Hummingbird and Orchids

Inspired by the beautiful hummingbirds that have been featured by some of my blog-friends recently, I created this hummingbird and pretty orchid page for the Flora and Fauna challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey this month.

I’ve been overwhelmed with the participation and support shown for my theme over at Art Journal Journey, thank you! There is still time to join in the fun this month and I hope to see you there!

I started by painting the page with Liquitex Acrylic paints; the colours I used were Christmas Green, Cadmium Yellow and Parchment. Once the paint had dried, I added some gold acrylic paint and splattered the page with black and white acrylic paints using a paintbrush. Then I covered the page with some Pébéo white gesso using a baby wipe and also my finger to tone down the colours so the images I added next stood out more. The orchids are fussy cut from a napkin and stuck to the page using Liquitex matte gel medium, once the gel medium had dried I outlined and doodled on them using a black UniPin marker and a white Uniball gel pen to add more definition and detail; this took quite a while as there are so many of them (grin!). The hummingbird and pink flower buds are rub-on transfers from Royal & Langnickel which I layered around and onto the orchids. I added a cardstock sticker which says “Fly Free” and I finished the page by adding some pretty green sequin flowers, using Glossy Accents, to add some sparkle.

Over at Moo Mania and More the theme is Even More Flowers! so I’m pleased to join this challenge too, with the pretty orchids that I included on my page.

We visited a garden centre recently and I was mesmerised by these pretty orchids which are similar to the ones on my page, aren’t they stunning!

We often visit the café at this garden centre and here we are having my favourite – a pot of green tea with a bacon butty/sandwich (grin!). So I’m joining the T Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday and wishing you all a Happy T Day!

We have some lovely garden centres in our area which have the most beautiful displays – I love this majestic looking stag and large turquoise pottery urn surrounded by all the delicate hydrangeas!

I’m glad this huge snail isn’t real as it would swallow up my garden in one bite (grin!).

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Artist Color Acrylic (Christmas Green, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Parchment)
  • Colvin & Co Artist’s Acrylic (White)
  • Poundland Metallic Paint (Gold)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Uniball Signo gel pen (White)
  • The New York Botanical Gardens Napkin
  • Royal & Langnickel Rub-on Sentiments (TIP1642G)
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Cardstock Stickers (Fresh Verse PD-140)
  • Poundland (Assorted Sequins)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

48 thoughts on “Hummingbird and Orchids

    • Thank you Astrid! I’m a bit late catching up with everyone’s comments this week as it’s been so nice that we have been out in the garden and walking most days …lol 😉. I hope you had a lovely week too! J 😊 x

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  1. Oh wow Jo , you just performed magic on this fantastic page with the background and the napkin orchids and the rub-on transfers! You added so much definition and perfect details to the page. The green sequin flowers are a perfect sparkling touch! I am amazed about your beautiful page and I am extra amazed about your hosting . It is WONDERFUL how much inspiration you share!! Thank you so much – also for supporting and linking to Moo Mania & More – you really make me HAPPY!
    This orchids with the dots are beautiful and this garden center really seems to be a place to enjoy. What a giant snail ….and even a café is there ! Just super! Our gardening shops are not that big … but it’s always a pleasure to visit one. Thank you for taking me with you to this great garden center chairwise. Happy T-Day Jo!
    Hugs, Susi

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    • Thanks so much! I’m a bit behind on my comments this week as it’s been nice and sunny here, so I’ve been visiting family, gardening and plant shopping …lol 😉. I hope you have had a lovely week and T Day too my friend! J 😊 x

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  2. Your use of the napkin is out of this world. I can’t seem to get my napkins down as well as you do yours. The entire entry is amazing, magical, and filled with charm. I like how you placed the hummingbird. It shows great composition. Your art has truly made a difference this month at Art Journal Journey, dear Jo.

    I thought I had already published this comment when I got called away to answer a call. However, I later discovered I had only begun to share my thoughts.

    Your Garden Centers are SO much nicer than anything we have. The sculptures, the details, and of course, the flowers are stunning.

    It was nice you took us with you to the Garden Center for lunch and tea, too. I’ll have one of those bacon sandwiches and I’ll even have a spot of tea, too. Thanks for sharing the beautiful AJJ entry, the Garden Center, and your tea and sandwich with us for T this almost Tuesday.

