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Watercolour Butterfly Canvas

Our in-house creative, Louise Dunbar, has been using Brea Reese Inks to produce a colourful canvas. This fantastic project is an easy way to add eye-catching colour to your home decor - check out Louise's step-by-step instructions, and have a go yourself!

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Canvas
  • Stencil
  • Texture paste
  • Brea Reese watercolour inks and brushes
  • Heat gun
  • Butterfly die
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Black ink
  • Low tack tape
  • Spritzer bottle


  1. Tape down your stencil in one of the corners using low tack tape. Apply the texture paste to the canvas through the stencil, peel off carefully, and repeat on opposite corner. Set this with a heat gun.

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  3. Once the texture paste is dry, spread a little of each of the watercolour inks along the top of the canvas

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  5. Spray the canvas with water, then tip it up to allow the ink to run all the way down the canvas.

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  7. Add more ink and water, and turn the canvas as you tip it, until the whole area is covered in ink (it does muddy a little bit, but not too much!)

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  9. Take your watercolour brush and dip it into the desired colour of ink, then flick the bristles over the canvas to give it a splattered look. (This is messy, so it’s probably not a good idea to do this technique just before you go to a finger buffet!)

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  11. You can keep adding inks and splatters until you are happy with how the canvas looks.

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  13. I painted round the edges of the canvas using the violet colour; just dip your brush in the ink and paint. You can also fill the watercolour pens with the ink and use just like a brush, too!

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  15. Die-cut a butterfly and colour it in by using the inks as paints. When you are happy with how it looks, apply it to the bottom corner of your canvas and choose an appropriate quote or sentiment to complement your design. And voila! You now have a lovely piece of art to keep or gift!!

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