My Husband requested that I make him a ZIA of a Kingfisher. Kingfishers are one of his favorite birds. I couldn't refuse his request. He is so patient with me and my constant drawing. It was fun to do. I enjoyed making this piece and he is quite happy with it.
I started with the bird and then added Sassafras leaves. I was trying to decide how to treat the background when my Husband requested that I add sassafras leaves. Originally I was going to fill the background with leaves but after I got started, I decided I didn't want the piece to get too busy.
On the big leaf is my new pattern Zuan Shi. I was less free hand with the pattern this time. I'm still exploring it. Zuan Shi looked really different after I shaded the diamonds.
I tagged most of the patterns that I used in the labels. There are a few I have to go back and look up. I can't remember the names right now.