Make Something 365 Entry #4
Slightly off-topic, but every time I visit my WordPress dashboard, it always makes me laugh that they invite me to become “master of [my] own domain” (i.e. own visuallyilliterate.com).
I decided to skip today’s actual prompt, because it involved taking a walk outside. Though it did eventually warm up to almost 50 today, after the 10 minutes I spent scraping off my car at 6:30 this morning I rejected any further outside activity that didn’t involve dog walking.
Prompt #5 (my 4th), January 4th: What do you collect? Work with a collection of objects you have in your home (or borrow a friend’s if you like).
I’m not a big collector. I have a collection of stuffed cows, but they’re at my parents’ house. I figured yarn and embroidery floss didn’t count, but for some reason, my tin of buttons came to mind. I did buy a bunch of buttons just to buy a bunch of buttons, plus I’ve gotten a bunch from my mom’s plethora of sewing supplies.
I focused on one particular variety pack I’d purchased at Jo-Ann, mostly just because I liked the colors, and I knew they all went well together. I decided to affix them to one of several mini-canvasses I’d picked up on a whim of “I’d like to find something cool to do with this.” I kind of wanted to paint it, so there would be a more interesting background, but I didn’t for several reasons. First, as a rule, I don’t paint, so all I really had was watercolor. I knew that I would have wanted a thick, bold coating, which watercolor was not going to do. Also, it would have limited the button colors that I could have used. I likely would have wanted to paint it green, which means no green buttons, of which there were several in this pack.
I arranged the buttons the way I liked and glued them in place on the canvas. I didn’t actually have to glue them, because I was planning on sewing them on with embroidery floss, but I thought that if they were already in place, it would make the sewing process a lot easier. I chose thread colors to match the buttons and color coordinated appropriately.
There is a pink button in between two orange ones, but the light is making it look orange too.
I know I’m not making great works of art here, but I think it looks pretty cool, and I’m happy that it’s getting me doing something different with my downtime.