As I got towards the end of the October 2018 butterfly wave, I decided to make a more art deco pal for magenta butterfly #4 to hang out with!
This little gal started with solid pink wings and black body in acrylics, then a purple paint pen pattern, then another layer of pink stenciling (to tone down the contrast), and a final gold pen spotted top layer to bring out the shine!
It’s hard to capture the way the purple lines catch the light in photos, but she’s got a lot more depth in person (or is it in butterfly?).
The butterflies are finished with Liquitex Gloss sealer, which is pretty durable, but they’re cut out for life on the fridge and not the sink. You should be able to wipe them clean with a damp cloth, but please don’t leave them out in the rain.
These bits of flutter are roughly 3 inches long and about 2.5 inches high. They are most likely made of birch plywood, but only ArtMinds knows for sure.
The square magnet on the back was recycled from whiteboards and has a decent amount of holding power. The magnet is attached with superglue and reinforced with wood glue. It’s been painted over and well sealed, so you don’t have to worry about it coming loose.
Have a different color in mind for your garden-themed buddy? Just drop me a line and I can paint you the butterfly of your dreams! (Or nightmares… but that doesn’t seem wise.)
Medium: Liquitex White Gesso, Apple Barrel Acrylics (20535 Light Pink, 20591, 20504 Black), and CraftSmart paint pens (Gold, Purple).