10#worldwatercolormonth- hummingbird trend brusho alternative experiment

For today’s world watercolour month post I decided to follow the trend of late, many blogger friends have painted the most beautiful hummingbirds, for the monthly celebrated draw a bird day, hosted by Laura at create art every day. Now as I missed the day, I decided to step outside the box whilst still following the trend. I have been privaledged to have seen one of these a few years back, on this brief encounter I was so struck by its beauty, and rarity ( you see we don’t get hummingbirds in the uk) that I chased it down the road, assuming someone had lost a prized bird from their collection . Although I have never known anyone to own such a wonderful bird as a pet, what other explanation could there be? Well it disappeared from site, so I went back to my gardening, rushed to tidy away, and get on the Internet, to see firstly if anyone could be missing their bird, or to find that hummingbirds had made it to the uk?? A highly unlikely scenario. Well none of the above situations were found to be true, but what I found was that my sighting was of one of natures imposters, the hummingbird hawk moth, it was amazing, it made my day, and I have never seen one since.

I stepped outside the box twice with this one, as I decided to use my brusho…..um we’ll sort of, you see, although I have a set of brusho ( if you have not heard of or tried it, it is a powder sort of watercolour, in little shaker pots, you can sprinkle and spritz with water, and watch the amazing colours develop or mix with water first and paint as normal). If you have never used brusho before, this is your chance to try something so damn similar, and easy to obtain, you may even have some in the cupboard . I used dylon, clothes dye. It works the same as my brusho, yippee, for once an experiment works.

So this post is all about imposters, just a moth and clothes dye    ( oh and a little watercolour as I did not have a very dark shade, or a white in dylon).


Hummingbird hawk moth, using dylon dye to paint with, like brusho A4 140 lb cold press


About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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25 Responses to 10#worldwatercolormonth- hummingbird trend brusho alternative experiment

  1. Brilliant, Rebecca! Beautifully done, and now I just may have to try Brusho or dylon! So glad it worked! 😀

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  2. Jodi says:

    How brilliant and creative are you Rebecca!!!!! Woohoo!

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  3. Jacob says:

    Fascinating results Rebecca, and an equally fascinating creature – I had no idea! Great stuff!

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    • Apparently there have been many sightings this year in the uk, so you never know, if you see an escaped hummingbird this summer, take a closer look…..when it is hovering fast over a flower, it really does look and sound more bird like, photos do not show its true imposter talent, check out YouTube if you get chance 😀


  4. Snehal Kank says:

    This is totally new for me 😍 well done friend 👌🏼

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  5. Susan Feniak says:

    A lucky sighting! Beautifully painted.

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  6. Wow! This is awesome!! What a wild looking creature. Beautifully painted! 😍

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  7. Gorgeous moth and a great story :-). And very interesting that you used clothes dye (it looks great!). I’ve never seen a hummingbird hawk moth but I will look it up on YouTube.

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  9. I love the idea of something very creative! Well done! 🙂

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  10. I have seen one of these moths myself and they are quite wonderful. You have captured it beautifully

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