Pushing the boundaries of my paintings into 3D sculpted elements! Butterfly Silk Sculpture.

I completed this commission for a local pastor in Des Moines, Iowa. When I was looking at my sketch, I was inspired with an idea to take the artwork to the next level.

I decided I would embark on the journey to create a 3D sculpted silk butterfly instead of painting it directly onto the canvas.

I set out to sculpt the butterfly with silk and wire. The butterfly alone took 9 hours to create. I had to figure it out on the go because I had never tried to sculpt a butterfly before! I decided to try silk because I wanted a slightly sheer and delicate look for the wings. I've been experimenting with paper clay lately, so I decided that would be perfect for the body. While I was gluing the silk on the wire, I glued my fingers together WAY too many times haha. I struggled with the super glue for sure! I think I'll be trying something a little different on my next butterfly. Once the paint was on my butterfly, I was so excited to place it on the artwork!

I attached the butterfly with magnets so the butterfly can be removed when the artwork needs transported. I think I'll play around with future artwork designs where the butterfly can be placed in different locations on the work depending how the owner feels that particular day.

I’m noodling around with my butterfly I sculpted for the last commissioned painting. I think I’d like to make some butterflies for my moss art pieces. And maybe some other bugs. I think a praying mantis could be super cool with moss art. What kinds of bugs would you like to see me sculpt?

I've been doing some research about different ways to create beautiful butterflies as well as flowers. I can't wait to try out some new techniques!

If you are interested in commissioning your own painting with sculpted elements, perhaps a butterfly, don't be shy about reaching out! You can contact me HERE.

I'd love to create for you!


If you want to follow more of my process, a great place is on my facebook page by clicking HERE and following.


Thank you so much for reading my blog today <3


God Bless,

Kathleen Joy

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