Butterfly and Thistle

How To Do Glowing Color, Dark Loose Washes and Realistic Thistle

Butterfly and Thistles is for intermediate level painters.

Dark backgrounds are striking!

This lesson show you exactly how to get a dark background (it can be a bit messy.) Many students did blue or purple in their backgrounds instead of black, and often they did several coats of paint to get the desired darkness.

Thistles - You'll learn how to do a three dimensional thistle with soft edges using several different methods.

While butterflies LOVE thistles, some students don't, so I included links to several different reference photos. Feel free to have your butterfly on your favorite flower instead.

Your Painting Doesn't Have To Look Exactly Like Mine

Intermediate lessons demonstrate advanced techniques that are great to add to your arsenal, but having the choice of painting something you love can make it much more successful!

Happy Painting! Let the butterflies multiply!

Your Instructor

Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.

Course Curriculum

  Painting Tips, More Butterflies and Downloads
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  Part One Butterfly Video
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  Butterfly Video Part Two
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