How to Paint a Blue Butterfly in acrylics – Fast and Easy. A fun whimsical butterfly you can paint one simple stroke at a time in any color you wish.
Are you ready to paint a blue butterfly in acrylics? You can use any color you prefer but I used blue as the person this hand painted sign is for loves blue butterflies.
This is an older post moved over from my old site so the video is a bit rough but you get the idea and I hope this tides you over if you have been wanting to paint butterflies. I have more coming in the future.
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Okay, lets get on with the show…
Sketch on Your Butterfly
Start with your pattern..I have traced this on with graphite paper. It helps keep me in line if I have a pattern to follow.
Paint the Wings
Double load the #12 or 3/4″ Flat brush with True Blue and White. (need help with how to load the brush and more basics, go here for instructions) Size of brush is determined by the size of you butterfly.
I make a scallop stroke…it is the same method as used in my How to Paint Leaves tutorial.
Add another scalloping stroke for the bottom half of the wing. The edges are a bit streaky but that is because I am painting on paper for the photos, I should’ve used a touch of blending medium to help prevent that.
Paint the Butterfly Body
Now he needs a body. After rinsing your brush load it with Black paint. Touch, press and pull down. As you pull towards the end let the brush lift back to the chisel edge.
With the same black paint stroke on some little wing decorations… use the same basic stroke just shorter and without the curve.
I like to use odd numbers for the details. We are going for whimsy here and not realism.
Now for the antenna…a liner brush with inky paint does a good job. Inky means the black is slightly watered down.
In the video you can see where I also use the liner brush to add a bit of outline to the wings.
And that is how you paint a blue butterfly in acrylics!
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