Watercolour butterfly tutorial

Watercolour butterfly Heather Telford

Believe it or not here is my second tutorial for the year and it’s still January! You will see in the video I am using a different watercolour block to the one I usually use. It is 7″x 10″ so I divided it into four panels to create four little watercolour pictures. Only two will end up on the blog, this one and a little snowscape. The other two were tossed. I flicked masking fluid over the watercolour paper before I began filming the tutorial. Embarrassingly the panel was not centred  at the beginning of the video but I corrected it after a minute or so. You can see that some of the ink seeped under the painter’s tape I masked with. I didn’t crop that out because I thought it added to the whole “vintage-found it in the attic” feel of the card. As you know usually I would not mat with a patterned panel but I just wanted more of the lovely elderberry & cantaloupe colour combo so it is a little busier than my usual.

Stamps:  Soft Wings,  Decadence, Schizea (PB)
Inks: Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rich Cocoa, Elderberry, Olive Grove (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: CartieraMagnani 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid

21 Comments on “Watercolour butterfly tutorial”

  1. Beverly Railey Robinson says:

    It’s lovely! It’s very different from your other cards. I’m more a green and blue and purple kind of person, but I can’t wait to try this. Thank you.

  2. marilyn418 says:

    What a treat to watch you in action! Absolutely stunning work…you set the bar way too high for me, but I certainly enjoy your talent and appreciate you sharing it with all of us.

  3. Janj says:

    I love the matting as much as the butterfly! Thanks for all the inspiration. I am definitely going to give this a try! WoW we are so lucky to get a 2nd video.
    Thank you Heather!

  4. I love it! J’adore cette carte et cette technique. Merci beaucoup! Thank you so much!

  5. konarose says:

    Thank you so much Heather. It really helps me to see the video and appreciate all your time and effort in creating this for us. Totally beautiful watercolour!

  6. Paula B says:

    G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S watercolor card!!!

  7. Miek says:

    This is a very nice card . The tutorial is great. I love it. Have a niceday greetings Miek

  8. Pitchoune57 says:

    thank you for the tutorial, bye from France

  9. Sandy M says:

    So beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

  10. bonnielynnh says:

    oh Heather this is beautiful, thanks so much for the tutorial!

  11. I just loved watching this come together, the excitement of colours blending, the unknown finish and watching the splattering of ink over your butterfly just took the fear of doing the same away. Really enjoyable tutorial and a stunning card! May I ask what size brushes you normal use and are they sable or or synthetic like Prolene? Thank you!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Anne,
      The brush I used at the beginning to paint water then background colour is a 1′ Holbein series 500 synthetic sable (Taklon) which feels very nice to use. The smaller brush that I used to add colour (probably not a good choice as the bristles were too long) was a Dynasty Series 1827 Faux Squirrel Rigger size 2, also synthetic.

      ps. splattering is fun but sometimes one can go too far…I just did 😉

  12. Lindsey says:

    The background sets off this watercolour butterfly so perfectly. Another beautiful card, Heather!

  13. Love it! Learning so much watching you. Thanks for sharing these watercolor videos!

  14. lesliekmiller says:

    Wonderful tutorial, Heather, and a beautiful card! I honestly didn’t know you could watercolor with Memento inks. You inspire me hugely!

  15. Antje says:

    I so love this card! It is truly wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial, you encouraged me to use the technique. Love how you first let the image melt on the wet paper and later made another image in the more dry paper – gorgeous effect!

  16. Elaine says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. Your artistry takes stamping to a totally different level and I am in awe of what you are able to create.

  17. DENISE says:

    Thank you ! I enjoyed this video immensely !!! I am learning !

  18. Francine says:

    such a lovely work. You make it look so simple. thank you. I love watching your videos

  19. Nonni says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I love your artistic touch. This has a beautiful vintage look!

  20. Thanks for the fabulous video Heather! I love using this butterfly stamp and now you’ve inspired to try this technique! I wouldn’t have thought of stamping the image a second time – brilliant!

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