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 (in butterfly?).
The butterflies are finished with Liquitex Gloss sealer, which is pretty durable, but they’re cut out for life on 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 magnets on the back are generic flat magnets, but with a double row the butterflies have a nice bit of holding power. I tested them with three pieces of printer paper and they had no issues. The magnets are reinforced with wood glue and have been painted over and well sealed, so they won’t come 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).