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How to Make a Watercolor Moth Painting inspired by Allyson Reynolds

Artists of Any Age Can Make This Cool Art!

Today we're going to make a beautiful watercolor painting inspired by Allyson Reynolds! If you love nature and bugs, this is an awesome project for you.

About the Artist: Allyson Reynolds

Allyson Reynolds is a contemporary artist who lives in Australia. Her paintings are inspired by nature- specifically, moths! She noticed that moths loved coming to her window at night because the light would be on, but moths are a little clumsy so they'd crash into the window. In the morning, she'd find a lot of moths on the ground. She was so inspired by the shapes and colors and how different they all were that she started painting moths as her inspiration. If you want to read more, Moth Song is a super cool book about Reynolds' art, with very special commissioned detailed photographs, and was published in 2012. If you want to see some of her recent work and learn more about her, check out her website!


What You'll Need

  • ⬜️ Watercolor Paper

  • 🎨 Watercolor Paints

  • 🖌 Watercolor Paintbrushes

  • 💦 Water Jar

  • ❕Paper Towels

  • 🌀 Masking Tape

  • 🦷 Toothpick


First, let's use masking tape around the edges of our paper so that way, at the end of our project, we can take the tape off and our art will have a border, like a frame. Beautiful!