Paint a quick hummingbird in watercolors {quick & easy!}

Paint a quick hummingbird in watercolors {quick & easy!}


Hi there! Lindsay here, the Frugal
Crafter. Today we’re gonna paint a picture of a hummingbird in watercolor,
but first I want to do the drawing with a marker just to show you, I drew
it already on my watercolor card, but it might be kind of hard to see, so I
thought we would draw it here together first. So we’re going to start off with
the hummingbirds head which is kind of like an oval, and draw with a pencil very
lightly so that you can you can erase your lines and then the body we’re going
to have kind of like a kind of like a ovally kind of lozengy pointy on the
bottom shape, and then the wing got coming back here it’s again like an
ovally lozenge shape, and the bottom one is kind of coming out back like that, got
the beak, and then we’ve got this fan of of tail feathers here, which will
individually be kind of like that. We have so many hummingbirds around our
house. I had several requests to do hummingbirds, and I decided I probably
ought to, that would be a nice quick little project to do. I’m going to fatten up
this one a little bit there and then kind of get the little feathers in, just
like that, there’s kind of a little triangle-y area there, and
then to put a couple flowers here so he can be aiming for something we’ll do
some fuchsia, so we’ll do a few here. I’ll do one up here pretty high, let’s start
with these petals coming here. They’re kind of like a little bell shaped flower.
Maybe put a little bud in here, maybe another one kind of dropping down, keeping the
drawing very loose as you can see, I’m not going to put a background in this
painting but if you want to do a background you’re more than welcome to.
Got these little kind of things sticking out there, and that’s the basis of our
drawing for a hummingbird. Alright so if you need to, pause it, get
that sketched out and then grab your watercolors and we’re going to begin the
painting. I’m going to zoom in a little bit so it’s easier for you to see, there we go and I’m using, so I’m going to be
using some metallic watercolors later, but I’m going to start
off with my regular transparent Yarka watercolors because they’re super bright
and I think I will begin with a round brush.
So first let’s wet the body of the hummingbird. I’m just going to wet not
the beak but the actual head and body area. It’s clear water, okay?
And then I’m going to just drip in some really great colors. I’m going to use a
little bit of uh oh I think I’ll use some like either sap green or hookers
green start that up there whoops I completely went right off the head there, but you know what you can do if that happens? Grab a tissue, see
when you make the mistakes you learn things. And just blot it off I might have
to put a background in there actually now that I made that that error, but I’m
not gonna worry about it get some of that sap green and then I’m actually
going to drag some of that down over here to the wing,
and add some turquoise blue that kind of under the face there. Yeah, I
don’t worry about the mistakes in my watercolor that much tell you the truth,
because I like that kind of spontaneous look. I feel like I want a little purple
in there too just because I feel like it would look really great with those
colors, so I’m going to throw a little bit of that in, and then I’m just going to
kind of with my fairly um, just brush it doesn’t really have that much color left on it.
I’m just going to kind of drag in some very faint muted color and then I’m
going to just add a little bit of that turquoise color right into the tips of
those wings, so that it can kind of just do its thing.
Hummingbirds are really hard to observe. They’re very very fast, so I think
sometimes when you have something like that the more you can just kind of give
the impression, I’m just going in with clear water here on these wings, the more
you can just kind of give the impression of the animal, the more realistic it
looks because nobody’s really staring there at a hunting bird because unless
they fly into your window you’re not going to see them still, they’re going to
be on the move. I think I want to use maybe I’ll take a little of that purple
and use it on the wings. Now I’m not going with this, you know, actual
hummingbird colors as much as I am just kind of playing with my paint
here. So this tutorial might be you know a little bit different, might break you
out of your comfort zone a little bit. I want to make a little bit of a gray so
what I’m gonna do is use that green that I was using and mixed in with some of
that purple look at that, look up my palette made a really nice kind of
grayish black, and I’m just going to go in and add that to some of the wings too,
give it a little bit more of a realistic look there, and we’re gonna need our
credit card scraper. I hope mines handy. A little bit of that in the things down
there too and don’t worry if it gets fuzzy, because like I said before, they’re
really quick birds so you know, not like you really have to worry about them. No one’s saying “wait a minute, when I saw humming red the other day it
looked like this”. When you saw hummingbird the other day
it was moving too fast for you actually see it. So calm right down. Alright I’m
just flicking oh oh and put the feet in there.
I’m just flicking in some kind of shapes there, dragging some paint, oh I want to
make a darker version of that and I’m switching. I’m not really that crazy
about that brush. I haven’t painted in a couple of days and I’ve cleaned
since then, so my brushes are hither and thither. I’m going to take some really
concentrated green right off my palette, take some really concentrated purple and
that’s going to give you a really nice dark, that’s more purple than gray right now but I’m just going to go in and add some kind of inky definition,
there, don’t want too much definition because this animal is moving a little
bit of something and I’m gonna use some of that in the
tip of the beak. Hold your brush straight up and down if you want to get a nice fine line like that, and I want to kind of crisp up things here especially
since I made that error at the beginning. And I’m just going to drag a little bit
of that inkiness down. I think I really like that look of the inky dark
there, and I’m going to put the little I’m just gonna put a little dab for the
feet. I want to really want to get the eyeball in there, but I don’t want it to
