Monday 4th May 2009

by chel


(sorry for the blurry pics, took them with my iPhone)

I’ve been making tons of paper butterflies lately. It’s fairly easy- I take a sheet of decorative patterned paper (of which I have an insane amount) and use my Slice to cut the butterfly shape out with, I back the butterflies with matching cardstock, and then decorate them with Stickles.


I have a wee obsession with Stickles. I’m NOT a glitter person at all, hate glitz of all kinds (including jewelry, sequins, whatever) but for some reason these tiny $2 bottles of ultra-fine glitter glue make me swoon. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the year and decided instead of just *looking* at them and squeezing little dots on paper every so often to squee at, I should actually DO something with them.

I don’t know why I am so hesitant to use my art supplies. When I was in high school, my art teacher (the amazingly incredible Mr. James Zingarelli) realized that a clean, white sheet of paper was paralyzing to me. After he circled the room several times and saw that I hadn’t done anything to the beautifully pristine, crisp, thick sheet of watercolor paper in front of me, he just leaned over me and rubbed his hands on it, leaving charcoal thumbprints all over the surface. And once the paper was “dirty” I suddenly felt free to create. I feel the same way with the beautiful patterned paper and untouched pastels and brand new tubes of paint- paralyzed, and scared to use them. Scared to ruin anything. I’m trying to work on that.

I’ve been wanting to do a project like Ali Edwards’ Butterfly Collage for a while, anyway… and I’ve got tons of extra wall space in my room I’ve never done a thing with, so I’m making several butterfly “charts” to hang in a row.

We’ll see how it goes…

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  1. […] Last year, I cut out a number of paper butterflies that I made into collages. I never posted a photo of the finished project, so here are some I took with my iPhone (Hipstamatic app again) the other day. butterfly collage butterfly collage butterfly collage four butterfly collages comments · · · ◊ ◊ ◊ · · · Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. […]

  2. renee says:

    i love these… and i totally understand the hoarding of art supplies. i’m also like that about my hair dye — that fear that someday it will be unavailable. i don’t know. at any rate- these are very lovely. and they made me smile.

  3. Kat says:

    Squee!! Love it!

  4. Nina says:

    ooh! I was wondering what you were going to do with all these pretty little butterflies.. I feel the same way about the blank paper thing by the way! I thought I was the only one that choked up on the plain white canvas!

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I’m Chel (pronounced “shell”, short for “Michele”).

I’m a visual artist, writer, gardener, art historian, long-distance swimmer, crochet-er, movie watcher, animal lover, and avid reader.

I’m also a (newly) practicing Buddhist, studying online at Sravasti Abbey.

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– I have an eleven year old daughter named Grace and a husband named Tom.
– I grew up on Long Island, NY, went to college/grad school in Atlanta (Emory University) in the 1990’s, and now I live in Southwest Florida.
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– I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 30 years and I love animals of all kinds- we have four rescue cats, three parrots, and an elderly gecko and we raise butterflies.
– I swim five miles every day- rain, shine, storm, or travel.
– I was born with Spina Bifida, and swimming keeps me healthy and sane.
– When I’m not in the pool, I’m in my art studio, with a hot cup of tea.
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