My button frog is just about ready to be applied to a canvas or other suitable backdrop. I haven't figured that part out yet. But when I do, I will post it. I love how the flexible sub-surface I put the buttons on creates an action pose. He looks like he is ready to jump!
I created this redo of Matisses' Purple Robe and Anemones as a challenge in a local gallery art show. It is made from buttons, fabric, thread and acrylic paint.
I often incorporate thrift store items in my art. I am an enthusiast of reusing items instead of throwing them away.
I buy most of my clothes second-hand. That is what inspired me to create these three drawings.
The first one is of a fashionable young lady who likely bought her pretty skirt new. The fabric is of excellent quality.
The second one is of a young lady who either works or is going to school. She bought the skirt second-hand.
The third one depicts a young mother who bought the skirt third-hand. The excellent fabric is still pretty on her little girl.
I found the rattan fish outline at a thrift store a few years ago. I thought at the time, it would be fun to incorporate the simple shape into button art. I started by spray painting it silver. The silver worked well with the silver metal buttons I chose to use on the fish body. I cut out a duplicate of the fish shape from a matt board. More recently, I made a trip to a thrift store to find a shirt to use as a background under the fish, as well as the "canvas" area. I covered the board shape with the sleeve of the shirt I bought. I put the covered board behind the fish and began mounting buttons in the fish's scale areas. The board was thin enough for me to punch holes into it to pull the coated wire I use for button mounting. I sewed the buttons on the face area and hot-glued the silver buttons to the tail area. I stretched the back of the thrift shop shirt around a piece of corrugated cardboard. Then I punch holes in it to mount the finished fish shape on to it. The black frame works, but I will probably look for an alternative. The entire piece is about 19" x 24".
I finally got around to sewing favorite plastic buttons to a beautiful needlework art. I found the needlework panel at a thrift store. It is beautifully done and I think it is a great showcase for my buttons!
I saw these chipboard notebooks at Michael's a couple of months ago, so I bought them and kept them idle until I could think of how to use them. When I happened upon a box of denim fabric squares a friend had given me, I decided to create a button book. I have a lot of plain, but interesting non-collectible buttons in my collection. Having so many to chose from, I just started by picking out groups of color-matched ones. Now that the book is complete, I enjoy looking at the variety of buttons in it. And I know the children (and adults) in my life will, too. If you'd like to order the Instruction Page for this book, click the book image below. Contact me at holeybuttons.com for an Instruction Sheet.
I am pretty excited about my button art, Pink Button Fish, being part of the Tarpon Springs FL Illuminated Art Box Project! It makes me so happy that button art was accepted.
I finally traveled to Tarpon Springs to get a photo of my Button Fish art. It's part of this year's Tarpon Springs FL Illuminated Art Box Project. You can see it on Dodecanese Blvd across the street from Dimitri's on the Water Greek Restaurant.
For more information on the show & sale, click here: Florida State Button Society Show
This National Button Society’s “Capturing the Magic of Buttons" button craft workshop features flowers for a Button Bouquet. It was presented by Sylvia Liszka Durell, leader of the NBS Creating with Buttons Program Committee. You can see the recorded part of the program on YouTube at:
Creating With Buttons--
Saturday, June 12, 2021-- 2-4pm
I will be presenting a Button Bouquet tutorial that will give you ideas on how to use interesting little salt shakers and miniature vases to show off your pretty buttons. They make unique thank-you gifts and holiday gifts as well. All you need are buttons, floral wire and tape, a bit of greenery (optional) and pretty containers.
I will explain in the tutorial how to make the pictured miniature shoe display and various flowers in the bouquet below..
Sylvia Liszka Durell, Author
Owner of HoleyButtons.com and a founding member of the Hernando County Button Collectors Group in Florida.