If we’ve been ‘net friends for a while, you probably know about my (near-obsessive) quest to photograph hummingbirds. I just love those zippy little guys, and spend quite a bit of my non-work time sitting in my tiny garden, trying to get a good snapshot of a hummer. It’s not easy, given that they’re about the size of a sesame seed and move at roughly the speed of light (more or less), but every once in a while, magic happens.
To increase the odds of snapping that elusive picture, I’ve planted bunches of agastache, buddleia, trumpet vine and every other hummingbird-attractive flower I can get my hands on, and– of course– I’ve put up some feeders. In researching how to go about all this, I learned that hummers are attracted to bright red, but that the red dye that’s often put in hummingbird nectar can be quite toxic to them. Yikes! The glass feeders I’d bought were clear, and I wanted to make them as eye-catching as possible for my little friends. So I did what any artistic soul would do… I hit the craft room stash.
Which brings us to the Ranger Alcohol Ink. Why, it works BEAUTIFULLY on glass! Score!
This project is truly as easy as 1, 2, 3….
1. Start with a clean, clear-glass hummingbird feeder.
2. Place several drops of Ranger Alcohol Ink in bright reddish tones on a felt-topped Ink Blending Tool, and add a quick squirt of Blending Solution.
3. Pounce the Blending Tool onto the glass to deposit the color. You can layer the ink for some cool, mottled effects, but do be sure to let each layer dry before adding more.
That’s all there is to it! I think it worked…
Snapped May 25, 2013 in my back yard in Boise