Butterflies is a term used for identifying a natural occurrence in wood.  The formation of a “butterfly” happens when sap accumulates below and around knots and other wood stress points. They often take the shape of butterflies. This look is obtained with a softener like our BADGER BRUSH or a SPALTER.

Butterflies 01

wood butterfly

butterfly drawing

On a glazed surface, use a soft brush that is closely held to the surface, and gently push the glaze to pool in the butterfly formation.  Then, use a rag to gently dab off between the wings to accent.

butterfly practice

pine butterfly

Pine is traditionally pretty knotty.

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