20 Beautiful Watercolor Butterfly Painting Ideas

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These watercolor butterfly painting ideas are just beautiful. Now that spring is here, I find myself wanting to paint objects in nature, such as butterflies, flowers and birds.

I love using real objects for my painting references; however, when that’s not possible, using pictures or being inspired by painting references can also be a great inspiration.


1. Monarch Butterfly

If you love the monarch butterfly, you’ll love this simple watercolor painting of this beautiful butterfly. This is a great butterfly painting reference.

watercolor monarch butterfly
Image Credit: jodieostenfeldart

2. Wing Close-Up

Here’s an up close picture of a butterfly wing. You can watch a full video tutorial for painting this butterfly from Blushed Design.

butterfly wings

3. Watercolor Butterfly

I really love the gold lines that were added to this painting. Make sure you check out the artist to see more paintings.

easy watercolor butterfly

4. Lots of Butterflies

This painting is so fun and colorful. I think that this would look great framed and hung on your wall.

lots of butterflies
Image Credit: scrapallright

5. Emerald Butterfly

I love the colors that were chosen for this painting. In case you’re wondering, this is a painting of a large emerald butterfly.

watercolor emerald butterfly
Image Credit: asia.drawings

6. Background Flowers

This painting is insanely detailed and I love the addition of the floral tree in the background.

butterfly with floral background
Image Credit: emapantea.art

7. Feathers, Mushrooms and More

I adore the color palette that was chosen for this painting. A painting like this would make a great gift.

butterfly with mushrooms
Image Credit: ameriyadesign

8. Floral Wing

This butterfly painting is so creative and unique. This butterfly would look great using different colors too.

flower wings
Image Credit: _art_moments_

9. Monarch on Flower

I just love how it looks like the butterfly is standing on top of the flower. Check out Kateryna Savchenko to see a video of the making of the painting.

monarch on flower

10. Butterfly Wallpaper

This is actually a gorgeous butterfly wallpaper (for your home). Make sure you check out the artist to view more wallpaper designs.

butterfly wallpaper
Image Credit: walltime_creativepaper

11. Shades of Blue

Not only are these butterflies wonderful, I just love the color scheme that was chosen for them.

shades of blue
Image Credit: ami.kinasih

12. Blue and Yellow

This painting is actually a custom order. The finished painting came out so beautiful.

blue and yellow butterfly
Image Credit: aquarelaroseh

13. Creative with Watercolor

What a beautiful watercolor butterfly painting. I love the unique style of this artist.

Watercolor butterfly
Image Credit: artis_6446

14. Brown Stripes

This is the painting that I shared above, but without the floral background. Again, I find this to be such a stunning painting.

butterfly with brown stripes
Image Credit: emapantea.art

15. Elegant Butterflies

These butterflies are so creative and elegant. I love the art style used in this painting.

elegant butterfly
Image Credit: aureapen.calligraphy

16. How to Paint a Butterfly

Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to easily draw and paint your own simple butterfly.

how to paint a butterfly
Image Credit: dearannart

17. Different Angles

If you’re looking for a simple butterfly reference, I think you’ll love this painting that shows a butterfly from different angles.

butterfly different angle
Image Credit: eli.rmoreno

18. Blue and Gold Butterfly

I love the colors used to paint this beautiful blue and gold butterfly. This butterfly has a lot of detail, so this is definitely more of an advanced painting.

Blue and Gold Butterfly
Image Credit: emapantea.art

19. Butterflies and a House

Not only does this painting feature beautiful butterflies, but it also includes a cute little house where the butterflies appear to be coming from the chimney.

butterflies and house
Image Credit: isa_l.eau

20. Three Step Tutorial

Learn how to paint this beautiful purple and black butterfly in three easy steps with this simple tutorial.

three step butterfly tutorial
Credit: atelier_amateur

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