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Floral Wood Butterfly

If you know me, you know I work outside the box.  If you tell me "you have" to paint something pink, most likely I will paint it any color but pink. 
After opening the package I was looking at the beautiful wood grain on the Foundations Decor Wood Butterfly and thought I would show off the grain.   Instead of painting or papering the butterfly, I decided to enhanced the wood. 

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me tell you about the Foundations Decor wood.  I expected a product that I would have the prep before working with it.  Many wood products need to be finished by sanding to get a smooth finish.  There was no need to sand the Foundations Decor products, the wood is ready to work with.  

Oh, and I decided the body of my Wood Butterfly would be a clothespin!

Foundations Decor Wood Butterfly
Clothes Pin
Dixie Belle Van Dyke Glaze
Metalic Rub on
Argyle Amber Florals

Here is a sample of a painted and papered Foundations Decor Wood Butterfly!
When I started out I had every intention of painting and papering my butterfly. 

Then I opened the package and saw the beautiful wood grain. On to PLAN B!  I decided to show case this side (pictured above) with the dark grain running through the wood.
I have used the  Dixie Belle Van Dyke Glaze on several project in the past and knew it would give my butterfly a beautiful finish.

I painted the front, back and sides; then quickly removed the excess with a rag. At the same time I painted a clothespin to match the Wood Butterfly.  
I let the Foundations Decor Wood Butterfly set for about 15 minutes.

Once it was dry I added Metalic Rub on Wax around the edges of the Wood Butterfly and the clothespin.

Then the clothespin was attached with glue to the side of the butterfly without the beautiful wood grain.  The clothespin will be used to hold pictures or memos on my desk! 

Next flowers were added to the side with the wood grain, being careful not to cover it.

Not every butterfly will have this beautiful wood grain.  You will have to choose how you finish your Wood Butterfly when you get it.  I love how the Metalic Rub on Wax enhances the edges of the butterfly.

Foundations Decor Wood Butterfly would make a great gift!
Hope you are inspired.  Please let us know how you like the project we share.  Watch for a month of wood projects from the Altered Pages Design Team.
THANK YOU Foundations Decor
for partnering with us this month.


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