Lotus Pod Butterfly

Nicole Watson
July 24, 2018
December 4, 2017

Hello! It's Nicole Watson with Donna Downey's 2018 Artist Gang! 

This week I'm using Donna's lotus pod stencil to create a butterfly! As soon as I saw this stencil, I knew it would make the perfect butterfly wing.


First, I started by adding layers of collage with book pages, ephemera, and pattern tissue. Then, I used four of Donna's other stamps to add more interest to the background.

The scribble script was perfect to add the look of veining in the butterfly wings!

Then, I added warm colors of oranges, reds, and yellows to the wings. I contrasted the wings with the teal background - these complementary colors play off each other beautifully.

A bunch of splatters, dots, and details with fine liner bottles add extra dimension to the wings and butterfly body. Some rub ons here and there, and more touch ups with black and the fine liner bottle just about finished the piece.

Wild & Free

The final touch was added with the quote "all good things are wild and free" from donna's "wild & free" stamp set by unity stamp co. This quote just spoke to me as I was looking through my stamps to find the perfect one for the canvas. One more round of splatters with the orange, and the piece was finished.


This is a great canvas to use what you have! Or, try it out in your art journal. Grab your ephemera and favorite colors. If you need some of the supplies, you can find most of them in Donna's shop! While you’re here on Donna’s website, grab the lotus pod stencil (or any of the other four used!) so you can create butterfly wings, too.

Share your art!

I'd love to see what you create. After you've tried this technique, post what you created in the donna downey : Community of Artists facebook page! Or, share on Instagram, and tag Donna Downey Studios.

Happy creating! 

Nicole :)

My website: www.nicolewatsonart.com

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Hi! I’m Nicole Watson, a Midwest girl who married a Southern boy and now lives in Houston, Texas.

Art has always been a constant for me … from collecting random bits of paper at a young age, to selling my first painting in high school, then discovering mixed media while studying art and design at Iowa State University (ISU). Other stops along my art journey include scrapbooking, card making, freelance photography, and layout/graphic design.

I enjoy the messy hands that result from creating. Mixed media allows me to discover new art forms while uniquely combining the things I love most—whether fun mediums like watercolor, pastel, or acrylic on canvas to textural elements like gesso, ephemera, and other found objects.

My proudest accomplishments this past year include completing Donna’s 48 Weeks class and binding the 17 plus pound journal that resulted, as well as finishing my Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree/Russian Studies minor as a distance student at ISU.

After taking many online and in-person art classes and creating in my studio, I’m excited to begin sharing my art with the world while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.