My friend Barbi, who would have turned 75 today, was an incredible human being. Through the years she became my ‘go-to’ person whenever I needed a sounding board. Barbi was one of the most intelligent, creative, passionate and opinionated people I have ever known. We shared a love of letters and late-night conversations, and until late last year when her health began a precipitous decline, we spoke several times a week. She was a constant source of information and inspiration, and I miss her more than I can say.
Barbi loved bright colors (especially purple), and as a thirty + year cancer survivor she was especially fond of butterflies. I thought that painting ‘rainbow butterflies’ would be a fitting way to honor Barbi on her birthday. Here are a few examples of what I did:
I could almost hear Barbi saying “Don’t forget to take step-by-step photos!”. Here are the steps you can use to create your own rainbow butterflies.
STEP 1: Pick your favorite butterfly and print it out on 90 lb watercolor paper USING A LASER PRINTER (because the ink in inkjet printers will run if you get it wet).
STEP 2: In the right wing of your butterfly, make marks with Sakura’s yellow, orange, pink & lavender Koi Coloring Brush pens. This technique works best if you apply the marks in rainbow order.
STEP 3: Use a water brush to blend the marker strokes together.
STEP 4: In the left wing of your butterfly, make marks with Sakura’s purple, blue, teal and green Koi Coloring Brush pens.
STEP 5: Use a water brush to blend the marker strokes together.
STEP 6: Use the colors that you put in the left wing to color around the right side of the butterfly.
STEP 7: Use the colors that you put in the right wing to color around the left side of the butterfly.
STEP 8: Starting with one of the ‘seams’, take your water brush and blend the colors together. Work in a clockwise motion until you get back to where you started.
Here is another example:
After painting the butterfly I used Sakura’s Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens to add sparkle.
I even added some clear glitter into the background before using the water brush to blend the colors.
I’d love to see your version of Barbi’s butterflies. Please post what you do in our Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1471158256528576/.
Before signing off tonight I want to wish Color & Creativity Enthusiast Toni Popkin a very happy birthday this Thursday (June 30th). Toni, I’ll be posting your card next week.