I recently was asked by a customer if I have done any books using the Butterfly Brushes or if I had any educational information regarding them and I had to admit that I didn't have a lot although I do have a You Tube video showing me using the Angle Butterfly Brush. You can view that by searching for Christy Hartman on You Tube. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of publishing companies out there right now publishing books and book deals can be hard to come by but there isn't any reason why I can't give some information on this blog.
Let me start with the Small Shader Butterfly Brush. I use that brush to paint daisies/sunflowers as well as a variety of different wildflowers. The brush seems to be just the right size for many of the techniques that I use, I'm sure that you can use other brushes and achieve the same result. I painted this sunflower/daisy by turning the brush upside down, you can still double load the brush to achieve highlighting and shading at the same time and stroke in the petals of the flower starting at the tip of the petal on the chisel edge of the brush, flatten it as you move in toward the center. I then tipped the brush up on the chisel edge and stippled the center of the flower to finish up the piece layering my brown tones. You can easily add additional detail with this brush to add some shadows by washing paint out into the center of the petal. It was quick and easy and took very little time and is certainly a "non traditional" use of this brush.
Do you have any wonderfully creative ideas to use your brushes in non-traditional ways.