Free Butterfly Printable and Watercolor Tutorial

I have a free butterfly printable for you and a tutorial showing you how I used it to paint some watercolor butterflies.

Use this free butterfly printable and follow the tutorial on to paint your own watercolor butterfly.Inspiration

I loved visiting Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale Arizona and couldn’t wait to paint some watercolor butterflies. Using the photos I took I drew a basic butterfly, scanned it and printed it on Mixed Media paper. Drawing isn’t my favorite part of the process. I am always anxious to get my paints out and start adding color. I decided if I had one good butterfly drawing I could use it to paint a variety of butterflies to frame or use as cards. You can download this free butterfly printable here.


Mixed Media Paper, Watercolors, Watercolor Brushes, Extra Fine Black Pen, White Gel Pen

Step by Step Tutorial Using Free Butterfly Printable

Step by Step tutorial to paint watercolor butterflies using free butterfly printable on myflowerjournal

1. Print the butterfly printable on 140# Mixed Media Paper. For my printer I trimmed the paper to 8 1/2 x 11.

2. Use an ultra fine marker or watercolor to go over the lines you want to use. I found the ink from my printer became so light after I did a watercolor wash I couldn’t see it very well to finish the butterfly details.

3. Keep adding color until you are happy with your butterfly. It works best to paint a layer, let it dry then add more paint. I used my butterfly photos as inspiration, but didn’t try to make an exact copy. It was more fun to be creative. In the example above you can see how my butterflies progressed from the ink and initial wash to adding more colors, details and splatters. The Koi Watercolor Set had the perfect blue for my blue butterfly.

4. Add more details with a fine black marker or white gel pen.

5. If you get some drops of paint on the background where you don’t want it add some decorative splatters and it will blend in.

6. Frame your butterfly art or use them as cards or postcards.

More Ideas

One more idea for a watercolor butterfly using the free butterfly printable and tutorial on myflowerjournal  After I finished this one I didn’t care for it. I put it away and didn’t look at it for a few days. I got it out when I was writing this post and decided it wasn’t that bad. It looks a little more like a moth than a butterfly. Sometimes it helps to step away from projects or put them away then look a them after time has passed.

Butterfly Books that will give you some ideas: Eat Sleep Fly by Maryjo KochMossy by Jan Brettblooms birds and butterflies

I would love to see what ideas you come up with. Share your creations on instagram #watercolorbutterfly.

Free Butterfly Printable Here!

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21 Responses to Free Butterfly Printable and Watercolor Tutorial

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. A few butterflies would make a lovely set of note cards. I would love for you to share this gem of a post on Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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