Spring, that annual period of transformation…
So, I thought it’s time to work with a symbol that marks ‘transformation’ like no other symbol does: the butterfly.
We ALL need butterflies. To create ‘how to’s for my craft readers, I’ve collected and developed ideas and free craft tutorials, stencils, templates, plus other design tools~ of use for a range of crafts from embroideries to art journals.
This jam-packed article is definitely one to BOOKMARK. It is to inspire and help you create a magnificent transformation in your art / life. Please show me your projects!! I would love to feature these.
BTW. This article will get a twin-sister: an article with solutions and ideas for creating contemporary art (such as drawing, painting, photography). You might like to have a look at this article as well for complementary ideas and a whole different style of working with the butterfly and the concept of transformation. This article will be published tomorrow.
DRAWING A BUTTERFLY
- Draw & paint a butterfly as seen from its most common angle – free tutorial
- How to Draw a Butterfly at an angle – free tutorial
- Pablo Picasso’s stylized butterfly drawing – for inspiration/purchase
PAINTING A BUTTERFLY
BUTTERFLY PAPER ART + CRAFT:
Quilling, stamping, on pop-up cards, stamping, scrapbooking
+ textile applique
- Mixed media painting/collage – for inspiration
- Butterfly Pop-up Card
- Unique butterfly stamp – tool for purchase
- Contemporary Butterfly tree – for inspiration
- 100 butterflies paper punch outs – tool for purchase
- Photo frame elegantly decorated with butterflies – for inspiration
- Butterfly Wish Card – also for inspiration
ART JOURNAL WITH BUTTERFLIES
- Inspiring art journal cover – for inspiration
BUTTERFLY KID CRAFT / CRAFT FOR KIDS
- Butterfly Zipper Brooch
- Caterpillar design project that trains the fine motoric skills of 5 year old. Helps with coordination, and useful as a pre-butterfly making exercise to learn the process of transformation. Can be embellished or simplified to adjust to time availability and age group. (see image below)
- Butterfly wing – face painting – free video tutorial (beautiful)
- Free illustrated butterfly lesson plan for children comes with our also free newsletter subscription — see details
EMBROIDERY, KNITTING & CROCHETING WITH BUTTERFLIES
- Embroidered butterfly in cognac – for inspiration
- Butterfly Square – free knitting pattern
- Embroidered butterfly in pink – for inspiration
- Set of crocheted butterflies for inspiration
- Fun butterfly purse
THE CRAFTY HOME
- Set of mini chalkboards – for inspiration
- Butterfly lamp in felt (can see variations on this in pink, red, violet… rather than white) – for inspiration
- Butterflies on the wall/ wallpaper art -for inspiration/for purchase
- The butterfly website:
- photos of a variety of butterfly species – free library
- clip-art of all kinds or butterflies – free library
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