[VIDEO] How to paint a butterfly in loose watercolour

[VIDEO] How to paint a butterfly in loose watercolour

I hope you’ll join me for this fresh and fun tutorial in my good friend Anna Mason’s online school. This time I’m showing you how to capture these pretty patterns to a tortoiseshell butterfly.

You’ll learn how to capture the painterly appearance of the butterfly patterns which really lends itself to my loose watercolour style.

My FREE VIDEO MINI CLASS is available now for you to try, so why not come and see me there for a mini taster before you take the full tutorial?

What you’ll need:

If you don’t have the equipment and paints I recommend, get creative and try with what you have handy.

  • My Tortoiseshell butterfly photo as your reference.
  • HB Pencil
  • Mop paintbrushes – Rosemary & Co Size 0/3 and 10/0 /0
  • Daisy palette (for mixing watery paints)
  • Water bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Watercolour paper (I recommend Arches cold pressed paper 300gsm/140lb) Or this can be a great sketchbook exercise using any cold pressed paper type.
  • Paints (see colour list below). I use Winsor and Newton paints.

Paint colours needed:

  • Burnt Umber
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Lamp Black
  • Permanent Rose
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Yellow Ochre

I hope this tutorial makes you feel inspired to paint some more pretty butterflies. There are just so many varieties to choose from!

If you do paint your own loose butterfly, I’d love to see your results, so tag me on instagram using the hashtag #jenniferrosegallery so I can see how you got on. You can also find me on Facebook.

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See you soon,

Love Jennifer Rose xx

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