Recently I finished the ‘Paper Wings’ Instagram Challenge for Butterflies for Lupus where I was inspired by paper and butterflies. The paper and collage theme turned out to be quite a challenge for me. Although it has proved very lucrative in a personal and creative way, this year I found the collage theme very time consuming and really quite difficult to do. Having the pressure to complete a design everyday for 31 days didn’t help stress-wise but it did mean I pushed myself to finish a design each day and publish it on Instagram. Without this pledge I’m sure I would have given up well before the deadline. It also served as a great exercise for continuing and completing work, sometimes because you don’t have time to start again, or, just because you don’t like the beginning… but you must try and make the best of what you have! Many of the designs went through a ‘I don’t like this’ phase to suddenly improve and become one of my favourite butterflies. Collage work is definitely a jump into the unknown and it is hard to relax and continue when you are not totally in control of the outcome. It also gave me a great excuse to show my work even when I was not pleased with the final result, because the purpose was not to show my skill but to show my dedication in supporting Lupus. It’s all positive stuff for my confidence, I think it’s called ‘getting out of your comfort zone’ and it’s not such a bad thing at all. Also now that the showcase is finished I find myself with a drawer full of ‘physical’ butterfly collages, this is new to me and I keep going back to have a secret look at them.

Last of all I need to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the Showcase to help raise awareness for Lupus. For more information and to see the final showcase check out butterfliesforlupus.com and Pinterest.

I have included five of my favourite images created for the showcase!

Thanks again to everybody,

Dawn