How to Paint a Monarch Butterfly Stepping Stone
You may or may not remember my flower stepping stone post I shared last Summer, if you wish to revisit it just CLICK HERE.
Before I painted and shared any more I wanted to let it get a good dose of hot summer sun followed by a cold rainy then snowy winter and so I did. I was more than pleased with how it held up, in fact it looks good as new so it was well worth the effort to paint it and I will be doing many more.
Now I am working on some butterfly stepping stones.
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As with my Flower Stepping Stone, I started with Zinser Bullseye sealer paint, it may take you up to 3 coats to get a good base. The cement paver is very pitted and the paint just sinks in. The extra prep is worth it. Start a day ahead, lay out several pavers and just coat them every couple of hours with the white paint. A roller is easier than a brush but you can use a brush.
Here is a supply list for this project:
Cement pavers (available at Home Depot, Lowes etc)
Zinser Bullseye paint
Folk Art Pure Orange (this link is for the outdoor type, but you can use regular, the outdoor was less)
Folk art Pure Black
Folk Art Wicker White
Folk Art Daffodil Yellow
Rustoleum Spar Urethane exterior
Royal Majestic Wash set (I used primarily the 3/4 in for this project)
Brush Caddy (imperative for getting your brushes really clean)
Loews White Nylon brush set (my favorite brushes for applying the Urethane and for base coating)
Now that we have everything, lets get painting.
Let your white base coat dry thoroughly. Then draw on your butterfly. I just free handed this one, and though I can now see what needs changing this is not bad for my first go.
Outline with your black paint using the chisel edge of your brush and paint in the body. Let it dry. As you can see I failed to let it dry and I dragged black into my orange when I tried to fill in the wings.
Save yourself some trouble and let the black dry. To speed up the drying time use a blow dryer on it on high heat.
Add a second coat of orange once dry.
While the orange is still wet mix a bit of yellow into the orange to lighten it up and let it fade into it as you approach the wing edges, you want it to gradually blend in. The first yellow I used was too mellow so I grabbed a brighter one and liked the effect much better.
Go over the black lines again with the chisel edge of your brush, neatening up where you may have gotten orange onto the black. Keep adding your details lines.
Next add some white dots with a pencil tip or a liner brush dipped in white paint. Make them randomly casual and not lined up. Add some to the body as well.
Once this is all dry then you can coat it with the Spar Urethane using a large brush. Give it at least 3 coats, letting it dry between coats. Let it cure for a few weeks before exposing it to wet weather.
There you have your beautiful Monarch Butterfly stepping stone.
Now that I look at the photos I can see I need to make the bottom wing black band wider and maybe the butterfly would look a bit better painted on the diagonal of the stone. But it was my first whack at it and there is nothing like atrial run to get your feel for these things.
Flora the Flamingo gives her smile of approval.
What should I paint on a paver next? A Swallowtail Butterfly, or maybe a Blue Morpho? Or maybe I should paint Flora…
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