Sunday, May 13, 2012

Come check out the Button Swap!

Happy Mother's Day!
Today is the reveal for a Button Swap, that I joined.  Thank you, Cindy Wimmer, for putting this great swap together!
I had so many ideas for this swap that I had a hard time deciding what to do and what buttons to use.
I finally decided on a journal cover, since I am still having a blast making them.
I have been making journal pages and mixed media canvases with She Art girls on them, and today I finally recreated one into a quilted piece.

Then I came across this verse from Proverbs 31:13, "She works with her hands in delight", and thought it would be the perfect addition to this piece.  At first when I read this verse it made me think of how happy I am when I am creating with my hands, and how grateful I am to be able to do that.  Then i realized that I need to work in delight even when I am doing things like the dishes (UGH) or mopping the floor or cooking dinner when I don't feel like it!
The buttons I used were all vintage buttons from my collection, and I glued them on since some of them didn't have a shank on the back anymore.
I love her burlap boot socks with those funky floral boots, and ruffled skirt.
The birds were added by drawing on the fabric with the Caran d'Ache Neocolor II pencils, then adding water.  I have used these pencils many times before on fabric and this is the first time it ran, but it turned into one of those happy mistakes.  I also used those pencils for a bit of color in the sky and on the ground.
Be sure the check out all the blogs below to see what other artists have created with their buttons!  The complete list is below:
 Kim Roberts and Partner unable to participate at this time.
Pam Ferarri and Stefanie Teufel (will share their reveal on a later date)
Stefanie Teufel and Pam Ferarri (will share their reveal on a later date)

21 comments:

Jeannie said...

Fabulous journal cover with your buttons

AntiquityTravelers said...

that is such a sweet cover! love it!

Cilla said...

What a fantastic and creative use for your buttons! Love the design . Great work!

My Life Under the Bus said...

SO so cute!!! Love those little blue birds - lovely work!

Cindy said...

Oh I love how you made a non-jewelry project with your buttons! You know I am a big fan of your journal covers. I've never seen anything like them. I like how you placed the girl on the spine of the journal and how the sweet buttons embellish her dress. What a beautiful quote as well. Thank you for participating and sharing your art with us!

Shannon Chomanczuk said...

So cute!

Pretty Things said...

The journal is AMAZING. This is the sort of art I really, really love.

Bonnie said...

Oh, I love the journal cover! Very nice.

Hopemore Studio said...

b-l-o-w-n- a-w-a-y!! This is gorgeous. I am so happy to see other mixed media gals in the hop.
~Angie

In the Light of the Moon said...

This is the first time I am visiting your blog and work and all I can say is drool drool drool!! Love all your work and this cover is GORGEOUS!!
Cat

N Valentine Studio said...

How cool! I think this swap/hop has brought out some really cool unique ideas.

Kim said...

I just love the journal cover. Wonderful :-)

SuzQ said...

I love it!! I'm glad I wasn't the only mixed media person!! thanks for the nice comments. Yours is awesome!!!

Holly said...

Oh wow, I *love* your journal cover! It's just lovely. (and I'm addicted to my caran d'ache...all forms of 'em)

Fredbean's Nook said...

What a surprise to visit your blog and not find jewelry, but find a creative and beautiful journal cover. LOVE the birds and the buttons are perfect.

LoriF said...

I love your journal cover...it's nice to see such a creative idea! Really, really love your blog banner as well; it perfectly marries the jewelry and the quilting...nice job!

LoriF said...

Hmmm...how odd; I've never seen a comment just "disappear". So...I don't know if this will post twice or not, if it does..sorry! Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your creative journal cover AND the beautiful banner on your blog...wonderful job on both!

Julia said...

What a cool looking journal cover, and what fun buttons you received! Thank you for sharing your project with all of us <3

*~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

KayzKreationz said...

That is so cute. I love the way you incorporated the buttons into your journal.

Firefly Visions said...

I am envious of that journal cover. I just recently started art journaling and have been experimenting with my own covers, but haven't been brave enough to try fabric yet.

Shanti Johnson said...

Wooooooooow! Way beyond gorgeous! That is a incredible journal cover!! What a talent! Drool!

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