August 29, 2014

Aporia crataegi

I've never seen a Black-veined White Butterfly (except via You Tube) and I think they are quite nice.

Inspired by this this photo, I created a tag by printing it, cutting it out, pasting mulberry paper behind the wings, tinting it with paint, ink and colored pencils, and pasting it to a distressed background.

I'm linking it to the Monday blog challenge at Simon Says Stamp. This week's theme is "witch kraft" and while it may not be apparent that I used kraft paper--it's there, as a background, now covered with layers of paint and ink.

A happy accident caused by using too much Seedless Grape distress stain to darken the kraft paper compelled me to sand and rub at it with the hopes of making it lighter. When the top layer of the paper began to peel away, I gathered up the bits and pasted them back on and spread a layer of thin white paint on top.

And if you haven't seen a Black-veined White Butterfly either, here's a short-video for you to enjoy (beware of crickets in the background).


  1. Fabulous tag and great video of the butterfly

    x Hilda

    Mines up now

  2. Beautiful gentle!

  3. This is completely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Ashli :)

  4. Beautiful! I've never seen a butterfly like that either, but I'm going to be on the lookout for one now. Once again, you've created a stunning piece of art. Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  5. This is such a stunning tag! I had to take a second look because at first glance those looked like real preserved butterflies to me. My grandfather had a whole collection of them he kept under glass... it's the only place I've seen butterflies like those. Your tag really brought back memories. Stunning execution! :)