So my guilty pleasure in life is the show Gossip Girl. I love the clothes, love the penthouse decor of the upper east side, and I love the drama. In Serena’s new bedroom in her apartment with Blair there is an amazing Paul Villinski piece of sculptural wall art that I want everyone to know more about. Villinski uses found beer cans, colors them with soot, and then attaches each seperate butterfly individually into the wall to create a design.
I decided I could take all my beautiful La Croix sparkling water cans and replicate for my own home, since I am not sure I could afford Mr. Villinski to come to my house and personally attach each piece to the wall. See my efforts below! Oh..but I used spray paint (instead of soot) so my results aren’t as eco-friendly, but I am still recycling trash and making wall treasure, so I feel good about it!
I have finally added step by step pictures of how I made my wall sculpture! Note: I mixed together about 6 different shapes of butterflies and enlarged certains ones to make it look like a variety of species. I recently installed a new design in my client’s home office that wraps around a corner and over a window- we both are so happy with the result!
After this step you have to prime and then paint the butterflies. Spray paint is so much easier than trying to use a brush, but without the primer the paint one stick! Also, Martha Stewart has an adapter that you can pour acrylic paint into and spray that I purchased at Michael’s. It was a little messy, but allowed me to get the exact color I wanted rather than be stuck with the choices available only in the spray paint aisle. *Make sure to clean it out properly after each use or the paint will clog up and it will be worthless.
Then poke 2 vertical holes in the “body” of the butterfly. Loop the wire through and bend on one end to hold in the butterfly- the other end will go directly into the wall. I used a large open safety pin to put a small hole that angles down into the wall. Then I placed the wire in the hole following the downward angle. The shorter you cut the wire part that actually goes into the wall, the easier it is to place exactly where you want. I liked my wire at several different lengths so that they butterflies grouping had some depth to it. I didn’t paint the wire, but it was pretty discreet once all the butterflies were in place.
Good luck with your project!