Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird: Frida Kahlo 4


Frida Kahlo Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

This is the fourth of five pieces in my Frida Kahlo series. It is based on Frida’s original work, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. I tried to use my own stamps and dies as much as possible but sketched some parts as necessary.


Frida Kahlo’s Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

This is Frida Kahlo’s original Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (Autorretrato con Collar de Espinas). She painted it in 1940 after her divorce from Diego Rivera and the end of her long love affair with Hungarian-American photographer, Nickolas Muray.

こちらがオリジナル ”いばらの首飾りとハチドリの自画像”


The Making of Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird StazOn

First, I applied StazOn ink to the stamp and then I covered all the parts that I didn’t want to use with post-its. Really, I just wanted the face.


Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Sketch

I sketched the head and body with waterproof and smear-proof markers so that I could add colour later.


Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Sketch 2

Initially, I wanted to use stamps for the monkey and the cat and played around with several that I had in my stash. Unfortunately, none of them fit in terms of size or image, so I decided to draw them myself.



I used Brusho to colour the paper for the back of the leaves.

バックの葉っぱ用に Brusho で紙に色をつけました。

I made the leaves using green paper with Sizzix Tim Holtz's dies

First of all, I made the shape of the leaves using green paper with Sizzix Tim Holtz’s dies. Then, I cut out the leaves between the veins and stuck the paper which I coloured in the previous photo to the back.

Sizzix Tim Holtz のダイで緑の紙で葉っぱを作ります。裏から先程の紙を接着してからカットします。スタンプでも作っってみたのですがこの作品にはこちらが合いました。

Blue mount for Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The sky was created with white ink on a light blue mount.


Laying out the leaves

I laid out the leaves on a double-sided adhesive sheet so that they had a similar composition to the original.



With the exception of the hummingbird, Frida and the animals were painted with watercolour pencils.


All the bits

The mysterious butterfly flower body was hand-drawn, and the wings used a butterfly stamp on tracing paper, with embossing powder.


Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

I made the hummingbird separately and added glossy accents to give it a shiny, three-dimensional appearance. The composition was completed by pasting all the small elements.


Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Ah! I forgot one important thing.

I added a moustache as it was almost Frida’s trademark in her self-portraits! It is drawn with a pencil for the time being, but how is it?

Should I keep it? Please let me know what you think ?




Materials Used 使用品

StazOn Jet Black 

Copic Multiliner Fine A-4 Set Black

Copic Multiliner Fine B-2 set Black

Pigma Micron 6 Fineliners


Sizzix Thinlits Skeleton leaves by Tim Holtz

Archival Brilliance Moonlight white

Ranger Glossy Accents Clear Plastic Varnish, 59 ml

Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils Gift Box x 36 Colours & Brush

Docrafts 1 oz Embossing Powder, Seaform white

100 Sheets A4 220gsm White Card

Xerox Premier Copier Card 160gsm A4

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6 thoughts on “Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird: Frida Kahlo 4”

  1. WOW this really is a work of art, how you’ve created it piece by piece. It just shows how one can but their own stamp on stamps and dies in our stash and still be unique! I hope you are keeping well and thank you for all the lovely comments on my blog. Hugs Emmax

    • Thanks, Emma. Yes, it is fun trying to use stamps in a different way. Sorry I haven’t been around much recently – a lot going on! x

  2. Gosh a real statement piece, fascinating you’ve used stamps etc and drawn in other detail to replicate the original. Love seeing your step by step process. Hmm as to the keeping of the moustache, think that’s best for you to decide being the creator! Steph x


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