When I was a florist, I loved it when I got to work with tropical flowers and greens. The gorgeous colours and textures, plus the sizes. They were always such fun to work with. So when I saw a beautiful picture of a Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) in a photos for artist group, I had to give it a try.
ALCOHOL INK BIRD OF PARADISE
It’s been a while since I used my alcohol inks. I thought they’d be perfect with their saturated colours for this beautiful flower. After tracing the outline onto an 8″ x 10″ piece of Yupo, I pulled out my inks and got to painting.
Yes, this brings back memories! For the most part, the Bird of Paradise is a very heavy, firmly constructed flower. The exception is the very inside petal and the blue one that points out front; they’re quite fragile.
I like using my Tim Holtz alcohol ink palette for my inks. I need to buy another one, though, as I have too many inks for only 1 palette! Once you’ve added ink into a palette well, you can allow it to dry. To use the ink after it’s dry, just add a drop of blending solution, or isopropyl alcohol to make it liquid again.
The colours I chose to use are Botanical, Meadow, Sunset Orange, Valencia, Dandelion, Sunshine Yellow, Red Pepper and Denim.
Here’s another look, from a different angle.
It’s been difficult to find time to create lately, as I’ve been helping my parents find a suitable retirement home. Now that part is accomplished, so now it’s time for lawyers, realtors, paperwork, and most of all – sorting through their 5 bedroom house worth of belongings!! We’re going to do what we can, but I’m definitely recommending that we hire a service that provides help with downsizing/decluttering, as well as doing the packing & moving. This saga will be ongoing for a couple of months, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing about this again from me! (I’ll try to not complain too much).
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