Monday, 10 June 2013

Button Challenge

Our challenge with Simon Says Stamp and Show is a simple one this week, simply use a button in your project, you can use lots like me or one solitary button, the choice is yours.

A new button hair style was the key this week for my mixed media canvas.

As soon as we were given this challenge I knew I wanted to use the face from the Stampers Anonymous Classics 5 stamp set and give her a new hair style created with, yes you guessed it, buttons. I used lots of buttons from my collection but I also added some extra special ones from Prima Flowers Fairy Belle Wood Buttons . The background to my canvas has been given lots of textural interest using Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste, Black Embossing Paste and Metallic Gold Embossing Paste. This piece is so tactile!
I began by covering my canvas board with texture adding White Embossing Paste through the Crafters Workshop Dina's Mini Letter Chaos stencil and once dry painting over the whole canvas with Mocha Mousse PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint, watering the paint down slightly. I decided on a warm tone so that when I applied my image on tissue paper her face would have a warm tone in the background.
I stamped the face image into a piece of tissue paper using black Archival Ink and adhered to the canvas using Multi-Medium Matt, applying a coat to the top of the image to protect, taking care not to rip the tissue. I then began the fun part of adhering a mix of buttons for her hair. Once I was happy with the arrangement I then painted over all the buttons with a coat of Gesso.
Once the canvas was completely dry I then sprayed with Dylusions Ink Sprays in Squeezed Orange, Calypso Teal and touches of Melted Chocolate. Once the inks were dry I then dry brushed Gesso over some areas to highlight.
I then added more of those special buttons from Prima, threading with a touch of black twine. I added touches of gold adding Metallic Gold Embossing Paste through the Crafters Workshop stencil.
I also added FRAGILE to my canvas using black Embossing Paste through Wendy Vecchi's Classic Words Stencil, adding to a couple of areas on my canvas for a further layer of interest. To highlight all the texture I have used I also applied Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Gilding Wax to all the raised areas and to the edges of my canvas.
For a little more interest and for a little metallic touch I also added some Prima Jeans Buttons, these add another layer of interest and texture to my canvas. From this angle you can also see the fabulous Treasure Gold Gilding Wax added to the buttons and Embossing Paste along with the highlights from the dry brushed Gesso.
To complete, I added some Label Letters to spell FRAGILE once again, added to the top right hand side of my canvas.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 




Products Used:

Stampers Anonymous Classic 5 Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Label Letters
Prima Flowers Fairy Belle Wood Button
Prima Flowers Jeans Buttons
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste
Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold Embossing Paste
Wendy Vecchi Stencils For Art Classic Words
Crafters Workshop Dina's Mini Letter Chaos Stencil
PaperArtsy Mocha Mousse Fresco Finish Paint
PaperArtsy Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Gilding Wax 
Black Archival Ink
Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matt
Claudine Hellmuth Gesso
Dylusions Inks Sprays - Squeezed Orange, Calypso Teal, Melted Chocolate
Black Twine





35 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow that is some hair! Fab use of buttons! Hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

An incredible canvas board Tracy with fabulous textural layers. The idea of button hair is magnificent and has worked perfectly with that wistful face, such a cool piece of art. Love it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Helen said...

Great project Tracy, it was fab in brown before you coloured the buttons, even. However, the final result is gorgeous.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, WOW !! I adore your canvas, love the 'face' stamp and your buttons 'hair' is gorgeous. Love everything about your canvas, and a brilliant tutorial.
Your card yesterday was so gorgeous, loved it. Couldn't access internet all day yesterday.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

rachel said...

this is stunning Tracy - that hair just looks amazing xx

Barb Cady said...

Such a clever canvas Tracy, the brown version before you put the final layers of paint is great too, great layers all round! X

Sue said...

What a fab idea, love it:)

Crafting Queen said...

Amazing creation.

Dianne said...

Hello Tracy,love the background, how you added your beautiful stamped image on tissue beautiful,the colors are beautiful and those buttons for her hair was brilliant, I love her hair, its a brilliant make, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day..

Netty said...

wow thats a lot of buttons......great results. Hugs Annette x

Trish Latimer said...

Phwoar!! That button hair is amazing!!!! xxxxx

Candy C said...

Tracy...I LOVE this canvas! Your use of the buttons or hair is brilliant! I really love everything about this...the colors are awesome. The extra Prima buttons and smaller metallic buttons you added on after applying the gesso really is finish off the canvas so nicely. Sometimes it's hard to use that gorgeous face because of her head being so flat on top...but you rocked it! <3 Candy

Anna-Karin said...

Amazing canvas Tracy! What a great idea to use buttons as hair and the colours and textures of the canvas are wonderful. I wish I could touch it!

Claudine C. said...

This is super fun and so beautiful

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Absolutely beautiful art work, Tracy! I love seeing the step by step of how you completed this very cool project!


*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Kim Dellow said...

Totally beautiful Tracy! Just loving it! Kimx

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Love this!!

Ria Gall said...

Hi Tracy
you have used my all time fav stamp with the face stamp and I love love love what you have done with the buttons to make her hair.
Such a beautiful piece Tracy
Ria

butterfly said...

Just fabulous... I love that stamp - she's just so versatile, and the button hairstyle is sensational - gorgeous make, Tracy!
Alison x

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Hi Tracy WOW I just love this piece. What a great way to use all those buttons that we all have, in abundance!! Don't think that hair style will catch on though, shame cause it's brilliant! Your step by step is super dupa! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Debbie R xx

Lori said...

What a cool way to use buttons, Tracy! Brilliant to use them as the "hair"!

Redanne said...

Really love your clever use of the buttons for her hair, I never quite know how to use this stamp but you have used it brilliantly. Hugs, Anne x

Ellie Knol said...

GORGEOUS! I also appreciate the stepbysteps... it turned out beautiful!

Monique said...

Beautiful! I loved seeing her change color and I love all the buttons in her hair =)
xx

Sandy said...

Wonderful Tracy - I do love buttons!
sandy

Jeannette said...

Waauww,this is amazing button piece,love all details and colors on these,love it to much!!!

Greetings Jeannette

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous! Love the mix of the gesso on the buttons which blends to the bold colors on the canvas. Lovely design!

Anita Houston said...

I LOVE how you did the color Tracy!!! Totally awesome and mesmerizing to go from browns to blues! She is a beauty!

soapHOUSEmama said...

This seriously blows me away! LOVE IT!

Buttons said...

SO clever Tracy. I've just been drooling over the details - the gesso'd buttons and gilding through the stencil are utterly gorgeous. Hugs, Jenny x

Sandra said...

Really pretty, Tracy! Love how gesso can transform the look of things! Amazing piece, with beautiful color! Hugs, Sandra

Nunt said...

This is just total awesomeness...

2amscrapper said...

I just had to come over from Simon Says to tell you how incredibly brilliant this is!

Hanneke said...

Wow Tracy this is just amazing! I love how creative you are. The buttons are gorgeously placed. Hugs, Hanneke

Michelle Webb said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I absolutely adore this Tracy, this is awesome! Love that dry brush gesso over the top, it just finishes it off so well. I really love it. Michelle x