Here’s the final painting and some close-ups. Visit http://www.neeluswatercolors.wordpress.com for a higher resolution image.
For my poor humming birds, I wet the birds, stroked the ripped paper in gently to pat down the paper fibres and applied the colors. I mixed silver with pinks, magentas, violets, pthalo blue and gold with indian yellow, yellow green, sap green for the birds. I particularly liked the gold and yellow green combination. Looks very natural. I dabbed some of it on to the lighter coloured leaves as well… what can I say, I am becoming a glitter girl.