- A picture frame with a wide mat and the glass removed (mine was 16″ x 20″)
- A piece of good watercolour paper
- A selection of paint chips in a range of colours (grab them from the paint section of a hardware store)
- Black and white sharpie paint pens
- Thin wire
- A strong glue, like E-6000
- Three sizes of butterfly punches (2″ wide, 1″ wide, 1/4″ wide)
- A bone folder helps, but isn’t necessary
I started with punching out a wide range of butterflies from paint chips. I wanted the piece to be very 3D so I folded each of the largest size of butterflies in half with the bone folder. To add a bit more visual interest to the piece I added geometric patterns with alternating white and black paint pens to one half of each of the larger butterflies.
I put the watercolour paper and mat into the frame after I pulled the glass out of it. I wanted to extend the piece beyond the rigid boundary of the frame so I twisted a some wire into tight curls and glued them to the back of the frame, with the plan of using these as extra bases for the butterflies.
I then arranged the butterflies in a swirl across the entire piece – working through a range of colours. I set the butterflies in a swirl that started on the wires and went across the piece, touching the paper, mat, and frame throughout the piece. I used E-6000 glue to put secure them in place.
I hope you enjoy making your version as much as I did with this one. Click here to vote on this week’s crafts (the themes is Kids Can Do).