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Bougainvillea Butterfly on Canvas

May 3, 2016

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Bougainvillea Butterfly on Canvas
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We have a beautiful garden at the ranch and part of it includes some incredible Bougainvilleas which the butterflies love!

Watching the dance of the flowers with the butterflies this spring inspired me to create this Bougainvillea Butterfly canvas!! 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Vermillion Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Purple
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Blue Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Violet Interference
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference - Turquoise Interference
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Medium Grey
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Ice Crystal
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Black Ice
  • 8 x 10 Cotton Canvas
  • Weathered Wood Stencil
  • Perspective Stencil
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Assorted Pens
  • Butterfly Stamp


Gather your materials.

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Apply gesso to the entire surface you are using.

Use DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and the Weathered Wood stencil.  You could also accomplish a similar look using DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium.

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When dry, add DecoArt Metallic Lustre – lightly rubbing across the top of the crackle medium. I used my finger tip but you can use a brush, baby wipe or towel. After your first light coat, you can see the lovely texture better. Then add more of the original color or other metallic luster colors so it looks like wood grain. 

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After drawing in a few of the flowers, the painting began. I was concerned about the placement of the leaves around the post, so I began with those. You could also use stencils, stamps, or trace your floral design onto the canvas. In fact, my butterfly is a Stampers Anonymous Stencil. 

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This is how the painting looked after the first round of paint application. 

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The background was fun! I used a sponge stipple brush with DecoArt Media Raw Sienna and Medium Grey Antiquing Cream. I love the Antiquing Cream... proof: I have emptied an entire bottle of my fav two colors very quickly!

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe but it seems the more layers of paint – the more lovely your artwork becomes. In this case, I just had to have some shimmer added and it seemed that the flowers needed some improvement too!

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Here are some additional photos. 

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I hope you can see some of the shimmer!

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And finish with your choice of DecoArt Media Varnish!

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Thanks bunches for “painting” with me today! DecoArt products never fail to come through for me in my creative process. Sure hope you will be inspired to play with yours today! You can find more photos and details on my blog!

Be sure to visit Joi@RR  for more projects and to learn more about Joi@RR.


Beautiful! :o)


May 3, 2016

Joi, your painting is superb, gorgeous - a delight to behold! I love the colours you used for the Bougainvillea, it just reminds me of holidays in Greece - absolutely stunning. Congratulations again on joining the talented team at DecoArt too! x

Anne R

May 3, 2016

WOW! You did a fantastic job on your canvas.

Natalie Godfrey

May 3, 2016

Wow Joi this is a stunning canvas full of wonderful colours and is a fabulous design. I love how you have been inspired by the gorgeous flowers on the ranch, you have depicted them beautifully. What a brilliant first project for the team and I'm so glad we are travelling this journey together, you are an artistic inspiration to me. Xxx

Brenda Brown

May 4, 2016

I really enjoyed this Joi. Loved seeing your ranch and flowers as well. Wonderful job!

ursula wollenberg

May 4, 2016

An amazing piece from Joi, she is a fantastic artist!!


May 4, 2016

Your painting is fabulous! Such vibrant colours and I loVe your inspiration! Chrisx


May 5, 2016

Such a fabulous, cheerful work of art from Joi! The colors are so rich and textures on that "wood" railing are unbelievable! I could have been happy at your "before" canvas, but that's what sets you apart as an amazing artist! Hugs!

sara emily

May 6, 2016

Love the vibrancy of the colours and your flowers are gorgeous along with the butterfly. Lovely first piece. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

May 9, 2016

Beautiful piece, lovely colors and design! Congratulations on being a part of the team!

Nancy Williams

May 10, 2016

Joi this is absolutely stunning! Such beautiful colours and your flowers are awesome! Love every little detail. Looking forward to more beautiful creations from you. Fliss xx


May 10, 2016

An amazing canvas, Joi! You really managed to capture that "sunny" feel that makes the flowers shine even more! A fantastic project! Claudia x


May 10, 2016

Vivid and love the steps photos, before and after. Very beautiful and terrific post. Clear, concise and gorgeous.


May 11, 2016

Joi, what a gorgeous canvas. So beautiful.

Karenliz Henderson

May 11, 2016

Gorgeous Canvas Joi, love the colours you really captured the beauty of your inspiration What a beautiful garden Love this, love your Art Jools x

Jools Robertson

May 12, 2016

Beautiful canvas, Joi!. I enjoyed watching your process! TFS

Barbara Rankin

May 12, 2016

Well done Joi! Such a beautiful painting and the step out is much appreciated. It is clear to see where your inspiration comes from!


May 12, 2016

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