Butterfly Art on Canvas

PrintThis week on Show Me How Gloria Bastos is joined by Ronell Van Zyl of Brother International and she shows us how to make a creative mixed media butterfly art project on canvas. She will teach us various techniques such as creating texture, mixing colours, embroidery and so much more! Don’t miss Show Me How, only on The Home Channel.


Embroidered Butterfly Canvas Art

By Roenell Van Zyl



  • Blank canvas in the required size
  • Alcohol ink – minimum of 4 colours
  • Sprits bottles for each colour
  • Glitz (Metallic paint) for a “shiny” effect
  • Water to dilute paint
  • Organza fabric
  • Avalon Plus water soluble interfacing for the free standing butterflies
  • Water to remove the Avalon Plus interfacing
  • Embroidery frame
  • Embroidery threads in various colour
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Butterfly embroidery design in the formal fit for your embroidery machine (I used a PES format)
  • Embroidery machine (I used the Brother V7 combination sewing and embroidery machine)
  • Towel for drying the embroidered butterflies once Avalon Plus has been dissolved
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Vinyl for word art (heading) or alphabet stickers


  • Step 1: Fill each spritz bottle with water and add a few drops of alcohol ink.  Spray the diluted ink colours randomly onto the blank canvas until you’re happy with the effect and the entire canvas is covered in ink.  Put canvas aside to dry.
  • Step 2: Frame a double layer of organza in your embroidery frame.
  • Step 3: On the screen of your Embroidery Machine, select the butterfly design and multiply it so that you can embroider 10 butterflies in one go, using thread colours to match your décor. (I used a pink and green as the main colours for the butterflies).  Embroider the butterflies, one colour at a time and changing colours as the machine instructs you to.
  • Repeat Steps 2 & 3 using soluble Avalon Plus interfacing instead of Organza, to achieve a different effect. 
  • Step 4: Cut out the butterflies you embroidered onto the organza and onto the Avalon Plus making sure that you cut just next to the satin stitch line. Place the butterflies you embroidered on the Avalon Plus in the water and rub gently until all of the interfacing dissolves.  Lay them onto a dry towel, wrong sides up and shape the wings gently into place. 
  • Step 5: Glue the butterflies randomly onto the canvas to create the illusion of them flying all over the canvas. 
  • Your beautiful art piece is now complete and will add colour and creativity to your walls.

Wax Crayon Canvas Art


  • Blank canvas in the required size
  • Enough multi coloured thin wax crayons to create a row at the top of your canvas (You could also use a selection of shades in a colour of your choice)
  • Plain cardstock paper in 5 different colours that compliment your crayon colours
  • Ruler to measure the center point & help you place the crayons on the canvas
  • ScanNCut machine to cut butterfly designs in various sizes & colours
  • Butterfly image
  • Heat gun or hair dryer with a hot setting
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Vinyl word art for the top of the canvas


  • Step 1: Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons and use the glue gun to glue the crayons in a straight line across the top of the canvas, leaving enough space above them for the word art which we’ll add later.  Apply the hot glue to the canvas rather than to the crayons to avoid melting but be sure to position the crayon quickly onto the glue line as the  hot glue is fast drying.
  • Step 2: Once all the crayons are positioned correctly and you’re happy with the shading effect, use the heat gun or hair dryer to heat up the wax crayons so that they melt and the wax runs down the canvas, creating a colourful flow of wax.  Continue melting this way until you’re happy with the overall effect. 
  • Step 3: Using the ScanNCut machine and the cardstock paper, cut lots of butterflies in different sizes and in different colours.  Bend the wings up slightly with your fingers, to create a 3D effect.
  • Step 4: Using the glue gun, apply glue to the body of the butterflies and glue them onto the canvas, lifting the wings  slightly.  Place the butterflies over the corresponding colour wax and create the illusion that they’re flying freely over a rainbow of colour. 
  • Step 5: Finally, using vinyl in a colour of your choice, cut out an inspirational word or quote and glue it onto the canvas, just above the crayon line. 

PS. If you don’t have a ScanNCut machine, use a butterfly punch or cut the butterflies using scissors and use a pre-cut word or quote made from vinyl.

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