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All Buttoned Up!: Button Art with Helene Plank
Join local artist Helene Plank as she discusses her button mosaics composed of hand-sewn discarded buttons and beads on raw canvas:

“I combine a variety of shapes, sizes and textures to achieve a specific mood or feeling. My mosaics are influenced by artist Georges Seurat and his technique of optical blending. The highlights and shadows are formed by using various tones and hues so that the viewer’s eyes can blend them visually. One of my signature techniques includes sewing iridescent buttons to specific areas of my artwork, in contrast with the flat finish of the other buttons and beads. The combination of these two finishes adds an extra touch to my button mosaics.”

Learn how to make your own button artwork and how the art form can be easily adapted to current pandemic conditions using materials at home. All registrants will receive an electronic packet of handouts in advance of the workshop.

List of Materials for Glued Button Mosaic


• 8” X 10” mat board*
• 200 assorted buttons (depends on button size and design)
• #2 Pencil
• 2B (soft) Drawing pencil**
• Tracing paper**
• Image to trace (if unable to draw freehand)
• 1 Box of ZOTS brand small adhesive dots – 300 permanent dots**
• 1 Box of ZOTS brand large adhesive dots – 300 permanent dots**
• 300 or more assorted beads (optional)
• Glue (optional) NOTE: If using a glue gun, avoid excessive amounts to prevent oozing through buttonholes and residue on other buttons (glue strings)

*Note: For a less costly approach, check the framing department at local art or craft supply stores. Ask if they sell remnants of mat board. They are much cheaper than buying a larger board and then cutting it down to size.
**See your local art or craft supply store for this item.

May 10, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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