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One day last year I happened to turn the TV on to find Astar demonstrating how to make works of art using buttons.  I had never heard of Button Art before but with my experience of mosaics, I was immediately drawn to the concept. 

Only it's much simpler and considerably less messy than mosaics!

All you need is a canvas, acrylic paint, PVA glue, and of course buttons.

For my first attempt at Button Art, I elected to go with a simple design to fit the colour scheme of my boudoir.

I prepared my canvas by painting a fuscia heart on a black background.  Of course, you could just paint the whole canvas black but blocking out the shapes ensures that any gaps between the buttons won't stand out.

A couple of coats later, and once fully dry, I painted PVA glue all over the heart shape and proceed to fill it with buttons ~ beginning with the random placement of the larger buttons and then filling in the gaps with smaller buttons. 

You can stop at a single layer of buttons, or you can continue with a second layer to cover gaps.  The beauty of PVA glue is that it dries clear.  Or at least it's supposed to.  On mine it most certainly did!  However, when Miss 11-going-on-101 had a go, the glue stayed white.  Damn.  Perhaps we put too much glue on?  No idea.  Suffice to say, she will definitely need to add a second layer over the gaps.

I actually had every intention of covering the entire background of the canvas in black buttons but was so happy with how it turned out with just the heart filled in that I decided to stop there.  So I now have an obscene amount of black buttons with which to create something else.  ;-)