I decided to launch into the two butterflies that will be used for the diptych card first. They proved to be very labor intensive, but I'm happy with the results. Using my handy dandy Butterfly and Moth reference guide, I decided to us the shapes of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly and the Common Blue butterflies. I created some large templates in paper first, then traced them onto my wood.
As mentioned previously, these are going to be used to create two cards that will work together as a diptych--the body will be split down the middle to make the two cards. I decided to cut out some general shapes of tools to set the foundation for the blue one, and used some rosette moldings for the colorful one.
The blue one has already been reserved by one lucky Kickstarter backer, but at the time of this posting, the colorful one is still up for grabs!
Here's how they will look as the cards--remember that one butterfly will be on each side.
Again, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has backed the project so far! I'll start launching into the birds this week, so stay tuned for my next update!