Butterfly sculptures by Bill Lazar. $10 for single butterflies; $24 to $30 for unsigned groupings; $35 to $1200 for signed, limited editions. The Butterfly Rainbow. 3301 New Mexico Ave. NW. 362-2503.
Supercoloring. About $40. Available through the Camalier & Buckley catalogue and at all China Closet stores; the Door Store, Georgetown; and Woodward/Lothrop, Washington.
The traditional modes of decorating walls -- paper, paint, prints and posters -- are now sharing space with a variety of innovative wall hangings.
Bill Lazar, shown here with his butterfly sculptures, combines bursts of color from the wings of butterflies into delicate designs, using a plexiglass frame as his canvas. The result is a visual illusion that "captures the openness of the butterfly" and gives the viewer an impression of "stepping into a field and startling the butterflies, as if they're in the wild, floating free." Most of the butterflies are imported from collectors and commercial breeders in South America, Africa and Indonesia, the most expensive and elusive being those that are difficult to breed, such as the ones colored like mother-of-pearl (their scientific name, Morpho sulkowski, sounds as spectacular as they look). Lazar gladly receives special orders for color-schemed sculptures, or even something unexpected like his lateven something unexpected like his latest creation of a custom-made dining room butterfly window.
On the other hand, there's participatory wall art, like this still life made by Supercoloring. Supercoloring satisfies the adult's urge to sneak out the box of Crayolas and to color with abandon, but the canvas here is a special cloth imprinted with a silkscreened design. Crayons are suggested because they're familiar and easy to use, but acrylic paints, oil pastels, crewel, embroidery and applique work just as well. There are four other nearly-mural-sized designs to choose from (a lady with a cat, Dorothy traveling to Oz, a row of townhouses and a scene from India), and all come with instructions, three small photocopies of the design and a piece of fabric on which to practice, and a pine frame for mounting. The artist working on the canvas has total discretion in choosing colors to match a room, or even in leaving the design uncolored.