Art · Mixed-media · Nature

Dragonflies and Butterflies

This small mixed-media canvas was made with beads, ribbons, papers, fibres, pressed flowers, fabric, and teabag papers for the dragonfly’s wings. Although dragonflies aren’t around until summer, I wanted to make something light and cheerful as spring arrives in our little corner of the world.

We’ve had a lot of rain this past week, which the trees and the plants are loving, as we’ve had a fairly dry winter. Trees are in blossom, buds are forming, and signs of new spring growth are all around. We’ve even spotted a few monarch butterflies making an early appearance this year.

I hope you’re having a good spring or autumn wherever you are in the world!

15 thoughts on “Dragonflies and Butterflies

  1. Delightful Christine! Such imagination you have to take all these little tidbits of lace, and buttons and so on and to create such a lovely spring composition. Happy spring! (We will be chasing a bit more of summer later in the month in Maui.) In Canada, the evenings are chilly already and the leaves are turning to fiery colours.


    1. Thanks Louise! I am pleased that spring has finally arrived and am looking forward to longer days and spending more time in the garden. A trip to Maui sounds wonderful! Happy autumn!


  2. So beautiful Christine. And so creative! I love the way you’ve shaped the dragonfly! Gorgeous materials and so diverse! So weird to know you are heading to spring while i’m heading to autumn. Beautiful photo of the butterfly and the blossoms. So crisp and clear! Enjoy the new awakening! Blessings, Ingeborg 😀


  3. Wow, this is such a stunning creation! The textures that you created are amazing and the dragonfly looks so delicate with it’s pretty teabag wings and beads – I love it 😁. How lovely to see spring blossoms and monarch butterflies too; I saw this butterfly for the first time whilst on vacation in the US last year and they are magnificent! Wishing you a wonderful week! Hugs, Jo x


    1. Thanks Jo! We get heaps of monarch butterflies here, especially over the summer. A lot of people grow swan plants in their gardens around here, which the caterpillars like to feed on. I have never tried growing one, but have often thought about it. Have a great weekend!

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