Bee-U-tiFul Bird – Part 2

Yesterday, I shared a color pencil drawing of the beautiful Bee-Eater Bird.

Today, I thought it would be fun to create a cut-out of this bird and play with color.

teal paper

I started with 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper.  I chose Golden Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Magenta, Cobalt Turquois, Diarylide Yellow and Transparent Pyrrole Orange to play with on my paper:

acrylic paint on watercolor cold press paper

Like a glass of red wine, it was fun to swirl my paints around with a paint brush and watch the colors blend into each other.  I savored the colors and applied them slowly so they wouldn’t become mud.  I also applied some colors with a palette knife.  I found this process to be quite relaxing.

Next, I added some doodles with a Zig Writer pen.  I am taking Diane Culhane’s class – Doings of a Doodle – so decided to add it here:

Doodle left to right

It looks a bit like a written language, don’t you think?  But they are just doodles drawn left to right, without lifting my pen.

Next, I took a sheet of clear mylar film and laid it over my color pencil drawing of my Bee-Eater Bird.  I used a black marker to outline it and cut out its shape.

bee eater bird on mylar stencil

I then took my “stencil” and laid it over my painted paper.  Since the image was on clear film, I could play with the placement on my paper before cutting out the image.   I wanted to cut out the image so I could play with different background colors:

Mat color papers

It was fun to see which backgrounds made my birds sing and which ones did not.

Raspberry pink paper

lime green

Purple paper

Orange paper

blue paper

teal paper

pink paper

What is your favorite?

HAPPY creating!!

15 responses to “Bee-U-tiFul Bird – Part 2

  1. The teal is my favorite. What a terrific post! I love how you explain every step in the process, and what a gorgeous end result, Jill! Man, I really love this one. You and your birdies most be flyin high tonight!

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  2. I liked the apple green the best. No question in my mind! But, I take it you liked the other green?

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  3. Teal is my fave too but they are all awesome! And I picked teal before seeing the comments but I was going to call it turquoise. Lol.

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  4. Thanks Jodi! Next to the blue mat, it does look a little like turquoise! 😊


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