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Artist Feature: Emma SanCartier - OddFauna

We are delighted to host Emma SanCartier, owner and creator of OddFauna, for two in-person workshops at our Seattle headquarters this June! Emma SanCartier is an Illustrator and sculptor living in Seattle. Working as a professional artist for 10+ years, Emma has been building a body of work that focuses on fantastical representations of the natural world. Often playing with opposites, Emma’s work can be playful and dark, humorous and emotional. While illustrating for a diverse range of clients, she has also participated in conventions and gallery shows all over the country. She is currently art directing an indie game based on her OddFauna creatures where each character in the game is hand sculpted. Emma will be teaching how to...

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Moth and Myth Installation at Roq La Rue Gallery

We are incredibly thrilled to share the first ever Moth and Myth pop-up installation at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle! The vision for this dreamy space covered in swirling clouds of butterflies had been many years in the making, and we felt beyond lucky to have such a stunning venue to bring our whimsical dreams to life. For this installation, we used the brand new Mint Morpho Butterfly Set, which features the same butterfly (Morpho catenarius) in various sizes, giving depth and volume to the flurry of butterflies. Once our team had styles the wings, we spent all week covering the gallery in a flock of thousands of butterflies, which fluttered up the walls and windows and across the high ceilings.  At...

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Butterfly Bell Jar Tutorial

Making bell jars is a fun and affordable project in which you’ll create a beautiful gift or piece of decor for your home. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to build bell jars with our paper butterflies and moths, and are delighted to share a step-by-step tutorial explaining the process! We recently released Multi-Packs that make it easy to do this project! You can also follow along as we go through these steps on YouTube and TikTok!  Materials:Butterflies: We’re working with the Blue and White Morpho Butterflies. Any of our multi-packs are great for this project! Bell Jar: Ours is from IKEA and is 10 3/4” tall. You’ll want to find a bell jar with a wooden base, since...

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Free Coloring Book Page!

We are offering a free coloring book page as part of our Customer Appreciation Week!  Right-Click the image below to download and print the full-size sheet, or follow this link to download the image. This image was designed by illustrator/writer Siolo Thompson, whose work you can read more about in our artist feature! The artwork was inspired by our limited specimen set, the Ghost Cicada.  "In the popular imagination the butterfly has long served as a symbol of transformation and change. We are awed by its progression - from egg, to caterpillar, pupa, to winged adult. It is easy to see why the butterfly reminds us to change and grow, to evolve gracefully through the stages of life in order to one...

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Making a Butterfly Kaleidoscope Shadowbox

Making shadowboxes is a fun and easy craft project to do at home, and a wonderful way to create new art for your walls. Using our lifelike paper specimens makes it sustainable and vegan! While there’s many different styles of shadowboxes you can make (including one we've already shared!), today we’ll walk you through how to put together a Kaleidoscope Shadowbox with our paper Monarch and Viceroy butterflies. Fun Fact: Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope?  To start, we got a Keepsake Box from a craft store. These boxes are great for displaying memorabilia and curiosities. The one we chose is 11”x14” with a 1.5” depth, and features a back wall covered in felt. To...

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