There are 2 good reasons you’ll want to paint this realistic watercolor butterfly:
1) Monarch butterflies are amazing.
It’s always joyful to see butterflies flutter around, and get a good look at their pretty patterns when they land.
But there’s so much more to these particular butterflies.
When they first hatch, they complete a 3,000 journey and they find their way through a built-in ‘sat nav’ programmed into their antennae. (I tell you more about this in the video).
It’s discovering things like this that make the world feel so magical.
And by paintings subjects like this, we give ourselves time to slow down and sit with those feelings of wonder, which science has shown can make us happier in the long term.
2) This watercolor butterfly is a great exercise on how to see values (or tones)
If you’re developing your artistic eye, this beautiful butterfly is a great subject to practice with. It has 3 distinct tones, so it’s perfect for tuning in to observe the lightest, darkest and midtones.
Have a watch of this free mini class where I show you how to go about painting this realistic watercolor butterfly:
I hope this video has inspired you and given you confidence on how to paint a butterfly in watercolor.
You can find more free mini classes on how to paint another realistic watercolor butterfly in a blue colour, and other realistic minibeasts including a shiny watercolor ladybug, squishy caterpillar and a cute, small watercolor bee.
And if you’d like to paint a butterfly in a loose style, check out this class.
I’d love to know if you’ve enjoyed this mini class, or felt inspired to paint your own butterfly after watching. Please do leave me a comment below to tell me! Hearing from you helps me to keep creating new classes.