With Spring in the air here we have been observing the flowers, bees, bugs, birds and butterflies. Since butterflies are so naturally beautiful, we decided to make one large one for decoration.
Begin by sketching out what you want your given subject to look like. I also decided to include a few facts about monarch butterflies. Their migration is pretty spectacular and Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA is a lovely pit stop for them should you ever find yourself in that area at that time.
Put another drawing onto your paper of choice. I used a large 22 x 30 inch sturdy, mixed media paper.
Begin painting. I used gouache. Try not to be too precious with this. I think the organic quality of painting bleeds is a nice touch.
Finish painting and prepare to cut.
Cut out and enjoy. You have two options here. You could then draw and paint on the back side, hang it. When it dangles, you can see both sides. The other option is to hang it up on a wall, a door, etc. A bonus option is that you can attach some strings for arms to slide into, and now the kiddos have some paper wings to wear. The size of this decoration is unexpected and enjoyable.
Ours is hanging pretty on a door.