Butterfly – Painted Lady


Learn to paint this lovely Painted Lady Butterfly using masking fluid, layers, wet in wet, washes, stippling and dry brush.  We will start by applying a background and will then move on to the exquisite detail and muted colours within the wings.   I will guide you through each step to ensure that you understand how all the elements fit together in order to produce this finished painting.  All this alongside a range of other watercolour techniques.


Painted Lady Butterfly – Watercolour Lesson

This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this stunning butterfly in a matter of minutes! You will receive a 25 page PDF document which is set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines, but you get lots more whole page photos of the different stages.


Have a go at the Painted Lady tutorial and then perhaps use the techniques to paint your own favourite species of butterfly



Downloadable lessons enable you to work at your own speed, you can dip in and out of the content, you can spend time studying the fine details and practise the various techniques as often as you like.   

Get yourself ready…….you will need the following:
Brushes:  Sizes 00, 1, 5 & 12 & a crushed, split brush (not necessary).
Paper:  Bockingford NOT cold pressed, medium texture, (250mm x 210mm or 8.25” x 9.75”).
Masking fluid:  SAA Blue 
Paints:  Winsor & Newton: Yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, French ultramarine, indigo, cadmium orange, lemon yellow, opera rose, raw sienna & lamp black. SAA opaque white (or white gouache will be fine).
If you don’t have the exact materials, please don’t worry, something similar should be fine.