Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Another page in Hands and a handy tutorial

I was pretty happy with this spread, even if I did make a mistake by adding the Zig pen dots around the image. Not liking the outcome, I printed out the sentiment and continued with a silver ink background for the computer generated words. For the page background, I used red, orange, and white checked tissue that I thought looked rather like the 50s or 60s, where I suspect these gals still live.

When I scanned it though, I thought how plain this spread looked, so decided to do something about it.

I have tons of white buttons, none of which are the same design. So I decided to alter these to match my red and orange paper. All you need are the following materials:

UHU tac or other tacky non-permanent substance
Craft sheet
Sharpie permanent markers, colors of your choice (or any permanent pen of your choice)
Old buttons, any color, any style


1. Warm a bit of UHU tac in your hand. When warm, roll in a ball and lay on the craft sheet.
2. Place desired button over UHU tac and press until the button stays in place.
3. Using your favorite permanent ink pen, color each button, being sure to color the rim.

Alternative: Using a gel pen, draw squiggles, dots, or other designs in the button once you have laid down the base color.

Now I'm really happy with this piece. I think the buttons are the perfect addition to this mid-century modern spread.

3 thoughtful remarks:

Halle said...

The buttons added that final touch. Perfect!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I am a big fan of dots AND buttons, both add nice interest to your lovely page Elizabeth!

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, I LOVE this spread! The retro images (of course) contrasted with the bright background. And I love the idea of colouring your own buttons! How many times do I wish I had "something" to add to a piece and don't have just the right colour. Your words are fun too - this spread is a dilly...hubba hubba! :)

Cindy :)