Private workshop: Hyper-real acrylic butterfly painting with Emily Pooley

Updated: Aug 19

Join Emily Pooley for an online webinar showing us how to paint a hyper-real butterfly n acrylic.


You will be exploring realistic painting techniques, working with your drawing created in our 'Draw a realistic butterfly using grid sketching' Arty Class. Click here to watch


> Click here to book the live webinar or pre-order the video <


In this 2hrs+ session, we will touch on the basics of colour theory and mixing, work through the stages of 'blocking in', layering up to add depth and finally adding in the details in the final pass. Emily will show you some of the techniques required to help you push your paintings into the hyper-real, using a photo of the majestic Peacock butterfly as a starting point.


Once aired, you can watch the video of the live session by clicking the unlocked video below. If it isn't unlocked, you can purchase it by visiting the shop here: https://shopkeepeasy.com/emilypooley


See video, reference picture, materials required and paintings received below.


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**IMPORTANT** Please complete the pre-workshop prep video (incl. separate materials list below)


PREP VIDEO: > Click here to access the prep video <


Reference images:


Materials Required:


Note: In preparation, you need to undertake the following:

- Emily's Arty Class aired on 20th Aug and is a pre-requisite to this workshop. See class here


- Emily's Workshop Class Prep. Watch video here


Class prep materials:


A5 MDF wood (I'll be using 3mm)/ cardboard like cereal box cut larger than size


Acrylic paint - ultra marine, mars black, titanium white


Emulsion as a cheaper alternative, similar to our base colour if you can - your choice if not.


Newspaper or an old cardboard box

Small roller with a sponge 'gloss head'roller head


An empty pot with a lid


A wide brush (1" 1/2" for example)


A soft pencil like HB

Masking tape to secure board if using (can weigh down in four corners with something heavy instead)


Reference image (above) - I tend to work from a phone or tablet screen, but you can also print your image if you prefer.


Live WORKSHOP materials list:


A5 3mm thick MDF board - The card side of a cereal box will work well as a replacement. *This should be prepped ready for class using the class prep video above


Acrylic Paints - I will be using Daler and Rowney system 3:

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Red

Ultra Marine

Mars Black

Titanium White.

Optional: Burnt Umber and Yellow Ochre.

These colours all tend to come in the basic kits. Each brand of paint has different pigment strengths and hues so yeilds slightly different results.


Soft synthetic detail brushes with a round pointed tip. Sizes ranging from 0-6. You won't necessarily be using every size but you will find a couple that suit you best. You don't have to buy super expensive brushes, just try to find ones that have fine soft hairs and a lovely fine point for all those details.


A plastic pallet - a clean recycled plastic food tray can work if you don't have a pallet.


A pot of clean water.


An old rag or kitchen roll.


An easel if you have one to tilt your work upwards.


Satin acrylic spray varnish - This is not necessary to complete the lesson and will be discussed in the class



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