Local artist Katherine Lampert is showing us how to make our own symmetrical butterfly by using recyclable objects!
- Acrylic or tempera paint (we like the washable variety)
- Any kind of paper
- Pencil or crayon
- Upcycled toilet paper roll insert
- An adhesive: glue, paste or tape will all work
- A smock or apron when painting is always a good idea!
Start by folding a piece of paper in half. Sketch out half of a butterfly using your pencil, then cut out both halves at the same time, so that you have two matching sides with a fold in the center.
Open up your butterfly wings. Apply paint thickly, creating a design on one side only. Before your paint dries, fold your wings together, pressing down so that the design from one wing prints onto the other. Open up your wings to see your symmetrical design! Allow to dry.
In the meantime, use an upcycled toilet paper roll to create the butterfly’s body. Decorate the body, paint a silly face, make antennae, and allow to dry. Once dried, glue or tape the wings onto the back!
See how Katherine assembled hers by checking out this episode of Curious By Nature.