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  3. Wow Jo this looks a gorgeous page. The bird is so beautiful and does look like it is hovering on your page. The fussy cut orchids look lovely as well and are so similar to the plant in the garden center.
    I wouldn’t like that snail sculpture in my garden, it looks huge, however the stag looks awesome but, I think he would need a much larger garden than mine.
    I can almost smell the aroma of the bacon, your sandwich looked delicious.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  4. I love hummingbirds, Jo, and I love your hummingbird page! Your bacon butty/sandwich looks delicious. We’re having leftover lasagna for dinner – sigh.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  5. That is gorgeous page Jo. I love hummingbirds and they love flowers. It was a nice visit to your garden center. They are dangerous places for me at this time of year. 🙂 But I have never heard of a bacon butty sandwich. Is it just bacon or does it have anything with it? Hope you have a fabulous T day Jo. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks very much! A bacon butty is a sandwich which is filled with “back bacon” rather than “streaky bacon” and the bacon is served hot, I always ask for the bacon to be crispy/well done. The bread is often buttered (I prefer no butter …lol 😉) and you normally have ketchup or brown sauce in the sandwich too (either of these sauces or none of these works for me …lol 😁). Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

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  6. Oh Wow Jo, your hummingbird page is just stunning! I love it very much. Such pretty flowers in your post too-and your bacon sandwich looks delicious. Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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  7. Your hummingbird page is pure magic Jo!! I love these birds so, and they are definitely a totem of mine:) Enjoyed your garden visit – and yes, good thing that snail wasn’t real:):) Happy T day!

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  8. Jo spectacular photos! Your ArtJournl page is stunning. Those rub ons are amazing. I’ve never used them but i may need to look for some now.lol I’m up early on baby watch… Watching for fawns just before dawn is a good time to see them AND my daughter is in the hospital having her first baby…I don’t get to talk about her on the blog but technically i’m not on the blog now am i ..? Lol Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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    • Thanks very much Deb! I used to have quite a supply of rub-on transfers but the shop I got them from has recently closed down, so I’ll need to source somewhere else …lol 😉. How exciting, enjoy your baby watch and wishing you well! Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

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  9. Your hummingbird page is so pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever seen spotted orchids before. So pretty. It’s too bad I just finished breakfast, your bacon butty sandwich looks sooooooooo good. I’m thinking the stag would make a wonderful addition to my Zensical garden. Happy T Day!

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    • Thanks a lot! The spotted orchids are amazing and happily reminded me of the napkin so I got creative 😁. Wow, your garden will be quite spectacular with the little elephant, metal flowers and stay …lol 😉. Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

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    • Thank you Chris! The garden centre is in Lancashire, it’s called Barton Grange and has won the Best Destination Garden Centre for the last 5 years, it’s such a lovely place to visit 😁. Sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

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  10. A truly stunning page! I love hummingbirds and flowers…love the sparkly bits too…that is an amazing stag statue…beautiful photos! aren’t garden centers inspiring? but then I remember I have a ‘black thumb’ and rarely can keep things alive. lol! happy T day!

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  11. ºWhat a beautiful page! That must have been a lot of work to cut those orchids out. Well done you. Indeed they are like the real orchid in the photo.
    My mouth is watering seeing your bacon butty! We have one every now and then when we can lay our hands on a bit of bacon. (gold dust here. The nearest place to get bacon is the ex-pat shop on the coast 2 hours away)
    I love British garden centres. They often have a craft shop and a gift shop and many other things. I love seeing all the displays. Around Christmas time we used to go and see all the beautiful displays with all the lights etc.
    Boy, that is a large snail! I don’t think I’d like that in my garden… but then, it might frighten away all the other snails! And that would be good news.
    Happy T-Day,.
    Lisca

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  12. Hi! I am back! :). That sandwich looks delicious. I think I am hungry now! I am with you, that stag is so majestic looking. Your hummingbird orchid page is gorgeous! Thanks for a lovely post!

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  13. Hi Jo, I love your beautiful page! the fussy cut orchids are the perfect touch. What beautiful displays. And the buttery toast with bacon and tea sound yummy! I love bacon, although i like it crispy so it melts in my mouth.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  14. Your pretty orchid page is just wonderful! I love how you drew the outlines and details of the napkin to make more contrast! The background fits perfect and this hummingbird is really a beauty!
    Amazing photos too – and oh my, fortunately this snail is not real!
    Wish you a happy day! Rike xx

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  15. This is a beautiful page Jo! It’s so nice you describe everything. I’m a little bit late with my comment because I have been away for a few days. Love, Lenie

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  16. Your page is absolutely stunnig Jo – gorgeous colours and beautiful hummingbird – I love it all.
    Loving seeing your photos of flowers and garden ornaments – what with it being Chelsea flower show week too I seem to have been obsessed this week looking at flowers and ornaments and really wanting now to get some ‘Powertex’ and make something for my garden 🙂
    Gill xx

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    • Thanks very much! It’s very tempting this time of year with all the wonderful flowers and garden ornaments around …lol 😉. Can’t wait to see what you make for your garden, I bet it will be amazing ! Happy weekend! J 😊 x

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