I just love creating lampshades ! For my friend Avital’s birthday, I created a butterfly lampshade and I enjoyed every minute of it !
It all started in my studio. A screening look around the studio, I checked what materials where at hand.
- A Japanese paper lampshade was patiently laying in the corner for the room waiting to be given life too.
- For a while I have been saving left overs of tracing paper from sketching patterns in my sewing classes. I like this paper, transparent, flexible, pleasant to draw on it, and I am always looking for further creations to do with it. I could see all the transparent butterflies dancing on the round lampshade.
- I wanted to give it a warm and rich glow : Gold spray paint to be sprayed on the tracing paper.
- After printing butterflies shapes, I had to find a way to trace the butterflies on the tracing paper, A thin gold marker.
- The butterflies had to be free flowing. Just a thin string of transparent glue in the middle of the butterfly before landing them on the lampshade.
I also very much enjoy repetitive work, it’s meditative, peaceful, mind cleaning. So I moved around for a few days with my butterflies, in the studio, in the living room with the children around busy in their own activities, sharing stories. By the end, quite a few butterflies happily came to life and landed on the lampshade together, creating a subtle oneness.
Material needed :
- Japanese paper lampshade
- tracing paper
- gold spray paint
- Thin gold marker
- butterfly templates
- Glue : I used Twist and glue UHU glue
Creative steps :
- Spray Paint the Tracing paper in an irregular fashion. Let dry.
- Trace the butterflies from the butterflies template with a thin gold marker
- cut the butterflies
4. Slowly glue the butterflies on the Japanese paper lampshade