mix all over the face, so I’m just very gently going in there. And it did mix on
the face so I’m actually gonna blot that off now, okay so don’t do that
don’t don’t don’t with that on the face yet. It’s way too early for that look at
that no no, I mean I have to go in there and do something else in a little bit. I
also want to lighten up these feathers down here at the bottom where they meet the
tail, and let’s go work on a flower so we don’t mess up our bird anymore. Well one
thing I do want to do is just kind of with a wet brush merge those colors a
little bit, there we go. Alright now let’s go over to our flowers. Let’s go with this one there we go. These are
extremely cheap Royal brushes. They’re not bad but they’re not aqua wands
they’re kind of uh, not as snappy as I would like them. Alright so for our
fuchsia, let’s take a little of that purple that we’ve that we were using and
let’s paint these little petals right in here.
I’m just going to leave a little gap between the petals so they don’t all run
together, and I’m going to go up to this one here. This is very loose painting. It’s just a little greeting card, that’s what I’m working on just a little
greeting card thing. I’m going to add a little bit of that purple into the stems
just for funsies and I’m going to grab that green that we were using. Go ahead
and make this full screen if you’re having a hard time seeing. I’m seeing
what I’m doing here a little bit green into the stems there, and I think a
little bit of green onto this little area right there. I’m going to need a red
for this. I haven’t used a red in this painting yet, so I’m going to choose very
carefully and I think I want a cool red so I’m gonna go with like a like an
alizarin crimson or something along those lines, like that any sort of cooler
red. You don’t want to get an orangey red, that’s not going to really go too
well with this. It’s going to make mud if it mixes in with our purple and you know
there might be some mixing go on, mixing and mingling, so we want to make sure
that it’s going to look good. Not that juicy and it might
want to mix with some of the other colors that we have there so just keep
that in mind. Don’t worry if it does. I’ll pull some of these little stamens down. I really want this to be a loose painting
so if you don’t care for that, you paint it however you want, but I’m just getting
ready for the beach, I’m feeling like I just want kind of an easy peasy loose
painting today. Sometimes it’s more fun to capture the impression than the
actual, it’s not like I’m just making excuses for why I’m such a lazy painter [ laughing] Is that how it’s coming across? I feel like it’s coming across. And I think,
to tell you the truth, I don’t remember how fuchsia leaves looks [laughing] so I’m
just gonna painta few more stems, coming down here. See, that’s what you do, you
fake it if you don’t remember. I’m not exactly sure what hummingbird looks like
but I saw one from the porch the other day, and I think this is about right [laughing] Oh, you should
probably find somebody else to watch. You know I did take some of that red though,
and I’m gonna put it in my beak, because their beaks are, I think have a little bit
of red. There are the ruby-throated hummingbirds, if that’s the one you want
to do, you could put a little of that color right on the chest too. Then they tend
to be a little more green as a matter of fact, and let’s see, I’m gonna go do
that eye now, and I don’t know if it’s really bothering me that that the face kinda has that blotted out area. I am trying to leave a little white for a sparkle in the
eye, but if you don’t, don’t worry. You can use a knife to scrape that
out later. My head’s probably right in the shot
because I’m kind of leaning over there. I had like a little extra coffee. My
husband was working a later shift today so I brewed a second pot of coffee and
now you’re paying the price. [laughing] you’re seeing me shake and you’re listening to me
ramble. I guess that’s nothing new is it? Alright I’m just gonna add a little more
definition with this a dark color that I made. Remember I didn’t use black. I used
purple and green. I always mix my darks from the colors I’ve already used so
they look like they match a little bit, and you don’t wanna overdo it because
I’m kind of loving how wah and wild it is. so what I’m gonna do is just sign my
name. I think I’ll use that green and then go go over here to balance it out a
little bit and I’m just gonna put my initials L M W 14, 2014. And I do hope you
like it. If you want you can add some splashes to it. Um I’m thinking mine’s a
little wild as it is so I don’t think I’ll put the splashes on. You go right
ahead. Oh, and you know what? I told you I was
gonna use this so I probably should, so whenever you’re using metallic paints
it’s a good idea to give it a little spritz of water first, and that
just helps the color really release, so what I’m gonna do is, just kind of tapping because I want the texture of feathers, so I’m just gonna kind of
tap in some of this color and I do the same thing with a little, this pretty
blue. Tap a tap a tappa. I have too much water. Tap a tap a tappa.
That’s a little better. Oh look at that and I can kind of go in
there where I kind of wiped away all my color Yeah, I planned it that way I mean
that’s what I meant to say is I planned that. I just dab a little bit just to
give it a little bit of that iridescent that birds have, and I can streak a
little bit that in there. Try not to overdo it. It’s awfully hard. I have a
hard time not overdoing. I tend to overdo so really you know you probably should
stop a few steps before I do, and you’ll be all set. And then if I tip this I
think we’ll be able to see some of the coolness. Maybe that color might be a
little bit better. I wonder, let’s try it, yeah I have no
restraint when it comes to the metallic. No, that’s not better. You know, forget
that, let’s go back to this one this one’s much better. Just tap a little bit
of that in there. I’m trying not to get any in the eyeball. I
know I am and then I’m gonna smear that all over the place. Let’s take a look, just kind of I don’t think I’d really tell until
it dries, but it’s got a little bit of sheen there and I’m happy with that, so
there you have it, how to paint a hummingbird in watercolors. I don’t know if I like
it better with or without the metallic. You can do whatever you want ‘cuz it’s your
painting. Thank you so much for watching. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe.
Until next time, happy crafting.

