I wasn't able to take pictures of before I even started (forgot), and only remembered to take pics of my progress when I started washing the paper.
The paper was plain, but a bit yellowish because it's old, and I added brown washes at the corners to add more age in it. Also painted the crimson butterflies on each side.
The hardest part I think is cutting the stencil. I had cardboard (no idea how thick but it's thick cardboard) and then painted it black. I actually have a black foam board, but it's way too thick for my liking so I used the cardboard and painted it with black acrylic. I actually just used a masking tape to stick the stencil on the paper, but I plan on using glue later.
Finally, added woodstain on the wood to make it darker.
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