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Daisy and Butterfly Canvas Painting

By: Sowmya
September 14, 2020

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Daisy and Butterfly Canvas Painting
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This elegant daisy and butterfly painting captures the beauty of Summer. Paint your own using our DecoArt® Traditions™ Artist Acrylics and Traditions Brushes.

Items needed:

  • 8x10 Stretched Canvas
  • 3/4 Oval Brush TB51 for the background
  • 12 Filbert Brush TB44
  • 1/4 Angle Brush TB72
  • #3 Round Brush TB21
  • Pine Green DAT19
  • Ultramarine Blue DAT26
  • Medium Grey Value 6 DAT40
  • Hansa Yellow DAT14
  • Yellow Oxide DAT56
  • Naphthol Red Light DAT03
  • Extender and Blending Medium DATM02
  • Medium White DAT37
  • Titanium White DAT35
  • Opaque White DAT 57
  • Burnt Sienna DAT44
  • Black DAT42
  • Glazing Medium DATM01
  • Satin Vanish DATM04
  • White Gesso DTAM07
  • downloadable PDF pattern


Prepare canvas with 2 coats of Gesso sanding between the 2 coats. Let dry.

Mottled background:
It is a wet on wet blending of two or more colors softly. It creates movement and adds dimension to the composition. Add Extender to the canvas and wipe it with the paper towel so it is not too wet. With a large Filbert Brush apply enough paint.

Apply Pine Green from the edges. Add Medium White to the center towards the upper right corner. Pinch wipe the brush and start blending/softening the two colors. Add
Ultramarine Blue to the edges to darken them. Again blend and soften.

Instruction #2 - butterfly1
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Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the background.

Basecoat the daisy with Medium Grey Value 6.

Basecoat the center of the daisy with Hansa Yellow, in a stippling motion. Use the Round Brush to do this.

Basecoat the white, black, and brown (yellow oxide) areas of the butterfly. 

Apply extender to the daisy and apply several layers of White to the petals. This
should be light and very thin so the gray will show in-between.

Shade the edges of the back petal grey to set them back. You can also apply a wash of the background color to the back petals to distance them.

Center of Daisy:
Stipple Burnt Sienna under the butterfly and towards the lower part of the daisy and around the edges. Stipple Hansa Yellow on top for the highlight. Blend the two.


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Add the black lines with a liner. Side load Naphthol Red Light on the tip of ¼
angle and float on the top edges of the Yellow Oxide. Do the same for the antenna as
well. Go over the white spots with Opaque White.

Apply a very light wash of blue, yellow, or green on the petals near the center
and here and there. Varnish after it is dry.

Hope you’ve enjoyed painting this as much as I have enjoyed creating this.

Instruction #8 - butterflymain31
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I love this art project! I am pinning this one for a winter quarantine stuck inside project! Thank you for sharing!

Tracy at Letter Create

September 14, 2020

Hello Tracy, We have added the pattern in the "Items Needed" list above. Happy painting!


September 17, 2020

Thank you for sharing these awesome tips and techniques.

Jim C Nicely

May 29, 2021

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