Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

June 7, 2012

Button Button Who's Got the Button?

In my neverending quest for new craft ideas, I did another project that I saw on Pinterest, seen here!  

I had a spare bit of canvas leftover from crayon melting and I started working up the idea.  At first, I thought of covering the canvas with colourful fabric.  But the more I chewed on that idea, the less I liked it and opted to break out the watercolour paints and do sunset (or sunrise) colours.


Meanwhile I'd searched on my computer for a font I liked, printed out the word "LOVE" and enlarged the letters so that I could trace them onto the painted canvas.  After I had the letters enlarged, I also worked up a quick prototype just to see what the buttons would look like.

After cutting out each letter I placed them on the canvas for light tracing.


After it was traced, I did the button design again.  I didn't let myself get married to the idea of the buttons that I laid down at all, because once I started gluing them, I made a whole bunch of changes.

Due to a measuring fail on my part, I had to add the buttons on the left border.  I have not decided if I am going to add anything to this or not, i.e. fill-in beads, due to the fact that some of the outlines still show.  I would really love some opinions from you all as to whether I should leave this as-is, or add stuff to make the letters more uniform in their appearance.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, this is really pretty :)

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  2. I LOVE this project idea. Another one to add to my favorites bookmarks.

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  3. I really dig the colors you used. I also like, in the first photo, how a double row of buttons is used to sort of "fatten up" the letters, a bit.
    Some Dark Romantic

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  4. So pretty, I especially love the heart button in the right corner

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  5. You are just endlessly inventive! Well done you :0)

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  6. The things you think of!

    Actually, I just found a set of Winnie-The-Pooh buttons in my sewing box, which was a surprise.

    I was also surprised when a former colleague said her husband had a phobia of buttons. Apparently it's not uncommon, and even has a name!

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  7. I like how this looks as you did it, especially the colored background. But since you asked... I would add some fill in stuff (the pencil lines showing would always drive me crazy), but it would also add a more random appearance and some extra little surprises.

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  8. I think it turned out great! It looks very cool and the buttons on the side are a nice touch.
    Valerie
    Everyday Inspired

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  9. Wonderful.
    You have literally buttoned up the love quotient.

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  10. You amaze me JoJo! The ideas you come up with are all so unique and always look so pretty. Well done. :)

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  11. Thanks everyone for your kind words. I wish I could take credit for these ideas but it's really Pinterest that gets me thinking!! Maybe I will just lay some beads down on this just to see how it'd look, w/o committing to the glue just yet. I do like the way this looks as-is, but the darn lines still show.

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  12. Beads are a great filler for those vacant spaces. Clustering the buttons also gives more texture. I think you did a super job. I♥buttons!

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  13. Love, by nature is anything but uniform.

    Keep it as is. That's my vote.
    xo

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  14. Love your LOVE!!!

    I am thinking of signing up for Pinterest myself. Do you think its worthwhile?

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  15. This is lovely and so simple I'd like to try this myself.

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  16. L-O-V-E that! LOL I think it is very nice!

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  17. This is such a creative idea, I have so many buttons in a little box now might just do something with them now you have given me some inspiration.

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