Painted Butterfly Luggage Tag

Does this luggage tag say ‘fun and adventure’  to you?

Nope, I didn’t think so, either.

I’m already anticipating lots of fun and adventure as we travel to both worldwide Cockayne Syndrome retreats this summer.  The first one’s in California and the second,  in North Wales, England.  These are special opportunities to meet a few other families walking down the same road we are with Cockayne Syndrome.

The butterfly is a symbol for children with CS, so I wanted to make some special butterfly luggage tags.

I sent a photo in for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors luggage tag challenge but realized the next day that I had mis-read the deadline (I confess, this is a recurring theme in my artistic story).  Oh well, I’ll keep my eyes open for upcoming challenges.

I cut some butterfly wings out of grunge paper and gathered my paints. Calling what I do here a ‘technique’ may be a stretch, but I always love the results.

I squeezed some pretty blobs onto my cookie sheet…

Then I blend the blobs, just until the edges of the colors begin to mix.

Then I take the grunge paper wings and play around with them: pressing them down into the paint, moving them around,  and bringing them straight up from the paint to dry.  I love the swirly patterns and the texture when it dries.

Here are the dried wings…


A piece of thick cardboard became the body of the butterfly. I painted it black and wrapped it with 18 gauge wire.

I punched holes into the wings and wired them onto the body.

A magenta heart and decorative heart clip were added onto the front with a large jump ring.

A metal ring was added to the top to secure it to our bag.

I stamped our address information in white onto the back of the wings.

Now this is more like it!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my art.

Looking forward to…