How to Paint a Blue Butterfly – Fast and Easy
Hi everyone. I am back with a painting tutorial. This tutorial is going to show you how to paint a blue butterfly. I used blue as the person this hand painted sign is for loves blue and she enjoys butterflies. But you can choose to use any color or combo of colors you wish.
I have included a link to a video of painting this butterfly too if you wish to watch me actually paint them. I personally learn better if I can see it being painted in live action and not just via photos. I admit my videos leave a lot to be desired but I am learning more and more with each one. I am working on getting the interior of my Studio aka Painting Palace painted a bright white to help reflect light. Right now it is painted a warm toast color and it does not do a good job. When we built it I was not thinking of needing to video or take photographs inside but now I do so the color must change.
Okay, lets get on with the show…
This sign is not done yet but since the star of this show is the butterfly that does not matter. Start with your pattern..I have traced this on with graphite paper. It helps keep me in line if I have a pattern to follow.
I double load my 1/2″ Flat brush (for some reason Royal Majestic calls them Bright instead of Flat) with True Blue and White. You can see my two puddles of paint, I dip one brush corner in blue then one in white and I brush back and forth on my pallet to blend them. See how it gradually goes from white to blue? I do this until the brush is well loaded. I show this on my video. You can view just that part then stop the video to keep reading, I will share the video again at the end of this post.
I make a scallop stroke…it is the same method as used in my Scallop Leaf tutorial.
I add another scalloping stroke for the bottom half of the wing. The edges are a bit streaky but that is because I am painting on paper for the photos, I should’ve used a touch of blending medium to help prevent that.
Now he needs a body…I use the same brush but I have cleaned it and blotted out the water so it is as dry and I can get it then I load it with Black paint. I touch, press and pull down as I let the brush lift back to the chisel edge.
With the same black paint I stroke on some little wing decorations..I use the same basic stroke just shorter and without the curve.
Now for the antenna…a liner brush with inky paint does a good job. Inky means the black is slightly watered down.
In the video you can see where I also use the liner brush to add a bit of outline to the wings. And speaking of video, here is the link to it for your viewing pleasure
Now for a question for you all… do you prefer just a link to a video that opens in another page or do you like them embedded in the post???
I would really like some feedback on it if you don’t mind.
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Ta ta for now…Happy Painting!