The Butterfly ProjectButterfly Project". In remembrance of the 1,500,000 million children that were killed during the Holocaust, the museum is putting on an exhibition in the spring of 2014 with 1,500,000 butterflies. They have started collecting butterflies and so far have over 900,000. They are collecting them throughout 2012.
Anyone can make them and send them to the museum. They have a few guidelines -- like the size (no larger than 8"x10") and no glitter or edible materials that cold rot. But, they want original and unique butterflies.
On their website they even have lesson plans for teachers so that they can do this activity with their students while teaching them the history of the Holocaust. I went to the site and immediately wanted to participate.
And then I just traced the shape onto the papers that I inked. I cut out the shape.
Then I started painting away. I used bold colors that were suggestive of real butterflies.
And I added some fun colors that weren't exactly natural!
I loved the way the colors popped against the black outline and added some white for contrast.
On others, I used decorative paper that I stained and stamped.