Just looking at them not touching them, as theres something a teensie bit creepy for me about their furry little bodies and their tap-tapping of their little legs. Something a little alien perhaps. I think my facination of them is the whole transformation thing from chubby little caterpillar destined to munch his way through life to then turn into the most delicate of insects being able to actually take off and fly.
What a life.
I like that quote
The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. ~Attributed to George Carlin
Here's a photo I took of a butterfly the other week when I was wandering around the garden. Not the best photo in the world, but you can still make out the amazing detail of the wing formation. Look at those pleated wings. Incredible. Its a Gatekeeper butterfly, not one I'd actually heard of before until I did a search on ID of various butterflies to go with the write up with my photo.
I named the house Papillon (French for butterfly) when I moved into the village some years ago. All the houses here only have names not numbers unlike previous places I'd lived and as it was a new house back then I was the one left with the task of finding a name. It's such a difficult job, naming a house, that when we moved to the other end of the village recently we took the house name with us and renamed the old place. It was less stressful although a little confusing for the postman.
Even the tables at our wedding were all various butterfly names too with centrepieces and individual name plates that I made with a butterfly theme.
Heres the house name sign for our gate that my Dad made for us...made it freehand, just drew the letters and painted them in once he'd chisled the wood away.Took him no time at all. My Dads where I get all my arty side from, well, Dad and my Grandma I think.
So, like I said, I have a 'thing' for butterfiles lol.
Which takes me to a challenge I spotted this weekend. Over on Stamp Something there's a theme 'Bugs, Butterflies and Other Winged Somethings' :0) I thought that I'd have a go at decorating a chip board butterfly based around the quote "Butterflies are self propelled flowers" with the latest stamps from Paperbag Studios.
After all the natural beauty of the real butterfly, this one is very much a butterfly with bags full of artistic licence lol.Infact, more than bags...perhaps suitcases full with an excess baggage charge lol
Along with that I spotted that this weeks One Powerful Hour is Favourite colour. Now I have two types of favourite colour...one I live with in the house or that I wear, and then a favourite colour to create with. Both totally different. I wear and live with muted tones, greens, soft sea colours etc...where as my fave colours to work with perhaps have more clarity and vibrance. I LOVE creating bits and pieces using turquoises/weathered wood as it has so many fantastic contrasting colours. Here I teamed it up with purple but also love it with all the 'hot' colours to create an impact or with more cool colours ie greens/ blues for a softer piece.
I also tore the page from the phone book which lists company names that begin with the word 'Colour' lol....hard to make out under the stamping layers but its there.
I have a few more of these massive chipboard shapes. Each butterfly wing is about the size of a hand so if you place your hands together side by side thats how big they are
(I bet you are doing the hands together thing, you are arent you lol)
....anyway, next attempt I think I shall alter the shape of the wings some how. I dont really like the smooth stream lined curves on this one that much- a bit 'safe', but was fun to play at the effects I got with various inks, paint, utee and watercolours.
The stamps are all available from Paperbag Studios in the States or from The Stamp Attic here in the UK.
Anyway...congratulations...you made it to the end of the post lol...sorry for the waffle, can you tell I had a bit of free time this morning (unusual for me)so I sat chatting. Wishing you all a happy sunny weekend. Its gorgeous here on the south coast of the UK.