…which is what happens when you really wanna paint a butterfly, cause it’s cool and you’ve never done it before, except the letter L is next up, so…you improvise. And become a wordsmith. Thus, lepidoptera! 🙂
Someone whose work really inspires me is Alison Fennell. You can find her post and YouTube tutorial here. This is really an excellent tutorial, explained in Alison’s low-key, patient style, of how to paint butterflies in watercolor without being too fiddly. I tend to overfiddle, and so I tried to take Alison’s advice to heart, but I have a feeling I put one too many layers on this one. I’m not sure. I’m very new to watercolor (who am I kidding, I’m new to all of this art business, as my daughter would say), so tell me what you think. Alison also has a beautiful Etsy shop, which I encourage you to visit, as her work is so lovely and delicate and beautiful, as is Alison herself. I hope you enjoy my little painting, and if you’re interested in painting butterflies, check out Alison’s tutorial. You’ll be glad you did!
Back to my little butterfly, I happened to have a scrap of batik fabric on my table, and decided rather impulsively to trim it up and glue it on as the butterfly’s body at the end. The white dots? White Crayola crayon. Which resisted most of the paint, but not all. Hey, what did I expect? I’ll try it again, though; I enjoyed that quick and easy wax resist!
I drew and painted most of this while eating dinner (yet again), so it worked well for a quick and dirty, no-fuss butterfly look without all the fiddling and fandangling. Alison will show you how to make your painting look much more like a butterfly than this one; I took a shortcut. (Actually, I was trying to get the blue and yellow to blend together on their own to make green to finish up Irish week….but it didn’t quite work out that way. My watercolors rarely ever work out exactly the way I thought they would, though.)
I’ll be working today, so who knows what might be coming up for the letter M tomorrow. I hope you’ll visit again and see. Happy Saturday! Don’t forget to feed your soul, I think it’s getting hungry.
(Colors used: cobalt blue, azo yellow (M. Graham watercolor paint) and a touch of sky blue Inktense pencil for the background.)