How to paint butterflies

butterfly painting
(Image credit: Kate Osborne)

Nature offers so much inspiration for art. I began painting butterflies after a visit to my local natural history museum in Brighton, where I was able to access drawers and drawers of beautiful and fragile specimens.

After seeing the butterflies up close, I felt particularly inspired  to recreate some of the interesting textures. There are many ways to do this, and one way is to paint through tissue. This conveys some of that less-than-perfect, crumbling texture at the edges of the wings. It’s also fun, and like the best how to draw tutorials, has results that are a little unpredictable and exciting.

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Kate Osborne

Painter Kate is also a textile designer and figurative artist whose subject matter is the natural world.