I saw button art on Pinterest a while ago and fell in love with it instantly! Over summer, Sainsbury’s had a big sale on art and craft supplies so I bought a few canvases and decided to have a go! (Dave has since stocked me up with a huge pile of canvases and a rather large consignment of buttons – gotta love my shopaholic hubby!)
I wanted to use a hot glue gun to glue my buttons, so I waited for a quiet moment when Annabelle was at a settling in session with her new childminder. I know some people let little ones use glue guns, but I’m not that brave, especially after seeing my poor friend’s burnt finger sustained when using a glue gun!
I decided to start simple, with a rainbow coloured ‘A’ monogram for Annabelle’s room. I played arround in MS Word until I found a suitable font and size then cut out the letter and traced it faintly onto the canvas. I am yet to solve the ‘pencil line’ issue (some of the pencil lines could still be seen when finished) so I rubbed out the marks between the buttons this time. I have tried other techniques since, but some lines can still be seen. Maybe I need to use dots instead of a solid line? Gives me an excuse to make more button pictures and find out!
I sorted my buttons into our sorting tray (dipping platter!!) and started arranging them onto the canvas. Once I was happy with the rough arrangement, I got on with the the fun bit – glueing!
I am pretty pleased with the result considering it was my first time, and Annabelle is thrilled with her ‘A for Annabelle!’