846 - Roycroft Bronze Green
PPG1009-6 - Armory
LIGHT GREEN
6193 - Privilege Green
PPG1129-6 - Lottery Winnings
LIME
6918 - Humorous Green
P330-7 Luscious Lime
DARK BROWN
6069 - French Roast
N160-7 Brown Velvet
LIGHT BROWN
6061 - Tanbark
N150-5 - French Truffle
TAN
6129 - Restrained Gold
S300-4 Flax Straw
TAUPE
7038 - Tony Taupe
PPG1021-4 - Diversion
GRAY
7018 - Dovetail
PPG1007-5 - Lazy Afternoon
WHITE
7006 - Extra White
52U - White
BLACK
6258 - Tricorn Black
Black

Sea Duck - Eider

 
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Eider Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint semi-circles on each side and back BLACK


Eider Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head WHITE
     2. Paint entire beak GOLD
let dry
     
3. Paint a horizontal dash over each eye BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal dash under each black dash TAN
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Eider Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Stipple entire body BLACK, dark on the lower sides

Eider Hen Head Painting Steps:
 
    1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Stipple entire head BLACK, darker on the mohawk
     4. Insert Amber Eyes

Sea Duck - Old Squaw

 
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Old Squaw Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     
2. Paint front BLACK
     3. Paint three long lines across the top BLACK
let dry
     4. Paint thin dashes on the top rear WHITE


Old Squaw Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head WHITE
let dry
     
2. Paint a circle around each eye TAUPE
     3. Paint entire beak BLACK
let dry
     4. Paint a smaller circle behind each eye BLACK
     5. Paint front of beak PINK, leaving the tip black
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

Old Squaw Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     
2. Paint front and lower sides WHITE

Old Squaw Hen Head Painting Steps:
 
    1. Paint entire head WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint mohawk TAUPE
     3. Paint a dash under each eye BLACK
     4. Paint entire beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Sea Duck - Scoter

 
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Scoter Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body BLACK
let dry
     
2. Paint triangular mark on each back side WHITE


Scoter Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head and beak BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint a horizontal teardrop around each eye WHITE
     3. Insert Amber Eyes

Scoter Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint triangular mark on each middle side WHITE

Scoter Hen Head Painting Steps:
 
    1. Paint entire head and beak BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint dot on each side of beak behind each eye WHITE
     3. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Black Duck

 
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Black Duck Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint feathers on the top rear TAUPE


Black Duck Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak LIME
let dry
     3. Paint mohawk BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal dash over each eye BLACK
     5. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

Black Duck Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint feathers on the top rear TAUPE

Black Duck Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak LIGHT GREEN
let dry
     
3. Paint mohawk BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal dash over each eye BLACK
     5. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Blue Wing Teal

 
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Blue Wing Teal Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAN
let dry
     2. Paint fade top and back BLACK
     3. Paint dots on side and front BLACK
let dry
     4. Stipple over the black dots LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     5. Paint a vertical dash on each side WHITE
     6. Paint a horizontal dash on each side BLUE 


Blue Wing Teal Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint a vertical dash in front of each eye WHITE
     3. Insert Amber Eyes

 

Blue Wing Teal Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint top and top of sides LIGHT BROWN
let dry
      3. Paint feathers on rear top TAUPE
     4. Paint a horizontal dash on each side BLUE

Blue Wing Teal Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint a mohawk BLACK
     3. Paint a horizontal dash over each eye BLACK
     4. Insert Amber Eyes 

Puddleduck - Gadwall

 
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Gadwall Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body GRAY
let dry
     2. Paint back BLACK
     3. Stipple top and sides DARK BROWN
     4. Stipple front BLACK
let dry
     5. Stipple front and bottom sides WHITE
     6. Paint a horizontal dash on each side WHITE


Gadwall Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
let dry
     2. Stipple entire head DARK BROWN
let dry
     3. Stipple entire head BLACK
     4. Paint entire beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

