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FiskaFriends Power of Community Blog Hop 2015 ~ Simple Artsy Butterfly Wall-Hanging

Welcome to the first official Fisk-a-friends Blog Hop.  Fun is around the corner.  Here are a little housekeeping tips for the Blog Hop.  The Fisk-a-friends Blog Hop begins officially at March 27 at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time).

  • For complete Blog Hop rules please click here.
  • On Fisk-a-friend blog hop you are sure to find some wonderful ideas pertaining to crafting, scrapbooking, art and mixed media.
  • Jean Bullock has done an amazing job organizing sponsors (thank you sponsors and Jean), you are in for a treat!  A great giveaways! If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing, start at the Fiskafriends blog here and follow instructions.
  • I’ll also be doing a personal giveaway right here.  Just make a comment here and I’ll chose a random winner within the U.S. – sorry.  It will be a paper pack you won’t be disappointed in.  It’s a beauty!
  • Not responsible for errors, lost, damaged or stolen prizes.  But let’s hope for the best.
  • If you like what you see, would like to connect, get to know one another a bit better, feel free to subscribe (the right sidebar).  Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy!  So glad you’re here and wishing you a fun and artful journey!!What’s What’s a Fisk-a-friend?  Check out more here. Butterfly Wallhanging 8

I don’t know about you but I am inspired by nature!  I love anything with wings; birds, butterflies, angels . . . except for maybe bats.  But most winged creatures are so lovely.  I (along with many others) enjoy butterflies.  I love what they represent . . . new beginnings, transformation, breaking free and more!  I’ve needed a piece of art for my downstairs bathroom for a while and thought instead of purchasing one, I’d make my own using my stash.  You too can easily create this simple artsy Wall-hanging.

Here’s the how to! What’s needed:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Frame
  • Butterfly Stamps
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Martha Stewart/Plaid paint – Color: Putty)
  • Watercolor crayons (I used Caran d’Ache – my favs but there’s many brands out there)
  • Word/Sentiment Stamps
  • Old credit card or gift card
  • Water mister

The How to:

  1. Measure where you’d like your artwork to display within the frame.
  2. With an old gift card apply some acrylic paint on the card and scrape paint onto watercolor paper for a base.  Dry with a heat tool.                           Butterfly Wallhanging 10 Butterfly Wallhanging 9
  3. Next, take your butterfly stamp and mist it with a bit of water.  Rub watercolor crayons over the stamp to give it a good coat.  You may want to stamp a sample to make sure you don’t have too much water or color.  Then repeat process.                                          Butterfly Wallhanging 3
  4. Stamp the butterflies where you desire.  Allow to dry.Butterfly Wallhanging 2
  5. Stamp sentiments in the center of the butterflies.  I chose some that reminded me that Life is a journey!  Explore each day that is given to us as a gift!  Thank God!  Discover what we can learn, enjoy or share within each moment, day and chapter.  See life as an adventure.  There will be up and downs (unfortunately some sadness) but don’t forget that each chapter – can have purpose.  There is a destination!  There are detours but there are goals and eventually a destination!  I’m choosing to make the most of my days!  PS ~ I’m a breast cancer survivor (3 years). Butterfly Wallhanging 4Butterfly Wallhanging 5Butterfly Wallhanging 6
  6. Remember that it’s okay if it’s not perfect!  That makes it original. Insert into frame and enjoy!   Butterfly Wallhanging 7Butterfly Wallhanging 8

Easy peasy and lovely.  Can coordinate with your colors, personalize or send a special message.  Again, thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey with your Fisk-a-friends!

Happy Hopping . . .

Start here . . .

