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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  1. John on February 1, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    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.

  2. Denise M on February 1, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Delightful! Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  3. Michelle on February 2, 2022 at 4:57 am

    Not for me. Too loose.

  4. Barbara Kieker on February 3, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Very fun to paint! Love trying different styles. Thank you so much

  5. Elzbieta on February 3, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    I love this style of painting. Thank you for this picture

  6. Patricia on February 13, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    lindo ,obrigada

  7. Susan on April 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm


  8. […] check out the other loose watercolour animal mini classes from Jennifer Rose. You’ll find a loose butterfly, a racing hare and some pretty koi carp fish with a watery […]

  9. Rosalie on February 21, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    thank you so much

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