Painting butterflies

I have been painting butterflies inspired by Jean Haines. I absolutely love her loose free style of watercolor painting. I found that with just a few simple steps you can paint a little butterfly.

Happy Sunday!

Butterfly watercolor steps

Steps to paint a butterfly:

  1. Using a liner #2 brush and a black brown mix, add a small round head. Then just below that, add a line of dots for the body getting smaller as you near the bottom.
  2. Outline the top of the wing with a deep color and then use a little clean water to smooth it out.
  3. Next to the midsection of the body, add paint with the side of your brush and pull it out away from the body. Continue this on both sides and build up the color.
  4. Add more color to the head and wings as needed.

Special notes:

  • Allow the paint from the body to touch the wet paint of the wings. Remember that the mix and mingle is where the watercolor magic happens. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Be careful to not overwork your butterfly, less is more here.


Butterfly watercolor painting practice

It is always fun to play with different shapes and colors. My favorite butterflies here ended up being the ones in the middle where I left part of the wings unpainted. It feels like they are moving across the page. ๐Ÿฆ‹


Butterfly and flower watercolor painting

Trying to put it all together with a little painting of a flower and butterfly.

Butterfly dreams painted on Bee watercolor paper

I hope you enjoyed this little butterfly practice and are inspired to pick up a paint brush and create art. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and shine on!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Owl & Butterfly

It’s a doodle Thursday. Hope you enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a little owl to share with you that I worked on a few months ago.

Silly doodle fun, quite a hoot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Owl doodle sketch in ink

Silly Owlย  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

A butterfly and happy little flower doodle for your as well.

Butterfly doodle sketch in ink

Joyful Landingย  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do what you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Butterflies in Watercolor

Just a quick post this week on butterflies. I’ve always loved butterflies and it makes me smile when I see one flutter by or land on a nearby flower. Their delicate wings have such beautiful colors and patterns that are all so interesting. I thought it would be fun to try and paint some butterflies this week.

I tried to keep things simple and loose (but sometimes that is easier said than done). Below are two of the paintings that I am happiest with. I think my favorite one is the bright blue butterfly. I really love Daniel Smith – Phthalo Blue!

Dark Blue Butterfly
Dark Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly
Bright Blue Butterfly

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne