365 Days of Art, Week 14

Updated: Apr 5, 2020

So what's with 365 Days of art?

It's all about inspiration and a love of creating. I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do, this week butterfly heaven, Day 69.

Learn how to create gorgeous watercolour and ink butterflies. But if that doesn't take your fancy there's also experiments with pencil crayons, flower patterns and trying not to breck space and time with Day 68.

I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie.

I also have a Facebook page thingy-majiggy. If you like what I do, then head on over and give us a like, you'll never miss out that way.

Day 66

Task; Fill the squares with different marks

What can I say... sometimes I follow instructions. Don't get used to this though.

Day 67

Task; Pattern time.

So some computer magic on this gorgeous little pattern. God I love my scanner.

Day 68

Task: Draw your hand, drawing.

If I break the space-time continuum with this inverted head screw and I get sucked into a the void, tell my family... I left the oven on.

Day 69

Task: Continue creating your own patterns.

So, not that I wasn't well into yet more patterns, I thought I'd use this task to have a go at something I've been mulling over for a while now. Watercolour and ink butterflies. I'm sort on on point, I mean butterflies are covered in patterns, smug beautiful bastards.

What you'll need

  • A piece of thickish paper, plus the watercolour paper you'll need for the art itself.

  • A pencil and waterproof black ink pen, (I use Uni fine line pens, no; 0.1)

  • Watercolours and a paintbrush.

  • A white gel pen.

Step 1

Cheat time. Draw one half of a butterfly on a separate piece of paper and cut out. You can use this as your template to create a whole butterfly. Draw in pencil around the butterfly and then flip it over and do the other side. Fill in the pattern and then ink out baby.

Top Tip; don't fill in one wing and then move onto the other. Each time you add an pattern element do the same on the other side, it's easier to keep the pattern as perfect as possible that way.

Step 2

Create a light paint wash for the background and then for the love of the Gods, let it dry.

Step 3

Once everything is drier than my mary after watching a Nigel Farage interview, fill in the wings. Remember watercolours like to move so fill the wings with a light dampness and shimmy those paints around. Cha cha cha.

Leave to dry on a flat surface and once it's good to go get your gel pen out and dab away. (I also added a touch of pink because I'm a fucking show-off, bow before me.)

Day 70

Task: Experiment with different art materials, get your colouring pencils at the ready.

This was great... pencil crayons aren't something I normally mess around with; too childish for the likes of this 30+ greying lady fuzz, swearing mama-jama.

How wrong I was.

The trick is a good old rubber and a strong technique...woof woof.

Rubbing at some of the pencil lines creates a softer look, give it a go, it's a lot easier than painting.

That's it folks

... Join me next week when dip my toe in the dark side, draw the weather and get funky with nature.

But if you can't wait, here is where it all began Week 1.

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