The team at Art Elements may be taking a bit of a break, but they're still inspiring us with monthly themes. The format has changed a bit too as it's no longer a blog hop. Instead, they've opened up the challenge to anyone with a Facebook account. Completed (and works-in-progress) art pieces that fit within the challenge are to be posted within that month's album in their Art Elements Community. You can read more about it on their blog post about May's theme: Butterflies. While this is no longer a blog hop, I can't let the month end without sharing my own contributions.
Let me go ahead and confess that I didn't get near as much done as I had initially thought I would.
To start the month, and go ahead and have something that included the theme, I made a Mother's Day card for my mom and utilized a bunch of die-cuts in my stash that I've been meaning to try. I used scrapbook paper that has music notes on it to cut out the butterflies since my mom likes music and plays the piano.
Those butterflies were her favorite thing on the card! (Pardon my messy embossing. I had to scrabble together the sentiment as I couldn't find the Mother's Day stamp set I know I have and have since unearthed!)
During the month, I've also done a bit of art journaling for my #The100DayProject. This one with the butterfly has been one of my favorites.
The butterfly itself comes from a package of Tim Holtz Botanicals that I'm finding I love! The sentiment is from a package of Tim Holtz Quote Chips.
My actual task for this page was to use that ticket stub, but the little piece of button card and the handmade texture paste all called out to me too. But, it was the butterfly that stole the show.
While I didn't make this necklace over the course of the month, I did include it in my contributions to the Art Elements Album since it's one of my favorite things I've ever made.
In fact, I may have made it for another challenge. I actually can't remember.
The body of the butterfly is a vintage hinge I picked up at an antique store. I riveted it to tin pieces that I had cut into the shape of butterfly wings.
I love that the hinges made it possible for the wings to move.
I've got loads of other ideas for this theme. There's a stack of stamps on my hutch, some rub-on images next to my computer, a wood butterfly shape on my desk, and several ideas written in my notebook. Alas, I either ran out of time or motivation to finish them this month. But, you can believe that you'll likely see more butterfly projects from me in the future!
Make sure you join the Art Elements Community on Facebook so you can see what the other artists made and maybe even join in the inspired fun yourself!
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