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Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly Stepping Stone

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly Stepping Stone, a simple project to add some color to your cottage garden path.

It is so easy to paint a swallowtail butterfly stepping stone

Garden Paver, Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly stepping stone

 

I had an enthusiastic response to my Monarch stepping stone and promised to paint another.  To Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly stepping stone is just as easy.

This is my first time around with the Swallowtail and I am pleased with how he turned out.  He is a little wonky but now I know what I will do differently the next time.

I prep by paver with a good blast with a hose then let it dry thoroughly.  I roll on a coat of exterior house paint or Plaid folk Art Multi Surface paint.  Annie Sloan chalk paint will work well to as it breaths, it won’t chip or peel.  I have not found any other chalk finish paint that works the same way only Annie Sloan has not peeled.

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For the paint colors just use what you have that is similar, this does not need to be exact.

Supply List to Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly Stepping Stone

Plaid Folk Art craft acrylics (regular or multi-surface will work):

Sketch on your pattern, I just looked at a photo and did my best. (I can’t draw to save my life but I managed to achieve the likeness). Next time so I can be more precise I will draw it out on a piece of paper then transfer the design to my paver.  I made the pencil lines darker than I usually would so they would show up well in the photo.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comCoat the wings with the Medium Yellow and a 3/4 inch flat brush, I put it on fairly heavily..

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comWhile it is still wet I blend in some of the sunny yellow from the center out, leaving the outer edges the darker yellow.  I put in some white for highlights too following the wing shape as I stroke in the lighter color.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

I use Licorice (black) and a #12 flat brush to paint the body and head.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Once it is dry I use white chalk to draw on where my detail lines will go.  Chalk makes it easy to wipe off and begin again if you do not like where your lines are.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Start adding your detail lines with the chisel edge of your brush or a liner brush.  I debated outlining the very outer edge or not.  I did not on this butterfly but I may add it so the edges are not lost.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

With the chisel edge of the #12 flat brush lightly stroke on the wider detail areas.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Around the body as well.  Then I added some lighter color details to the body itself.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Add in the blue around the wing and a bit by the body for a pop of color.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

 

And the little red dots.

Paint a Swallowtail Butterfly on a plain cement paver to create a fabulous stepping stone. FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

Once it is all dry then coat it a few times with the Spar Urethane.

Now you have an addition to your painted Paver Collection.

Come paint a Swallowtail butterfly on a plain cement paver and make it into a fabulous stepping stone for your garden. Practical garden art easy to make!

This will look beautiful in any garden.

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Yvonne

Sunday 13th of May 2018

What’s beautiful way to add a colorful butterfly to your garden.....Love it!

Pamela

Sunday 13th of May 2018

I am working on another so stayed tuned.

Lillianleigh Vaughan

Saturday 12th of May 2018

Beautiful I did a couple so far, Love it

Debbie

Friday 11th of May 2018

You hand paint because you are so talented! I never thought of a stencil for us not so talented. Good idea!

Helen Zimmerli

Friday 20th of May 2016

Hello there!

Absolutely adore your butterfly creation. Have you thought of using stencils for smaller projects, like bricks and cinder blocks to be used as accents here & there for the garden or other.

Pamela

Friday 20th of May 2016

I do use stencils for some lettering on signs but for small things that I am doing one offs of, I just hand paint them. I am cheap that way. :)

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