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Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Alcohol Ink Hummer

Today's painting, My Little Hummer was done with alcohol inks on Yupo paper, a new fav of mine.  
I finally got back to my animals art class that I am taking through Karen Walker.  
I basically used 2 colors, we'll kinda.  Purple and green: Twilight Purple and about 3 or 4 different greens and a touch of butterscotch.  Ok, so I guess that's three.
I first drew my hummingbird out on a piece of computer paper, which is my preferred paper for drawing.  I then scribbled on the back of the drawing so I could trace it onto the Yupo paper.  
  This is where the fun begins, I started pouring on the inks starting with the purple.  I really used a lot of ink and I let it lay flat most of the time, taking a brush to fill in the white spots.  I also used a little blending solution In the upper left quadrant, and held the paper up for a very short time.  Most of it was done wet on wet, except for the flowers in the upper right, and some extra green on the bird's back.  Using my paintbrush to lift, blend and add color, a cotton ball with a little blending solution and cotton swabs to lighten areas and add flowers and a bit of Spectrum Noir markers under his chin.  
With a little blending solution on my tiny brush, I traced over my drawing to lift the color and bring out the humming bird.  From there I blended the lines, lifted color, added color and this is what I came up with. 
Reference photo by Michael D. Utin from 

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Joann Wheeler said...

It's a hum dinger...I love it.

Brenda Thour said...

Thank you Joann Wheeler.