DIY Hummingbird Artwork

Posted by Meghan Quinones

When I was planning my Stencil1 Hummingbird project I knew I wanted to reuse a canvas that, for some reason, had a random splash of paint on it. I also wanted to somehow incorporate embossing powder since it had been quite some time since I had used this magical powder. Well, my dream of using embossing powder quickly became shattered when I went to use my embossing ink. I found out my ink pad was completely dry. Ugh! This is when my project spiraled out of control, but in a good way!

Once I was able to overcome the fact that embossing was not in my project's future (thank you dried out ink pad) I allowed my brain to find inspiration elsewhere. I was initially going to add two birds to my canvas, but when I went to add them, it looked like it was missing something. I rummaged through our stencil stash and found a few flower stencils. My idea was to incorporate a flower into my artwork and have my hummingbird flying towards the flower like it was about to suck up some sweet nectar (you know, what hummingbirds usually do in the wild). I was having a hard time making my mind up (per usual) on which floral stencil to use, until I finally committed to a large dahlia stencil. After I stenciled my flower, I added my hummingbird as the final touch. I still have one more bird I did not use, which means this hummingbird will most likely find its way into another project!

Would you have stuck with just the two hummingbirds, or do you like the addition of the dahlia flower to the canvas?

Here's what you'll need:

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic Paint (Black, White, and Pink)
  • Stencil1 Hummingbird Stencil
  • Heat Gun
  • Embossing Ink and Embossing Powder
  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Scrapbook Paper (I use a floral pattern)
  • Scissors
  • Flower Stencil

Let's get crafty!

Paint your canvas with your black paint. I did 3 coats so I could completely cover the blue mark on my canvas.

While my canvas was drying I traced my hummingbird stencil on my floral paper. I traced the head and body so I knew where to cut out my hummingbird.

Then, I put a layer of Mod Podge over the wings and tail of my bird.

I poured a generous amount of glitter over my Mod Podge. Then, I tapped off the excess and removed my stencil. Once my Mod Podge was dry, I cut out my bird.

I erased all of the pencil marks on my bird.

I used my white paint to add little lines all over my canvas.

I stenciled my flower onto my canvas with my pink paint. I did two coats of paint.

I put a layer of Mod Podge behind my bird and glued it to the top right side of my canvas. And there you have it, a little hummingbird artwork for your wall!