How to Draw a Butterfly: 4th in The Series

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This tutorial takes you through step-by-step how to draw a butterfly.

Once you have drawn the wings on the Right, just transfer the Right side over to the Left side of the body to get a symmetrical butterfly.

Getting the symmetry as close as possible is important when drawing butterflies because it's part of the design and appeal of these "flying flowers".

how to draw a butterfly for your paper art and crafts projects

Click here for a tutorial on creating this beautiful butterfly card using the drawing or pattern seen just above on this page. It makes a lovely Mother's Day card with a fabric sort of look to it for moms who like to sew!

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Draw the foundation of the butterfly first and then make changes a little bit at a time.

  • Take notice of the angle of the wings. The top one is pointed upward at about a 45 degree angle (A).
  • The bottom wing is pointed at a sharper downward angle than the top (B). 

This wing foundation is the most common one found. You can begin with it as your base and add different types of detail to create many different butterfly variations.

how to draw a butterfly wing
  • Draw the body first (A).
  • Transform the top wing by erasing the edge and replacing it with wavy lines (B).
  • The wavy lines are on both sides (C & D) of the bottom wing.
  • Erase the bottom of the wing and draw in the two teardrop shapes for the "tails" (E). 

Make sure that the tails drop down at the same angle as the bottom wing to keep the "flow" of the wing in tact.

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  • Draw in the wavy "band" on the inside edge of the top wing (A), and the bottom (B).
  • Place the two circles on the bottom and three circles on the top wing (C & D).
  • The antenna (E) has a similar curve as the top of the wing.

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  • Place the two circles located in the middle of each wing (A).
  • Draw the lines radiating outward from the circles (B & C).

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  • Draw in the larger shapes (A, B, C & D). 

The shape located at (C) is only partial because part of it is hidden behind the top wing.

The wing has been transformed from the two base shapes and now has interesting detail. It can be easy to draw butterflies for your Papercrafts, if you just add the different elements one step at a time.

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When learning how to draw a butterfly for your Paper Art and crafts, remember that it's important to have the wings symmetrical.

I have found that the best, and easiest, way to do this it to make a mirror image of the wing that you just drew. 

Transfer the right side of your butterfly to the left to make a mirror image (click here to learn how).

This flying flower can be shaded or used in a butterfly Paper Art project.

If you need a printable version of this butterfly for either your Papercrts project or to help with drawing, click here.

Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!


~~~Samantha Mariah

how to draw a heart

Would you like to learn how to draw a playful heart following a step-by-step tutorial? These hearts are easy and are great fun to use in arts and crafts projects!

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