This is one of my favorite paintings I have created so far! The third in my series of Windows, I wanted to do some type of butterfly theme. Since the windows were inspired by the fact that we had to change our office location, I was struck by the quote "If nothing ever changed, we'd never have butterflies." It made me think about the fact that you can usually find something good that comes from a change…no matter what the change is!
To understand the layers and steps involved, read on!
I started out by collaging a variety of patterned scrapbook papers, old newsprint, and even some fun materials onto the canvas. Then I used gesso and a stamp of elegant old script to create some visual interest and texture.
Next, I painted a dark purple acrylic with a stencil. After drying I made small white dots with a marker. I decided to paint the stencil in the upper right hand corner so begin to draw the eye in that direction.
Then the creative juices really started flowing! I used some stamps that I had made in an art class last fall. I used gesso to stamp a row of color along the bottom. The stamp sort of looks like bubbles. Then I used stamps I had created using childrens bathtub letters – both a V and and I. I used the V to create wings, and the I to create the body. I outlined them with a sharpie. These were the first butterflies to find their way into the picture.
After toning down the colors with a couple of layers of acrylic wash, I added the embellishments. I strung the word "Butterflies" together on some twine. Scouring some old books to find the words for the saying took some time and was fun. I will have to say though that the size of words I used was too small for the overall canvas. You can see it up close, but not from any distance. Oh well – lesson learned for the next one!
Finally, I drew the twine upwards in a swirly way and added a couple of butterflys. I glued them on using E6000. They stand out from the canvas in a great way. I added some decorative tape to make the window panes and shaded the edges with my pastels. Viola – a butterfly Window!