Painting a butterfly in watercolor

Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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10 Videos (1h 7m)
    • Introduction

    • Supplies

    • Drawing a realistic butterfly

    • Mixing colors

    • Watercolor wash

    • Adding texture and details

    • Finishing touches

    • Transferring the drawing with transfer paper

    • Painting stylized butterflies

    • Last Thoughts


About This Class

This class is suitable for beginners.

In this class, I will explain step by step how to draw and paint a stylized and a realistic looking butterfly. I will also explain how to mix a harmonious color scheme for your illustration, and how to achieve, an ethereal look in watercolor paintings. Also, I will show some ideas of art projects with painted butterflies, such as illustration, collage, nature journaling, craft projects, costume, and event decorating.  


In the class project, students will paint a butterfly of their choice, a realistic or a stylized one, the reference photos will be provided.

This class is geared toward designers, illustrators or nature sketchers who use watercolor or are attracted to watercolor media. The class is suitable for beginners, but also can be interesting for more advanced watercolorists.

47 of 48 students recommendSee All

Beautiful butterflies and great explanations and demonstrations for each. Thanks :-)
What beautiful work! Besides, Ms. Trzaskos takes the time to explain clearly how to mix colors, complementary colors, etc. all important information for creating beautiful artwork.l
Anabel Alexandra Ivancich

Graphic Design student at FADU-UBA





Irina Trzaskos

Watercolor Artist & Illustrator


Hi, I am Irina - watercolor artists and illustrator. I believe that life is a beautiful adventure.  I am from Moldova,  I work and live in Connecticut, US. I like sharing watercolor secrets through my classes, and one of my favorite things is being surrounded by creative, inspiring people.

Let's be friends! 

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