100 thoughts on “Paint a quick hummingbird in watercolors {quick & easy!}

  1. thank you so much for uploading! Just today I started watercolors as a destresser and followed this tutorial. I've always been bad at art but i was so proud on how my painting turned out 🙂

  2. Hi Lindsay, Can I link a couple of your videos to my blog post documenting my watercolor journey? This is the first video I watched on watercolor painting and I was hooked. So, wanted to ask your permission before I posted.

  3. I love what you said when the green ran over the edges, you said, "See, when you make a mistake, you learn things." It maybe passing but very significant.

  4. Thank you Lindsey! I listen to you at night sometimes to fall asleep. Your voice is very soothing. I enjoy all your tutorials and I am learning a lot. Blessings:0)

  5. Im continually learning more about watercolour painting thanks to you and your generous videos. Thank you so much for all that you do (and hello from NSW, Australia!)

  6. love the hummingbird! felt like the flowers find of don't match. lol but what do I know? didn't even know there was such thing as metallic water color!

  7. Hi Lindsay, I've lost my mojo for watercolor lately and have gone back to claying with polymer clay.  I know you know tons about watercolor and I have a question for you.  Can watercolors be used with polymer clay and if yes,how?  Would they stick onto unbaked clay or is it better if it's baked too.  It would be awesome if you could do a video and tell us what you know cause I really love both mediums and the ideal would be to combine them somehow.

  8. can you please make an even slower video , I couldnt catch up with you in this even though I paused it a lot

  9. I love the way you teach! And your days ramblings 😉 sometimes, well, most times I like to rewatch
    Your videos.

  10. Lindsay i was doing a water color painting it only my third one but the prob im finding is the paper keep buckling stramore water color paper 140 pound

  11. Omg.  You are hilarious. I enjoy your high energy and humor, and of course your art work. Thank you for making entertaining and education videos.

