Inkspiration: Monarch Butterfly

Created using alcohol inks on Yupo. The black of the butterfly wings were masked out using Fineline Masquepen and then blue, pink and purple Adirondack inks were dropped onto the background. The background was sprayed very lightly with a mist of 91% rubbing alcohol to give the impression of flowers and the wings were created in a similar way with orange and yellow inks. Once dry the black outline of the wings was painted on.

The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. You can help them on their route by planting monarch friendly flowers. Texas is putting projects in place for individuals, conservation groups and schools to help stop the decrease in Monarch butterflies.

Read more here about how you can help save the Monarch Butterfly

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