"B" is for "Butterfly"

ATC #2 goes to a woman living in Ocala, Florida.

I chose to do “butterfly” mainly because the image of butterflies has been popping in and out of my life for a few years now, but they are appearing more frequently than ever in unexpected places and ways.  The butterfly is a classic image representing transformation and change.  My life over the last several years and even now is in a constant state of evolution and metamorphosis.  Truthfully, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’ve grown enough to see wisdom in the unknown, reward at the end of the road less traveled.  So I started this group of ATC swaps knowing “b” would be a “butterfly” card.  It had to be. 

I remembered the other day that I have a set of watercolor crayons.  Think of chunky crayons which when wet become beautiful clear, bright watercolors.  I didn’t want the texture of the watercolor paper in this project, so I used the watercolor directly on the ATC card.  I was a little worried the water might warp the cardstock, but pleasantly surprised that it didn’t and took the color well.  The background was free hand painted and blended using a watercolor brush and the crayons by picking up color off of the crayons and then placing it onto the paper in swirls.

Once the card dried, I stamped the quote onto the background.  The quote is from a portion of a rubberstamp I have designed by one of my favorite rubberstamp artists, Paula Best.  It’s a quote I think of often and one that means a lot because I’ve been that caterpillar much of my life.

The butterfly image was cut from a 3 dimensional sticker and placed onto a canvas tag.  I painted the tag with the watercolor crayons as well, but was not as happy with the results.  I think it works, but I was going for a brighter result – it’s just the canvas soaked up too much of the paint and the colors bled into each other more than I expected.  Once the butterfly was glued to the tag and everything dried, I gave the whole tag and butterfly a thin coat of sparkly Mod Podge.  I also applied a thin coat of plain glossy Mod Podge to the card and quote background.  (I tried to make the word “butterfly” in the quote stand out a little bit with a silver paint pen, but it didn’t work out as well as I hoped and I traced over the letters again with a black pen.  The silver on the word is barely noticable.)

This morning when I woke, I decided that the card needed a little more sparkle, so I used the silver paint pen to edge the card and the butterfly.  This little touch seemed to pull the whole thing together.  I’m pretty happy with the result.

“How does one become a butterfly?” pensively she asked.  “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Trina Paulus

I encourage everyone to browse http://paulabestrubberstamps.com.

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