Blue Butterfly Panel Art

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I have been wanting to create some more artwork for my eldest 's room. If you recall, a few weeks ago I created an "As You Wish" panel art composition. I found this easy process here, and I loved the rustic look! The one thing that I wished I had done was gone for a bolder font.

Now that I have that project under my belt, I thought that process would work wonderfully to continue to fill the walls in my oldest girl's fairy/princess room. If you recall, some of the accent pieces are a beach glass blue, so we continued the theme with this piece. I took the last of the wood decking samples (yay for free architectural samples via my office!) and painted them Valspar's Weathered Glass (I had a free sample that has truly lasted). Then I attempted to use the same transfer method that I used before.

That's when things started to fall apart. I knew that I had been told that plain old craft paint worked the best. I had no idea that meant that latex wall paint wouldn't take the print transfer--at all!! When I finished my attempt, it looked like I had just slapped some water on the panels. Oops.

So this would be try #2. I went looking about in the house for some other means to create butterflies on these panels. I settled on some scrapbook paper that I had around. I folded each piece in half and then freehanded a shape that corresponded to half of a butterfly with the fold as the center line of the butterfly.

Keep in mind you want the wrong side of the paper facing out in case you change your mind between sketching and cutting--or if your hand isn't the steadiest when it comes to sketching. Then cut out the shape through both layers of the paper making a butterfly. I know this is super simple--most of us did something in elementary school in a lesson about symmetry, but I thought it made some cool looking butterflies.

I then arranged the butterflies and some cardstock letters I had--also from my scrapbooking stash--to make "beautiful butterfly." As you can see from the picture, I pushed all the panels together while arranging them.

 I cut the pieces of paper that spanned different samples at the joint.

I then decoupaged all items into place, using decoupage medium on both the panels and the back of the paper.

I used a rag to push out all the bubbles, waited impatiently for it to dry, then put a coat of decoupage on top. I then beat up the panels using sandpaper.

I still need to seal these, but I think they will go very well in my little girl's room, don't you?

This project supply rundown is as follows: ceiling panel samples (free), paint sample (free), decoupage medium (on hand, homemade from $.50 glue), and scrapbook paper/cardstock (less than a $1)

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  1. What a really cute piece of artwork for your daughter. Very sweet. I love butterflies! :)

  2. This is so cute! My daughter's room is full of butterflies too! I host a linky party on tuesdays and I'd love for you to stop by and share this project!


  3. That is so cute, should really look very nice in your daughters room. Has she seen the art yet? Hope she likes it after your hard work. Thx for sharing a great project.

  4. This is beautiful! I love how it turned out. I would love it if you'd link up at Off the Hook!

  5. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for dropping by my blog!
    Sew Incredibly Crazy

  6. Super cute, love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @!

  7. Thanks so much for linking up to TA-DA TUESDAY! So cute once again you are so creative! blessings!
    413 Sparrow Lane

  8. This is so cute.My daughter would love to have something like this for her room.

  9. Very pretty art, and so perfect for a girl's room :-) Sometimes we learn as much from what doesn't work as what does work - thanks for sharing your experience with trying to use the transfer on latex paint.

  10. Good save! Doesn't transfer remind you of architecture school? I feel like we used these special pens when I was there. Next I'll be whipping out the 3DStudioMax (just shows how old I am) and making models out of chipboard:)


  11. So pretty ... and I love that price tag!

    Thanks for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



  12. I LOVE this upcycle. It came out so pretty! Thank you for linking up to our party!

  13. $1.50 for the cutest project ever! Love this and glad you joined our Color party!

  14. I saw this post of yours and just loved it, I am a big butterfly person, just went to the butterfly & botanical gardens in Key West, Love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party