How to paint a butterfly in loose watercolour
The pretty markings on butterflies sometimes look as though they’ve been painted on.
Which makes butterflies really fun subjects for paintings.
I like to paint butterflies in my realistic watercolour style, capturing every tiny detail and working big so I can create a lifelike result.
With their painterly appearance, butterflies lend themselves to being painted in a loose style too.
So in this mini class, my friend Jennifer Rose is back in my studio to show us the process she followed to paint a Tortoiseshell butterfly in her loose watercolour style.
I hope this mini class has inspired you to paint butterflies using these loose watercolour techniques too.
If you’d like to paint butterflies in a more detailed, realistic style, you can find this butterfly mini class where I show you how.
If you try it, Jennifer and I would love to hear how you get on, so let us know in the comments below. And do leave a message if you enjoyed the video. We love to read them!
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Blog Updates - Jennifer Rose
Thank You so much. At 75 years young, I just started watercolor painting about 4 months ago, and I’m hooked. I mostly do flowers, but for some reason, I always include a butterfly. Thanks again, I really appreciate your videos.
Delightful! Thanks so much for sharing your talents!
Not for me. Too loose.
Very fun to paint! Love trying different styles. Thank you so much
I love this style of painting. Thank you for this picture
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thank you so much