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Butterfly Specimen in a Box

By Kathybarbro @KathyBarbro
Butterfly Specimen in a BoxI was inspired by a painted butterfly over at Genine’s Art Blog, and simplified the look for kids with Sharpie markers and an origami box. 1. I started with an 11" square of white cover stock paper to make my box. Click on diagram below.
2. I made my butterfly by folding a 6" x 4.5" piece of white paper in half, lengthwise. I like using any kind of coated paper as the permanent markers glide on so easily. I drew my butterfly profile and cut it out.
3. I opened the butterfly and added the details in pencil trying to maintain the symmetry. I then traced the details in black and filled them in with permanent markers.
4. To mount my butterfly, I cut a strip of foam core small enough to fit behind the body and I taped it to the box. I then secured the butterfly with two small push pins – just like real entomologists do!Butterfly Specimen in a BoxCA Visual Art Standard: Creative Expression, Grade Two
2.5 Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance.

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