I have set myself the goal of offering 365 different projects to help people who claim they are creative make things for themselves, their homes, and for gifts. They vary in materials used and skills required, but all are comparatively simple to create, and hopefully provide a jumping off point for creating something else.

The project published today is a small framed piece of wall art, improbably using paint chip swatches and a paper punch. It requires none of the scarier skills of committing paper or pen to paper, or considering color palettes – beyond picking up a selection of paint chips you like – so seemed a perfect project for this challenge. I wanted to keep the project manageable and replicable by someone who was anxious about their abilities, so beyond having the darker butterflies at the bottom and the lighter ones at the top, and all of them “flying” upwards, there were no complicated design decisions to make.


As is my wont, I had already cut a number of extra butterflies, not sure quite which direction this piece of work would ultimately take. As you can see from the photo below, I had cut some orange and red butterflies, even as I was moving toward the purple paint chips I ultimately used.


The second shadow box I had purchased was larger, 11″ x 17″, so chose to cut a few larger and smaller butterflies, and also extendied the color palette from orange and red to yellow and coral. This was the end result:

Butterfly Art

I am pleased that with more space to work, more variety in color tones and sizes, I was able to create a more complex piece. I am now torn between adding it to my walls and putting it up for sale…