  1. Jean Bullock, #8889, 
  2. Susan Slomski, #6150, 
  3. Cindy deRosier, #4113,
  4. Tifany DeGough, #5942, 
  5. Cheryl Waters, #002,
  6. Jean Marmo, #7358,
  7. Teresa Godines #6857
  8. Michelle O’Driscoll #7586
  9. Nancy Carroll  #11488
  10. Maya Oren-Dahan #351
  11. Amy Martin Jones #8546
  12. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) #2858
  13. Tanya Napier #5407
  14. Pamela Haskin #8040
  15. Stasia Sloma #9314
  16. Tracy Moloney  #6773
  17. Kim Chenez #5612

As always . . . warmest creative wishes,


Daughter, Wife, Mother, Friend, artist, vintage loving, law enforcement officer, Southern Californian, God and country loving girl who loves to meet like minded creative people, share life with new and old friends. Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide


  • Tona

    What a fabulous wall hanging. I really like that you used sentiments for the butterflies bodies.
    Thanks for a great tutorial too.

  • kim chenez

    What a great tutorial! I love the wall hanging. You never stop amazing me with your creativity. LOVE IT

  • Rhonda

    Wonderful tutorial, Cheryl I’ve been admiring your courage and artwork from afar. You are an amazing lady! Thank you for being a part of the bunny hop. We Fiskateers are an amazing force!

  • Beth Williams

    I got a new anti-virus, now I can visit again. I really like the wall hanging-like Tona using the words for the butterfly bodies-genius! I know just who I need to make something like this for.

  • Jenelle Reyes

    Wonderful wall hanging! I just love birds and butterflies too! I have all the stuff to make something like this except the frame. I’ve never made home decor using my craft stash but this sounds like fun! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • vicki

    I’ve been a fan of your art work for quite awhile – but really love the butterflies. Great way to create their bodies with words. can’t wait to try it out

  • Kelly Sasman

    Happy FiskaFriend Birthday to you dear Cheryl. You never cease to amaze me with you ability to put a story in your beautiful art pieces.

  • Janelle Rourke

    I love that you used word stamps for the bodies. So many ideas are coming to mind! Thanks so much for sharing and a chance to win!
    Janelle R #6189

  • barbara macaskill

    I love butterflies and they hold a very special meaning to me. My neighbor’s 7 year old son passed away 12 years ago and at his funeral there were tons of the butterflies that he so loved flitting around. Now I think of Joseph every time I see one.
    LOVE this pretty wall hanging and will be making one of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I am following you via email.

  • Patty 2832

    You are so creative and talented, Cheryl ! cute butterflies with the sentiment bodies! I’m lucky that we get to see a lot of them in the summer. I have a few butterfly bushes as well as other plants that attract them !

    patty 2832

  • Teresa Godines #6857

    Cheryl, you are always amazing me. I want to make one of my very own…… but wait…I have a project to complete….LOL But I will make on. I love the color combination. TFS

  • Suzi Metcalfe

    Someday I will get comfortable with this whole mixed media thing. As hard as you tried, I’m still leery! But I always adore what you do and love you to pieces! Suzi 5563

  • Amy Jones#8546

    Cheryl, Your work has always inspired me. and this one is no different. I love butterflies too so you got another thumbs up for that. Wonderful project and inspiring words. Thanks for joining in with the hop. HUGS

  • TracyM #6773

    BEAUTIFUL wall hanging Cheryl!!!
    LOVE your background and how you have stamped the sentiment in each butterfly!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and for making “making art” sound so easy, THANK YOU for being part of the Blog hop too 🙂
    PS – I’m an Aussie, so please don’t include me in your prize draw

  • Michelle

    Beautiful, perfect for Spring! Something I have been awaiting for the last 2 weeks here in the most North-Eastern Point! Michelle #7586 PS:fellow blogger from Canada don’t include me in your prize draw! Already following you!

  • Lesa #5200

    Love your art! The butterflies are fabulous and adding the inspiration words is genius. I’m inspired with every visit to your artsy blog! Thank you for sharing!

  • Donna Woods

    once again you have created a simply beautiful project. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and your sweet spirit

  • Tanya N #5407

    Oh Cheryl, I TOTALLY want to do this! I love butterflies and what they can represent. I also love that your art always carries a message of hope. <3

  • Heather Thompson

    That is a beautiful canvas, love the words as the body!! unique Thanks for the creativity.

  • Kellystar

    I love how you used inspirational words for the butterfly bodies…You are an inspiration Fiskafriend!