  12. I've just started watercolour painting and found your tutorials so helpful! Love this little hummingbird….Thank you for sharing x

  13. You are fun to watch and I enjoyed your video. I agree that artists should just wing it from time to time and not be to serious. 👍🏻😊

  14. hey I loved thid vidéo keep going and do more and more vidéos😍
    PS : I want to ask you what is the mark of your watercolor paints ?????
    plz reply me

  15. Hi Lindsay, a few years ago I bought a cheap watercolor set on a whim and was searching YouTube for tutorials to get me started. This was the first one I came across that I really enjoyed watching and painting along with, and this hummingbird was my second-ever watercolor painting. In the 3 years since, I've grown so much as an artist and I really have you to thank for that. Your positivity and joy for painting inspired me and got me through some of my early hurdles and self-doubt about whether I was "good" at painting or not.

    Now I watercolor cards and paintings for my family and friends and I have the confidence to put my work out into the world and you're the person I have to thank the most for that. Painting has brought me so much happiness and creating is so wonderful, and I don't think I would have discovered this passion without you, and this tutorial. I still follow along on your more recent tutorials because you are so inspiring and fun to watch. Thank you for everything 🙂

  16. You are totally and utterly awesome and have saved my 3rd wedding anniversary present problem. I live in a small rural town and not many shops. Got not much in way of presents here, go to newsagents and could only find a business card holder. Welll this has turned out the most awesomeness present ever (zipped up on coffee and ever so humble lol). Cut card to business size and made about twentyish cards to fit in holder. Your hummingbird, pink rose and "loose bird" were quick (not as good as yours) but pretty good. Thank you for sharing and keep up your awesomeness xo

  17. Holy cow! This is the very first time I have ever watched any kind of painting videos (with the exception of "the happy tree guy" when I was a kid) and I have just fallen in love! You, my Lady, have got yourself a new subscriber!

  18. just discovered you and love your art, love this especially, you are wonderfully talented. Please keep posting these fab videos, thanks so much, Mandy xx

  19. Wonderful Lindsay. I love the way you just go with it. No stress! Thanks again. Loving my watercolours. Did a pencil sketch of Trump yesterday: I was amazed at how thin watercolour can really make a picture pop!

  20. I totally saw this years ago when you first made it and it helped me start my art journey and this came up on my feed again and just reminded me how I initially got inspired.
    ❤️❤️

  21. Can you still see the pencil when you're finished? Or is that something not to worry about? I tried running them out and messed up my painting

  22. Wow, just wow!! So happy 😀 I saw your video, I love ❤️, love ❤️, love ❤️ it!!! I hope you make millions of videos!!!

  23. This is the best tutorial. Because I will be doing a painting for my mother for her mother's day gift. I know passed the day, but she lives out of state and I will be seeing her next week. So this is perfect. Thank you

  24. I love watching your videos, you seem to be having so much fun and if you make a mistake you totally go with it rather than stressing over it. I need to be more like you.. and if I can paint half as well I will be winning! Thank you for just being you!

  25. lol I love listening to you ramble Lindsay no matter how much coffee you've had to drink or really, anything you do! Your attitude is always so upbeat and positive, always a pleasure dear! 💖💖💖

  26. Absolutely love this video. Can't wait to review it again with my nieces and nephew as one of my bonding time activity. Yep, we will be drawing and coloring a hummingbird this summer 🙂

    Thank you Lindsay!

  27. So funny watching this again. You were on a real caffeine buzz that day. Caffeine + day at beach = superfast eager to get away Lindsay!!! Love this tutorial. Great that it's so much fun to watch over again too!!

  28. Holy cow Lindsay, Graeme Stevenson from Colour In Your Life has this video saved under his favorites! That's amazing!

  29. Great result! And good idea for the iridescent paints. I had an idea for a painting for Mother's Day, but I think I'll also have to give this a go as my parents have a hummingbird feeder at their kitchen window.

  30. OMG, Lindsay, lol, no more coffee for you! This was fun, thank you. I think this is the third time I have watched this tutorial and have yet to paint this. You really brighten my day. I did paint the door today that you taught last week though. It isn’t great but, hey, it was loose and I haven’t painted in 2.5 months. It is hard to get back in the groove after not painting for so long so I am happy that I could actually paint again! Time to get back in the habit of doing something every day (I hope, lol). Thanks again. Remember, take all the time you need on a tutorial, it can always be fast forwarded for those who find it too long. It really helps me when I see the whole process. 🤗❤️🙏🎨🇨🇦👩🏻‍🎨

  31. lindsay, that is a gorgeous bird!, we have a ton around here as well so we put up a ton of feeders, and my husband and I can spend hours on our balcony just watching them

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