 

Gadwall Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint feathers on rear top DARK BROWN
     3. Stipple front DARK BROWN
     4. Paint a horizontal dash on each side WHITE

Gadwall Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
let dry
     2. Stipple entire head BLACK, darker on the mohawk
let dry
     3. Paint a horizontal dash across each eye BLACK
     4. Paint entire beak ORANGE
let dry
     5. Paint top of beak BLACK
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Green Wing Teal

 
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Green Wing Teal Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint back BLACK
     3. Paint a horizontal dash in middle of each side BLACK
     4. Paint front TAN
let dry
     5. Paint a horizontal dash in back of each side WHITE
     6. Paint dots over the tan on front BLACK


Green Wing Teal Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head RED
     2. Paint entire beak BLACK
let dry
     3. Paint a horizontal teardrop mark around each eye DARK GREEN
let dry
     4. Outline the horizontal teardrop mark TAN
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

 

Green Wing Teal Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint front TAUPE
     3. Paint feathers on rear top TAUPE
     4. Paint a horizontal dash on each side LIGHT GREEN

Green Wing Teal Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint a mohawk BLACK
     3. Paint entire beak BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal dash over each eye BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Mallard

 
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Mallard Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint back, top, and sides BLACK
let dry
     3. Paint a horizontal line across the back WHITE
     4. Paint a triangular dash on bottom of each side WHITE
     5. Paint front RED


Mallard Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head DARK GREEN
     2. Paint entire beak GOLD
let dry
     3. Paint mohawk BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal line on bottom front of head WHITE
     5. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

 

Mallard Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint top LIGHT BROWN
     3. Paint a horizontal line across the back WHITE
     4. Paint feathers on the top rear TAUPE

Mallard Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak ORANGE
let dry
     3. Paint mohawk BLACK
     4. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Pintail

 
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Pintail Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint front WHITE
     3. Paint back and rear top BLACK
     4. Paint a horizontal teardrop mark on the middle of                 each side BLACK
let dry
     5. Paint feather lines on the rear top WHITE
     6. Paint a vertical line on the middle bottom of each                 side WHITE

Pintail Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head DARK BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint a vertical line on each side WHITE
     3. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry 
     4. Paint a strip on top of beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

 

Pintail Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint top LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     3. Paint feathers on the rear top TAUPE
     4. Paint a horizontal line across the back WHITE

Pintail Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint mohawk LIGHT BROWN
     4. Paint strip on top of beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Shoveler

 
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Shoveler Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint top and back BLACK
     3. Paint semi-circles on each side MAROON
let dry
     4. Paint feathers on top WHITE
     5. Stipple over maroon semi-circles WHITE


Shoveler Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head and beak BLACK
let dry
     2. Stipple entire head BRIGHT GREEN
     3. Insert Yellow Eyes

Shoveler Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Stipple entire body TAUPE
     3. Paint top TAUPE
let dry
     4. Paint feathers on rear top DARK BROWN

Shoveler Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak ORANGE
let dry
     3. Stipple entire head LIGHT BROWN
     4. Paint stripe on top and side of beak BLACK
     5. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Widgeon

 
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Widgeon Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body GRAY
let dry
     2. Paint back and rear top BLACK
let dry
     3. Paint a horizontal dash on each middle side WHITE
     4. Paint a vertical dash on each bottom side WHITE
     5. Paint thin lines on the top rear WHITE


Widgeon Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head GRAY
let dry
     2. Paint mohawk WHITE
     3. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     4. Paint teardrop mark around each eye BRIGHT GREEN
     5. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     6. Insert Amber Eyes

Widgeon Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint back and top LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     3. Add a horizontal dash on each side WHITE
     4. Paint feathers on rear top TAUPE

Widgeon Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head GRAY
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     4. Insert Amber Eyes

