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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by tamarielpaints on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:26 pm

elantaura wrote:Ok trying to step outside my comfort zone. and sharing my learning curb.

These ones I am not too happy with it feels as though something went wrong

This one although ok I think for lack of a better term. looks too bird like
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This one I think its the sucky line work as I was trying something I know I am not too good at. I.e. the whole white and flower thing I have seen done so well by others. and keeping within 5 mins (my daughter perfers 3 mins)I think its missing somthing but don't know what

The flower one really bothers me as I am not seeing it. and feel I am missing something, mabye it's adding something, I don't know basically it feels as though something is off. As opposed to the top one which I just think dosn't work well together.
(I don't get any say in the choice of colour, mabye that is the issue)

I thought I would add one from a job the other day that I posted on facebook - I was flat out at this job, but I thought it gave a good, havana sunset colour array for those interested earlier.
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Elantura -
If I may make a suggestion regarding the flower one. I think that the top (above the eyes) is excellent. The antennae look good, linework looks clean, and your dot placement is good.

IMO, the off feeling comes from the bottom half of the design. The lower wing becomes close to the nose and with the addition of the flowers you lost the sharp diagonal line that is popular with most butterflies (and you have more of a sharp angle on the top). This made the design look slightly "boxy".

Try moving the flowers into a diagonal line to make it slant farther away from the nose and life the flowers up higher to give the bottom half of the design a more triangular (rather than square) look.

Alternatively, you can make the butterfly wings end higher up on the cheekbones. I find that a square butterfly looks better if it's smaller.

Does my rambling make sense?
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by elantaura on Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:20 pm

Trying to make sense of it LOL...

I really stuggle with this type always have why I don't normally paint it. I want too, I just find it difficult to get - flow. I definatley think you have a point with the flowers at the bottom loosing that line. I want to do this as its really hard for me the flowery ones but The placement drives me nuts.

I like a slightly smaller butterfly too. once I get the basics of this type I will pull it in, as bad as it sounds I need it bigger to get it to start with (on that note not to good at cheek art - lol ) then once I "get" the structure rules if you know what I mean, then I can pull in. And that bottom right wing dose look like a box now you mention it - hmm why didn't I see that before? sigh

Thanks.

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Post by tamarielpaints on Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:27 pm

Sue -

Try placing the flowers withIN the butterfly rather than on the line.

I've seen some awesome Marcela Murad ones that use that technique....lemme search my inspiration file...
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by tamarielpaints on Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:28 pm

Not quite the picture I was talking about, but this might give you the idea:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=498915655557&set=a.462763465557.249035.806065557&type=3&theater
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by elantaura on Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:38 pm

I think... I get it. time will tell, and will have a look at Marcella. I have been meaning too just trying not to copy so kind of want to but didn't want to look. I might have to with this to start with as it is doing my head in. I try then give up for a few months - have been doing that for about a year and a half e.g. try, then give up, try, give up
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by loveallyourart on Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:47 am

What a beautiful and easy butterfly Glided Cat!
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by l!zzie on Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:46 am

Used my sunset sky for the first tme today.. Love it!!

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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by Carmen (Sweet Illusions) on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:38 am

Beautiful colors Lizzie,
where did you buy thst one?
I'm also from Holland, so was just wandering.. was is from DAgrime?
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by l!zzie on Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:49 am

No, it was a temporary offer from colours grime!
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Post by Carmen (Sweet Illusions) on Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:51 am

Oh I bought my fairy fly kit from there. Great stuff
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by loveallyourart on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:59 pm

Beautiful L!zzie! Did you use a sponge or flatbrush to make the butterfly shape?
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by AuntiAngi on Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:52 am

Mirandas wrote:
I SUCK PAINTING BUTTERFLIES!!

Butterflies are the most popular and easiest design that I do so often. Its worth taking the time practicing even if its only on your own face, because almost every kid/ little girl has seen them and man do they want them. I painted an angry birds bday party recently and took hours on coming up with designs for there to be one boy and a host of girls and they could careless about an angry bird. I had a display of my work too they all wanted butterflies. I dont think there are actual rules to making a butterfly just like with any art.. Its about what makes you feel good, what you are comfortable with and what is pretty. Very Happy
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by l!zzie on Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:15 am

Thank you, Jerica! I used a sponge!
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by ninaschau on Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:47 pm


heres a butterfly i did last week at a jam
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by ninaschau on Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:49 pm

i used the TAG demure split cake, and blended the sides after lining with blacl
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by smileonyu on Mon May 27, 2013 11:16 pm

Man is this an old thread! It's amazing to see the progression of the butterflies in the fp world. I will have a butterfly b-party this Saturday, and you guys all gave great inspirations! Thanks! Here are a few of my fluttering flies:


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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by Katurah on Tue May 28, 2013 12:17 am

Everyone's butterflies are so beautiful! Here are some of my latest!





One done for body painting practice:

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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by Sneezle on Tue May 28, 2013 4:13 am

smileonyu lovely butterfly's. I love the shaded one the most. Gorgeous!!!

Katurah, your havannah sunset butterfly's is lovely. Acually all of your butterfly's are lovely. Very Happy

Here are a few butterfly's from me....













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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by CottonKandyClown on Tue May 28, 2013 6:18 am

Here are my two latest I did last week Smile


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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by Sneezle on Tue May 28, 2013 6:57 am

The're beautiful!!!
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by elantaura on Tue May 28, 2013 11:56 pm

I have not done many new ones lately.I've been having fun with cat designs instead. and a few other things.

But I did this in star blends and was happy as it was my second attempt with star blends ever. (As My first attempt with them, was so so bad I packed them away for a year) It was taken on a camera phone so not the best picture

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beautiful every one!!

and Katurah you have come a long way, you must be proud Very Happy been watching you grow over facebook too Smile
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Post by Katurah on Tue May 28, 2013 11:59 pm

Thank you Sneezle and Sue! Very Happy

Sneezle, love your butterflies! Especially the ones with shadows.

Kandy, love those butterflies as well! The colors are beautiful! What did you use to line the second one?

Sue, gorgeous!
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by AshleaHenson on Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:58 pm

Here's a link to my basic butterfly tutorial. It's such an easy design, very quick also -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVQW7ZNXaWw
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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by carol mahar on Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:03 pm

I always have a hard time with butterflies myself!! Sometimes I think I'm doing a really bad job and they end up just loving it no matter how much I mess up!! Just add a jewel to anything and it really makes the face!!!

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Re: I suck at butterflies!!!

Post by A New Face on Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:40 pm



Super simple under 3 min. My Go to butterflies
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