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bird bath
by Shelby Spencer, OSCI

Hummingbird Bird Bath
Shelby Spencer
Materials: 2- 10” clay pots
1- 14” clay saucer
Available at most Lawn and Garden or Crafts Stores
Palette: Licorice- #938
Wicker White- #901
Thicket- #924
Sunflower- #432
Berry Wine- #434
Burnt Umber-(AP)- #462
School Bus Yellow- #736
Yellow Orche-(AP)- #917
Lemonade- #904
Night Sky- #443
12 flat
scruffy, large scruffy, small scruffy
script liner
Supplies: water basin
Paper towels
Foam plates
FolkArt Outdoor Satin Sealer
E-6000 Adhesive
Preparation: Glue the 10” pots bottoms together with E-6000. Do not glue the saucer to the pots. Let dry. Basecoat the pots and saucer with Wicker White. Double load the large scruffy with Lemonade and Wicker White and pounce the pots and saucer.
Saucer: Load #12 brush with Burnt Umber and Wicker White. Paint the
nest with Burnt Umber to the outside. Paint winding vines with the chisel
edge leading with the Wicker White. Double load #12 with Night Sky and
Wicker White, paint eggs in the nest with Night Sky on the outside edge.
Add moss in the nest with the scruffy brush using Thicket and Sunflower.
See color worksheet.
Vines and Blossoms: Double load #12 flat with Thicket and Sunflower and paint vines and leaves. Double load #12 flat with Berry Wine and Wicker White, paint flower blossoms in leaves. See color worksheet.
Hummingbird: Double load #12 flat with Thicket and Wicker White with Thicket to the outside paint head and back of bird. Double load #12 flat
with Berry Wine and Wicker White with Berry Wine on the outside paint
cheek and belly of bird. Double load #12 flat with Thicket and Wicker White paint the back wing at the base of the head. Use chisel edge to make
feathers on the wings. Add front wing and tail feathers using the chisel edge
of brush. Paint the eye and beak with script liner using Licorice. Add white
highlight in the bird’s eye. See color worksheet.
Pots: Double load scruffy brush with Thicket and Sunflower pounce around
the bottom and top rims. At the top rim add hanging vines and flower all
around the top.
Double load #12 flat with Thicket and Sunflower paint tall grass around the
bottom of the pot using the chisel edge of brush. Double load #12 flat with
Berry Wine and Wicker White and paint red flowers, keep Berry Wine
to the outer edge. Paint purple flowers with Night Sky and Wicker White,
keep Night Sky to the outer edge. Double load #12 flat with School Bus Yellow and Yellow Orche, stroke daisies petals using the chisel edge. Pounce centers with small scruffy loaded with Berry Wine and Yellow Orche. See color worksheet.
Add a couple of Hummingbirds to the base.
Add curlicues using script liner and inky Thicket at the top and bottom of the pots and also on saucer in the leaves and vines.
Let dry, glue saucer to the pots. Finish with 2 coats of outdoor vanish.
Bio: Shelby lives with her husband, Harold in Castle Hayne, a small town north of Wilmington, NC. Shelby began painting in 1995 and soon discovered One Stroke painting. She attended certification in Atlanta (2002) and began teaching in June. She currently teaches at a local art center and at her home studio. Teaching is great fun for Shelby. She loves to see beginner students complete their first project.
Shelby loves to paint on all surfaces from glass to walls. She especially likes to paint on walls and has painted most of her wall at her home. Her most recent job was at a Dentist office, where she painted a beach scene on the walls. You can see pictures of the walls on her web site:
Shelby Spencer, OSCI
6402 Grandview Dr.
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
Web site: