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Butterfly inspired art

by Amy Bowerman

I usually don’t like to combine challenges but sometimes it just works out…not to mention there never seems to be enough hours in the day when in comes to balancing life and creativity.  This week I have combined Grungy Monday 14 and Simon Says Stamp and Show…a flourish to create this Butterfly wall art…I’ve been on a wall art kick lately.  I guess I just like to hang stuff up and I’m always nervous people will wind up throwing the cards I give them away…you know who you are :)

 

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Count Your Blessings!

 

I chose butterflies as my muse for this piece because they seemed to work well with both challenges.  The Perfect Pearls Technique from Tim Holtz reminded me of the subtle shimmer of a butterflies wings and the addition of a flourish seemed to go hand in hand with the gentle flight patterns of these winged beauties.  The main reason I chose butterflies however, is because of a relationship my husband and I have developed over the course of the last month with a real live butterfly.

 

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Meet Spot

 

This is Spot.  He has been visiting us every morning for the past month now.  Spot loves my husband.  He lands on his shoulder and will even land on his hand (I have a video I will post soon…I’m technology impaired and have to wait for the hubs to get home).  Spot landed on my shoulder this morning and spent a half hour sitting with my son and I.  The connection we have made with this other being just blows my mind.  It also makes me smile because I know when I wake up tomorrow and have my coffee outside Spot will be waiting for me.

They say that butterflies are a sign of the spirit.  I truly believe that Spot is the spirit of someone very special coming to visit us.  I’m so glad I was able to pay homage to him with this piece.  I’m going to frame it as a gift for my husband…his relationship with spot is extra special!

 

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Background Check

 

This is probably the best shot showing Tim’s technique once I put everything together it was kind of hard to see the Butterfly Script stamp I used for the background.  I didn’t have any Distress re-inkers so I had to improvise and use alcohol inks.  I had no paint dabber either but not to worry I had some shimmer white acrylic and a makeup sponge and everything turned out ok….when in doubt work something out :)  The border and the large Butterfly were cut from this vintage Hallmark card.  I inherited a bin full of vintage cards from a fellow Butterfly lover who was a dear family friend.

 

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Extreme Close-up

 

I lightly went over the butterfly image with Distress inks and embossed it with Stampendous Stardust powder.  I did the same with the flourishes.  Butterflies have to have sparkle!

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Love: The Soul of Life

 

The sentiment is from Hero Arts “From the Heart” set as well as the small flourish.  The stamped butterflies and the large flourish are dollar bin finds from Michael’s….oh how I love dollar stamps!!  I decided to add the popped up butterflies on a whim.  I had been practicing coloring them in on a piece of scrap cardstock that I was testing out the perfect pearls technique on.  They came out pretty good so I cut them out and mounted them on foam.  They are also brushed (ever so lightly) with perfect pearls.  I went a little crazy with the perfect pearls….Ranger products are just tooo much fun!!

 

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Spotlight on Spot

 

I tried my best to color this butterfly like Spot.  I think the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls worked really well to enhance his coloring.  I also added some distress ink to the border and dusted perfect pearls on the small butterflies.

 

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Spirits in a material world

 

Here is a side view of the butterflies popped up on foam…I wanted to give the illusion of flight.

 

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Art imitating life

It almost feels like Spot landed right on my project in this shot :)  Thanks for letting me share this with you!  Hope a butterfly comes your way!

 

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Audrey Pettit July 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Whoa, this is awesome! So bright and beautiful, and so artsy, too. :)

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2 Kim Dellow July 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm

So pretty! Just love the sparkle. Kim

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3 Candy July 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

Your card is lovely. I love all the vivid colors…the butterflies…the sentiment and of course … the “flourish”. Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

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4 Nancy Wethington July 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

Beautiful butterflies! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

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5 LynneF July 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

how does one handle ALL THAT GLITTERY GOODNESS!!! Your card it just GORGEOUS!!

THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with the teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

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6 Sarah Engels-Greer July 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

Great story – so usual and special. Great colours and tribute to Spot.

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7 Linda Ledbetter July 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Wow, Amy, that royal blue background is gorgeous, and the shimmery, magical imagery gives this the feel of an enchanted garden. What a beautiful work of art and a perfect homage to your sweet friend, Spot. You must be a very special person to have been befriended by a butterfly!

You did a magnificent job on the GM14 challenge, and the story of your butterfly pal made my day!

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8 Vicki - Paper Squirrel July 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Wonderful piece and the story of Spot makes it even more special!

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9 Annette July 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

Thanks for the awesome comment…
I love your art.. it is fun and so colorful.
I love this butterfly mixed media. I did a mixed media canvas with a butterfly recently. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://myclevercreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/mixed-media-for-friend.html
Thanks again…Happy Crafting

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10 Hettie July 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Lovely butterflies and the colours are so lovely. I hope Spot comes to visit you for a long time yet. I like the fact that you are recycling too. I know what you mean about people binning cards that you have spent hours making!

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