Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trees and buttons and glue...

Recently at our Crafty Weekend, this is what I worked on.



I had an image in my mind of what I wanted to create.
But I almost left the canvases at this stage just because I love the way they look!
They have sort of a crisp modern beachy look.

I simply used plain canvases, acrylic paint, and school glue.


You brush on the glue in a thin layer. (This can be done on poster board, canvas, fabric, practically anything.)
When the glue starts to get tacky, BEFORE it's dried, brush on the acrylic paint.
(I just used cheap foam brushes.)
They dry at different rates, causing a crackle finish.



I joked with my friend about putting a 90's style crackle finish on my cabinets and furniture...
What I was really going for here was texture.
I just wanted a lot of dimension and texture in my art.

While the paint was drying, I cut out trees from newspaper.
Once the paint was dry, I decoupaged them on.



I'm a button hoarder so I pulled out my button stash and picked colors that I liked, then hot glued them around the trees.




The hardest part of this project was hot gluing all the buttons on.
And removing the hot glue "hairs"... Those drive me batty.

But it was very easy, very inexpensive, very soothing, and I love the end result!
Happy Saturday!!

12 comments:

Simply Created by Cole said...

They look great Beki!! How fun!!!

Lisa @ Life is Crazy Beautiful said...

LOVE it!! I have been dreaming about creating some new art...but can't decide between just using paint for something abstract or going a little "mixed media" and adding some decoupage, etc. Great job, so cute! :)

Suzanne @ Life Made Joyful said...

Lovely! I like the mixed media - so rich in texture. And I hate those hot glue hairs too!!!

Ingrid said...

Cute :-)

Katherine said...

Fun idea! They look great!

Danielle said...

Love the way they turned out! I'm glad you posted pics of the final products.

Mindy Harris said...

i love this idear, beki.

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

Really cute, Beki! Love how it turned out. :)

Paint Me Plaid said...

This is very cute. Thanks for sharing.

Toni :O) said...

This is a lovely idea and you did a great job you Internet sensation you! Loved the t-shirt your friends got you, too cute!

Seizing My Day said...

Hi... new visitor ... I clicked onto your site from Ree's comment section on the Charlie art... =) I liked your blog name! anyway...LOVE this art! Must try this ~ I love collecting art ideas! it would be fun to use pink buttons (even though I don't "do" pink ... ha ha... would make for great blossom trees??)

Faye Scott said...

Great project! A little tip.....zap hot glue "hairs" with a heat gun...gone in 2 seconds!