Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recycled Spool Button Stamp (Plus Owl-Inspired Art)

You know my love of vintage wooden thread spools...but what to do with the modern plastic ones when they're empty? I saw a tutorial a while back for making a button stamp out of an empty plastic spool and craft foam. I decided, on a whim, to try making one yesterday.

I didn't have the tutorial yesterday (I actually had to search for it in order to post the link), so I just sort of winged it. I'm sure I didn't make mine exactly like the tutorial. (but when do I ever make something exactly like the tutorial?) I used regular kids' craft form instead of the adhesive-backed foam. (I used regular, white, school glue to attach the foam at first, but even after drying overnight, it fell apart, so I re-attached the foam with hot glue today. Much better. You gotta love hot glue!
I made my stamp double-sided as well...

I liked the simple design I did on the "test page", but thought it would look better with 9 "buttons" on a square piece of paper. I also thought it would be cool to use watercolors to color the buttons. I painted the color on first, let it dry, and then stamped the design.

^note the sock monkey slippers^ ;)
(my Mommy got them for me as a belated Christmas gift.)

I watched "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" last night and was inspired by the gorgeous visuals, so I did these two quick sketches with my watercolor pencils.

Terra is always curious about what I'm up to whenever I'm doing things on the coffee table. :)


Carol/Buenahelena said...

What a fun idea. That would make amazing crafty wrapping paper.

Kira said...

You could do a post for Make-It-Monday with this project! It's really easy. If you don't have the time or just don't feel like making your own stamp and wanted to use some of my pictures, I wouldn't mind. :)