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Learn to Paint Realistic Watercolor Butterflies

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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9 Videos (1h 25m)
    • Introduction

    • Finding Butterfly Inspiration

    • Supplies

    • Practice Sketching

    • Choosing a Subject and Mixing Paint

    • Painting a Blue Butterfly

    • Painting a Red Butterfly

    • Painting a Green Butterfly

    • Your Project


About This Class

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and magical visitors to my garden, always bringing me joy with their presence. They also lend themselves beautifully to watercolor and make striking illustrations when rendered realistically.


In this class I will share:

  • How/where I find inspiration/subjects/models for painting realistic watercolor butterfly illustrations
  • The materials I use for my watercolor paintings
  • Tips for sketching to help you get a feel for the shapes/patterns of butterflies
  • How to choose subjects so you'll be most successful and how to mix paint to match
  • My process for painting butterflies with watercolor:
    • Creating an initial sketch on the watercolor paper
    • Preparing the sketched paper for paint
    • Putting down initial color washes
    • Adding details
    • Finishing the painting

This class is designed to give beginning watercolorists the confidence and skills to be successful at painting realistic butterfly illustrations.

38 of 38 students recommendSee All

Just the best! I love your beautiful butterflies! So precise and lovely! You take such care with color mixing too. Thank you!
Even though I am having trouble viewing the full class,I have greatly enjoyed what I have seen. I will keep coming back and try to view the blue butterfly. I am getting a lot from the commentary as she paints. I highly recommend this class.
Even though this class is titled, "Learn to Paint Realistic Watercolor Butterflies," it encourages students to trust their own personal rendering of the subjects, while observing a photo or the actual butterfly wing.
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Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer

For a long time I denied my identity as an artist, but in 2010 I decided to reclaim it.

Regaining my creativity didn't quite work out as I had planned. In truth, on my first attempt at leaping for my dreams I fell flat on my face. That experience, though painful, has put me on what I call a Mission of Beauty and Joy.

Today I work as a watercolor artist.

I strive to create something each day and am passionate about encouraging you to embrace your creativity...

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