Free as a Butterfly by Lena Holmström

Jan 29, 2019 | Free Projects, Video tutorial

Today’s project by Resident Tutor Lena is elegant but edgy, fresh and unexpected. See how she used her stencils in an unconventional way in this awesome video tutorial!

Create cool effects by printing with your stencils!

As you all know I love old books and I love to use book pages in many different ways. Here I decided to make butterflies that depict freedom. Lots of butterflies. The stencils from Bubbly Funk worked in perfect combination with my idea.

In the end I made so many butterflies that my hanging became pretty tall! This book assemblage looks lovely hung on the wall where the butterflies can fly freely.


  • Old book and book pages
  • Bubbly Funk Stencils: #11 Key to My Heart, #21 I Heart You, #7 Arrows, #10 Hearts
  • TCW Modeling Paste: Marcasite
  • White gesso
  • Fiskars Punch: Butterfly
  • Twine
  • Sealing wax and seal

Video tutorial

Project Slideshow

Meet the author

Lena Holmström

Lena Holmström

Lena is a 57 year old mixed media artist from Finland, where she lives in Turku, a small town on the south west coast. She’s a proud mother of triplets, born in 1990. As long a she can remember she has been creative; it’s her mother’s legacy. Her motto is: “Art is my life and my life is art.”


Thank you to our sponsors, Bubbly Funk, who supplied the fabulous stencils for this project!


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