1. Using small brushes and opaque acrylic paints, create designs on the plume of the feather. Both sides of the feather may be painted. Allow the paint to dry.
2. Glue a metal nib to the lower part of the feather's barrel. Position the nib so the end of the feather is in the curved portion of the nib and not interfering with the nib’s point.
3. Wrap thread, hemp cord, or colorful wire tightly around the nib and barrel of the feather to secure the point and to provide a place to grip the pen.
4. Dip just the point of the pen into the ink and enjoy writing or drawing. Use a wet paper towel to clean the nib after each use, then wipe it dry with a towel.