Butterfly in alcohol ink and acrylic paint

I loved this saying when I saw it online: “Don’t be afraid. Change can be beautiful,” said the butterfly. That was my prompt to paint something that would complement it.

First, I outlined a butterfly in pencil on a plain ceramic tile.

I wanted to do some experimenting with alcohol ink, so I used black acrylic paint to outline the butterfly, creating a “border” that would contain the drips of alcohol ink in each section.

Once the acrylic was dry, I dripped different colours of ink into each white space on the wings. It took me several hours, on and off, to arrive at the colour mix that I wanted, but it was worth it. It kind of looks like stained glass up close. The acrylic paint did a very good job of containing the alcohol ink within each section.

To add the saying, I just did hand lettering with a super-fine marker.

Last step — I sprayed it with a clear sealant.

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