While searching for pictures of butterflies to use as a reference for #5 I ended up looking at a lot of flowers… and figured petals made pretty good wings!
Based very loosely on Rozanne geraniums the wings are painted in acrylics to a shaded purple that is dark at the tips and fades down to white at the center.
Purple is one of those fun colors that the camera hates capturing correctly, so the color blending is a bit smoother in real life.
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.)