Watercolor Butterflies Activity

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Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Create a beautiful butterfly card for any occasion! Your child can use watercolors to paint butterflies, practicing “wet into wet” technique, adding wet paint details into wet paint to create delicate blending. The butterflies are cut out with a small white edge around them and glued onto vibrant cardstock which is folded in half to make a perfect delicate gift!

What You Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrushes (thick and thin for details)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Dip your brush into some watery paint and make a pair of butterfly wings on a sheet of white paper. Make sure they are no larger than half the size of the palm of your hand.
  2. While the wings are wet, choose a different color paint; dip a smaller brush in the paint and dab small dots into the wet butterfly wings. The paint will spread a little bit, making it more interesting. This is called, “wet into wet” painting.
  3. Let your butterfly dry completely. Then paint in a darker color for the butterfly body in between the wings and thin feelers coming out of the top of the body.
  4. Paint lots of butterflies on the same page. Continue using different color wings with different color dots. Let them all dry before you add the body and feelers.
  5. Fold the colored construction paper in half to make a card.
  6. Cut out your butterfly’s one at a time, carefully leaving a small white edge around the wings and feelers.
  7. Glue them down in your favorite pattern on the front of your card.
  8. Write a message to someone you love in the card and give it to them to brighten their day!
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.

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