Puddleduck - Wood Duck

 
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Wood Duck Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint feathes on each side TAN
     3. Paint front RED
let dry
     4. Paint outlines around tan feathers WHITE
     5. Paint vertical line on each side front WHITE
     6. Paint dots over red front WHITE
     7. Paint feathers on top BLUE


Wood Duck Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head DARK GREEN
     2. Paint entire beak RED
let dry
     3. Paint collar around bottom of head that extends into             lines on either side WHITE
     4. Paint thin horizontal lines on each side near top of                 head WHITE
     5. Paint dash on top of beak where it connects to head             GOLD
     6. Paint dash on each side of beak running lengthwise               WHITE
     7. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     8. Insert Red Eyes

Wood Duck Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint front TAUPE
     3. Paint top rear BLACK
let dry
     4. Paint feathers on top BLUE

Wood Duck Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint teardrop mark around each eye WHITE
     3. Paint entire beak BLACK
     4. Insert Red Eyes

Diver Duck - Bluebill

 
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Bluebill Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint front and back BLACK
     3. Stipple top BLACK


Bluebill Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head BLACK
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     4. Insert Yellow Eyes

Bluebill Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint fade semi-circles on each bottom side TAUPE

Bluebill Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head LIGHT BROWN
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint collar around start of beak WHITE
     4. Paint tip of beak BLACK
     5. Insert Yellow Eyes

Diver Duck - Redhead

 
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Redhead Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint front and back BLACK
     3. Stipple top and sides BLACK


Redhead Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head RED
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint tip of beak BLACK
let dry
     4. Paint collar around black beak tip WHITE
     5. Insert Yellow Eyes

Redhead Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint lower part of each side TAUPE

Redhead Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head LIGHT BROWN
     2. Paint entire beak BLUE
let dry
     3. Paint tip of beak BLACK
let dry
     4. Paint collar around black beak tip WHITE
     5. Insert Yellow Eyes

Diver Duck - Canvasback

 
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Canvasback Drake Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint front and back BLACK


Canvasback Drake Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head RED
let dry
     2. Paint a mohawk BLACK
     3. Paint entire beak BLACK
     4. Insert Red Eyes

Canvasback Hen Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint front and back DARK BROWN

Canvasback Hen Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head LIGHT BROWN
     2. Paint entire beak BLACK
     3. Insert Red Eyes

Goose - Blue Goose

 
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Blue Goose Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint top rear BLACK
let dry
     3. Paint bottom rear WHITE


Blue Goose Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint bottom of head LIGHT BROWN
     2. Paint top of head WHITE
     3. Paint entire beak RED
     4. Insert Red Eyes

Goose - Brant

 
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Brant Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     2. Paint top of body LIGHT BROWN
     3. Paint vertical dashes on each side LIGHT BROWN
     4. Paint rear top BLACK
     5. Paint front BLACK


Brant Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head and beak BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint collar around top of neck WHITE

Goose - Canadian

 
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Canadian Goose Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body LIGHT BROWN
let dry
     2. Paint back WHITE
     3. Paint front TAUPE
     4. Paint top rear BLACK


Canadian Goose Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head and beak BLACK
let dry
     2. Paint mark on each side and underneath head WHITE
     3. Insert Amber Eyes

Goose - Snow Goose

 
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Snow Goose Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body WHITE
let dry
     
2. Paint feathers on top BLACK


Snow Goose Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head WHITE
     2. Paint entire beak RED
     3. Insert Red Eyes

Goose - Specklebelly

 
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Specklebelly Body Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire body TAUPE
let dry
     2. Paint top of body LIGHT BROWN
     3. Paint top rear of body BLACK
     4. Paint bottom rear WHITE
     5. Paint dots on front BLACK


Specklebelly Head Painting Steps:
     1. Paint entire head TAUPE
     2. Paint entire beak ORANGE
let dry
     3. Paint collar around where the beak connects to the head WHITE
     4. Insert Amber Eyes