- Freedom Prompts + Sidekick
- Stone textures: Juxtaposing texture and colour in your work
- Flowers of Freedom with the Gelli Plate
- Joy Notes and being inspired by yourself
- The Freedom to Get Inspired From Art History
- It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites
- Liberate yourself through abstract art (Perfectionism is an illusion)
- Playing with Masks: Using Masking with Acrylic Mediums to Create Layered Spreads
- Paint a Flutter of Ethereal Watercolour Butterflies
- Collography: Printing with Texture
- Hand Lettering Bold Statements
Paint a Flutter of Ethereal Watercolour Butterflies
Hi Messians, this is Clare with my final tutorial as a Get Messy creative team member and what an amazing year it has been! It has been so great to be able to work with you all and be a part of such a brilliant team.
For the Season of Freedom I am going to show you how I have been painting butterflies using very wet watercolour paints to get all kinds of patterns and textures.
There are so many ways to use butterflies in your art journal and they add joy and drama to any page. What could be better than adding your own painted butterflies to your pages.
Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a ‘flutter’? How perfect is that!
- Watercolour paints in colours of your choice
- Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes with a good tip
- Watercolour paper – hot (smooth) or cold (textured) press, whichever you prefer
- A palette to mix and prepare your paint on
- Fresh clean water
- Pencil if you want to sketch your shapes before painting
- Paper to write names on
- Pen or typewriter to letter your names
These butterflies allow you to experiment with watercolour techniques and they are going to look amazing whether you have perfectly even wings and designs, or a more organic feel to your work. Be prepared for some wonderful surprises when your butterflies dry and the full effects are clear.
Be patient and don’t be afraid to experiment!
- Use a selection of colours and experiment with the effects and mixes.
- Use different paper to paint on, hot press instead of cold press or vice versa.
- Cut out your butterflies to add to journal pages.
- Photocopy your butterflies and cover a journal page with them.
Clare is originally from the north of England and has lived in the mid-west of America since 2003. Her workplace is the local library where she is a part time librarian, which is good because she loves books. Her favourite part of art journaling is the opportunity to create with no pressure and usually no finished idea in mind and the chance to create a sketchbook and fill it up however she wants!