Bird of Paradise

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.


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.

Bird of Paradise

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.

Bird of Paradise

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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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Bird of Paradise

  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Deborah! You did an amazing job of capturing the fragility of the flower! You will be in my thoughts as you work with your parents. Decluttering years and years of “stuff” is a job, for sure!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Buffy. Both about my painting, and the ‘work’ coming up with helping my parents downsize! 🙂 I appreciate it.

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