Friday, July 11, 2008

Apple Buttons

Apple Buttons, (1/2 inch)
Fannie Narte

Did you expect to see buttons during this Giveaway? Surprise!

These buttons were crafted from shrink plastic. The apple images were stamped onto the shrink plastic with black ink and painted with watercolors. A paper punch was used to create the buttons' holes, and a heat gun was used to shrink it to its half-inch size. Each button was sealed with a layer of gloss medium.

Apple Card, (4.25" x 5.5")
Fannie Narte

The images of the rubber stamped apples on this card are the sizes of the buttons before they were heated to shrink to their 1/2-inch size. The inside of this card is blank. The brown envelope is included in this Giveaway.


Leave your name in the comment module of this post if you want to be entered in a drawing for this set of six apple buttons and the apple greeting card with envelope. The name of the winner will be posted on July 13.



I admire artists who have their own art studios. Fortunately, creating can be done in just about any amount of space. However, having a space to create that you can call your own is nice.

My art studio is the dining area off of the kitchen. I also use portions of the kitchen counter as my workspace. Although it is small, my space has room enough for my sewing machine, a table, and several storage baskets and drawers. It's a comfortable space which overlooks my back yard. I often see birds, butterflies and dragon flies among the flowers in my garden, which makes creating in my space even more enjoyable.

Do you have an art studio?


Noel said...

Fannie your apple buttons look great...I love working with shrink plastic, even the can make beads out of them. Your packaging is so well done too!!!

Guzzisue said...

love the buttons:)my studio is the spare bedroom, no bed, lots of cupboard and shelf space all filled to bursting point, grandmas old dinning table as a sewing table and an old wooden office desk with pull out leafs for a computer desk

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

What a cute idea for the buttons. I have lots of shrink plastic and have never really found a project that I wanted to do with it. I will have to keep this one in mind.

TracyB said...

Look at you!! Another item to sell on your Etsy site!! I'd love to see some swirl buttons :)

Actually I have a bedroom converted into a studio, but it has a carpeted floor, no sink & not really a great place to do dyeing. So it houses a loom that I can't seem to bring myself to sell & get rid of & a jeweler's bench that I haven't used in awhile. I do most of my work in the laundry room on a counter next to a sink or in the garage on a counter that has a sink.

laughingwolf said...

ab fab idea on the buttons, fannie! :)

Gayle said...

You are an everlasting font of information and inspiration.

My studio is presently a 14x20 space that is shared with a longarm. (well, a second longarm is in the kitchen, does that count?) The new studio is almost done... 26x32 and big enough for both longarms and all my sewing/creating stuff. It's not the size that matters as much to me, as having a place for everything.


Regina said...

I'll take over any room that works! Most of my creating is done in the dining room. This week I've been cutting mats & framing artwork in our bedroom! Right now it's the only place with enough free floorspace to set up a table for my mat cutter.
I also have a bedroom that used to be called the sewing room, but it has been taken over with storage of my jewelry vending supplies & my photography area.
Love your buttons.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi fannie
i love your apple buttons and card! you are so creative!

Scrappy Cat said...

Those buttons are so cute. I haven't thought of shrink plastic in a long time - I may have to get it out and play with it soon.

morningDove said...

the element of surprise. you keep us on our toes. i still have the shrink plastic you gave me, i should try something. your apple buttons and card are such a great idea. what led you to do apples?

Fannie said...

Hi, Everyone! Thanks for your comments. I've been replying to your comments offline so I can keep this section "clean" to make it easy when I do the drawings for the Giveaway.

Dove asks great questions about my process. Some of the time, my creating is a step-by-step process. At other times, it just happens.

What led me to do applies? While holding a piece of the shrink plastic, I saw a 1 1/2-inch apple rubber stamp laying on the counter nearby. The two ideas collided, and the apple buttons were born. It wasn't a deliberate creation.

Collisions can be fruitful at times. ;-D Enjoy!

Thanks for celebrating with me!

Fannie said...

Oops: "Apples" not "applies."

Quilt Knit said...

Hi! Fanny: I love buttons. I purchase some olds ones, once in a while. I love the Apple theme.
I have a green coat comfy coat downstairs.
It is a man's but I put colorful heart buttons on it.
I was going to put out for Big Brothers and Sisters.
I could not do it. I will be working from home.
It is so comfy for a cold New England morning Walk.

Sherrie Roberts

Diana Evans said...

HI Fannie...what a great post and those buttons are the cutest things ever!!!! I bought that shrinky dink stuff 2 months ago and don't have a clue yet what to make with it...I bought the kind I can print my art on....

you have inspired me yet again to do something creative...

hugs for that....

and I do have a studio....the most amazing space filled with my art from when I was growing up to now...I also have artwork from my dear friends like you in my studio to inspire me and make me grateful for all the wonderful dear friends I have met on my wonderful journey.....

It is my place to escape and it is warm and cozy there no matter what....

perhaps one day I will post about my studio....


quiltcrazygal said...

Fannie - I do have a studio upstairs. It is so nice to have a space to call my own. It's not very big either, but it works. I just admire everything you do! Whenever I need inspiration I just visit your sites. Thank you! Cheers, Jenna Louise

Heather Robinson said...

Your buttons are fantastic! Very whimsical and appealing.

I don't have a studio but rather an end of our bedroom. Like you I've surrounded myself with everything that I need despite the fact that the space is small.

Sherry said...

These are so awesome and I have some ideas for them. Hope to see some in your Etsy store??????

Michele P. said...

Because I am not a crafter, I don't have a studio. However, I do have a place I go to relax in my backyard-where I can curl up with a good book, or sit and watch my cats play. I've also planted some flowers, and just started a veggie garden this year. All of this has been very calming. I hope one day to be able to create wonderful works of art like you do, because I sure have plenty of inspiration! Thanks Fannie!

kiwicarole said...

Hi Fannie, I haven't used shrink plastic, although some of my friends here have. What a wonderful idea making buttons and embellishments! Mmmmm pop corn sounds yummy, I make something similar, but don't bake it, must try it... carole