TGIF Project: Butterfly Canvas

Butterfly Canvas

I love watching everything come into bloom in Spring. It’s the time of year when I keep the windows open and welcome the fresh air and budding flowers into my home. This is also the perfect time to take inspiration from nature and create some pretty pieces to remind you of sunny days when the weather is grey and gloomy. This Butterfly Canvas that Julie Lewis designed and created does just that! Hang it in a favorite place at home or give it to Mom for Mother’s Day — it’s a great way to let her know how she lights up your life.

Collect these supplies to get started:

Surface:

12 x 12 canvas

FolkArt Acrylic Paints:
223 Bright Baby Pink
320 Jamaican Sea
478 Lime Yellow
515 Vintage White
516 Light Lavender
601 Clay Bisque
901 Wicker White

FolkArt Crackle Medium #696

Other Supplies: 2mm foam sheets – pink, aqua, lime green, lavender (cut in 6” x 6” squares), 4 different coordinating scrapbook papers, Glue, Scissors, Craft knife and blades, ruler, pencil, #1 Liner brush, ¼” and ½” flat brushes.

Apply Crackle Medium to the foam sheets.

Apply crackle medium liberally to four foam sheets. Let dry.

Base coat the canvas. Add the swirl detail with a liner brush.

Basecoat canvas and paint detail lines with liner brush in Vintage White.

Apply top coat to foam pieces.

Apply topcoat of Wicker White to foam pieces.

Trace frame shapes onto the back of the foam.

Cut out frame patterns and trace to backs of foam. Cut out.

Tape off boxes on the canvas.

Measure 1 ¾” from sides of canvas and mark. Then measure in 3 1/8” from mark to create four squares. Tape off.

Paint boxes and remove tape.

Paint squares and remove tape.

Glue frames to corresponding color blocks.

Glue frames to corresponding color squares.

Cut out butterflies.

Cut out butterfly pattern and use to cut four different scrapbook paper butterflies.
Gently fold butterflies in half and glue inside framed areas.
Gently fold in half and glue inside framed areas.
If desired, slide the handles of your liner brushes under the wings to pull them out a little bit more once the glue dries.
If desired, slide the handles of your liner brushes under the wings to pull them out a little bit more once the glue dries.

3 Responses to “TGIF Project: Butterfly Canvas”

  1. Very cute & a great tutorial!

  2. Very good step by step ..I love it 😉

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