How to Paint a Beautiful Big Butterfly for Your Garden

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
2 Materials
2 Hours

I found this wonderful laser cut wooden butterfly and thought it would be such a lovely addition to the garden to brighten up a fence.

Laser cut wooden butterfly
Get your Laser cut butterfly water colour pencils

I choose to use the water colour pencils as I find them easy and cleaner than acrylics as brushes but of course you can choose to do it that way with equally good results.

Laser cut wooden butterfly
Begin painting your butterfly

I choose to paint the outer edge firstly and let it dry before building up next layer of colour. The water colour pencils are so easy just dip the nib I to water and begin painting.

Edge with colour
Continue to paint design

I keep on colour and pattern with a blend of dark and light contrasting shades.

Painting butterfly

I use circles and try and create a balanced design on the wings.

Colour the butterfly
Spray protective top coat

When I’ve finished the design and it’s dry I lay the butterfly onto the grass and I use a spray fixative protective top coat.

Spray protective top coat

And lastly I hang up the butterfly in various places in my garden .

Painted garden Butterfly
Painted garden butterfly
Painted Butterfly
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