Monochromatic Butterfly

We love mixing paints for making colors...but this time we learned how many colors we can make with just one color and black!

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    It's so fun to see how many pretty shades you can get -- just by adding black!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Maddie drew her butterfly, then divided it into sections to be painted.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We found it best to start with small puddles of pink, and Maddie began with just a couple of drops of black, gradually increasing as she went. She had five colors total.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Maddie now used a popsicle stick to mix the colors. You could even use the other end of the paintbrush.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Time to paint! "Ooooh -- this color is so pretty!" Maddie said, more than once.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    We let the butterfly dry, then Maddie cut it out...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    ...and pasted it onto another (similarly colored) piece of paper. So many beautiful shades!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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