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Extract from ARTrageous! • By Jennifer McCully • Published by Quarto

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ARTrageous!

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  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw a tree on the canvas with your pencil.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pick a bright color and paint the background with acrylic paint.
    Let some of the paint drip down one side of the canvas.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next paint the tree, using a small paintbrush to stay inside the lines.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 4
    Step 4

    Draw about 26 butterflies on rough watercolor paper, using a fine-point permanent black marker. Make them all different sizes, shapes, and patterns!

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add color to the butterflies with watercolor paint or thinned acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out the butterflies. They don’t need to perfect; it’s just fine to leave some of the white watercolor paper showing, especially around the antennae! Punch four holes in a zigzag pattern in the center of each butterfly.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use heavy-duty thread to stitch the butterflies onto the canvas in a random pattern.

  • How to make a collages. Watercolor Butterfly Tree - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you’d like, use a watercolor pencil or crayon to add a short message or phrase to complete your artwork!

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