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Butterfly Art

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Professional artist Elida Field stopped by with a happy art project simple enough to do with your kids!

Colorful Butterflies

June is here and everything is in full bloom! The sleeping forest awakens once again with life for summer. Fly into summer by creating a beautiful butterfly with gelatos or water soluble oil pastels. Butterflies are so diverse in color, shape, and size that almost anything goes! It’s a fun project where the whole family can create together without having to purchase a lot of supplies and the end result is beautiful.

Materials:

  • Gelatos or water soluable oil pastels (regular oil pastels can work too if you don’t use water)
  • Water Color Paper
  • 3/4 angled brush, water and paper towels


Making Colorful Butterflies:

Butterflies are symmetrical, so whatever you do to one side, do on the other. However, these are artistic butterflies, so anything goes! Just have fun playing with the shapes and filling your page with color.

1. Turn your paper horizontally, and using a darker color draw a circle the size of a dime or nickel in the center of the paper.

2. Draw a curved line down and around to create the torso, and one longer curved line below that ends with a little point for the bottom of the body. You can add a few curved line on the bottom portion.

3. At the base of the circle, draw a large curved line up and all the way to the edge of the paper. Repeat on the left.

4. Take that curved line and continue it down and curve it back towards the middle of the body. Repeat on the left.

5. At the point where the line ends on the body, start the next curved line and take it out, down to the bottom right corner and back around to the middle of the body. Repeat on the left.

6. Go back to the first wing you created and draw your pattern. Repeat the same pattern on the left.

7. Now create a pattern on the bottom right wing and do the same on the left.

8. Start by filling in the body with color, using a dark, medium, and light and blending lightly with your finger or you can use a wet brush to move the colors together.

9. Fill in the wings with different colors, overlapping the colors and blending them with your finger.

10. Block in the entire background with a contrasting color (If you used cool colors for the butterfly, try using a warm color as the background color).

11. Finally, use black to add the antennae, veins, and to clean up the edges if you’d like. Using the black is not necessary, you can always use the same color and just outline the parts that need it. Sign your name and display your painting! Hang up your masterpiece and enjoy!

For a chance to win one of Elida's butterflies, visit www.elidaart.com!