Thursday, January 10, 2013

buttonhole: verb

to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of

"Buttonhole" is easy to pin down as a noun referring to the slit or loop through which a button is passed to fasten something, but its shift to a verb meaning "to detain in conversation" requires some explanation. "Buttonhole" is an alteration of another verb now long out of use: "buttonhold," which literally meant to hold on to the buttons or lapels of someone's coat when speaking to him or her. In the mid-19th century, English speakers altered the verb to "buttonhole," perhaps as a result of hearing "buttonhold" as "buttonholed." The overlap is apparent in an early instance of this spelling, an 1862 London publication called All Year Round: "The man who is button~holed, or held … and must listen to half an hour's harangue about nothing interesting."
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Today was a day of playing, with nothing intended but a lot accomplished through the act of "messing around". It began the other day when I was making some boxes for the Art Mob. They weren't suppose to be "tie dye" looking but accidents happily happen sometimes. I laid the white tissue papers in the bottom of my spray box and misted one with Rangers Dylusions Fresh lime and the other one with Bubblegum Pink....what I didn't realize is that they were soaking up previous colors that had been sprayed in the box, so I got this result:
pretty cool, huh?
So that spawned an idea on this overcast rainy day...I needed to add some bright fun into the forecast. I also needed a background for a wall hanging that I am currently working on, so I went to my spray box, removed the bottom wax paper from the top box and laid it into the bottom box
then I spritzed heavily with water
 
and I laid my white gessoed board into it and pressed down...I got this!
which then prompted me to add the coaster swap pieces that I am working on for my Mixed Media group
It may have been dark and gloomy outside but it was bright and cheerful inside!
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This is the post when I made my spray box . It doesn' show you step by step instructions on how to make one but you can pretty much see how I did it; if you want to make one of your own :)
 
 


 

17 comments:

Laura said...

Ooh I love it when stuff happens like that. The coasters look amazing!

Redanne said...

Now that's what I call a brilliant happy accident -love the backgrounds you created Sandee - off to try some of that, my spray booth (as I call it) is a plastic container to store paper in. Hugs, Anne x

Mary Pat Siehl said...

oh wow this is very cool- the colors are just awesome

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab boxes Sandee... and the coasters are looking good!

Craftychris said...

Those backgrounds are amazing! They have brightened my dull day too! Your spray box is an engineering achievement! Brilliant! xx

wwilloww said...

Your spray box became like a Gelli plate!!! And so much cheaper... LOL I love the colors your achieved. Ya gotta love happy accidents!!! I found out the hard way with my spray box (a plain old pizza type box) when I sprayed a certain color and got quite the NASTY rainbow of colors. You did good my friend!!!

Createology said...

Happy results from Uh-Oh. No gloomy gray in your art room. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Krisha said...

OOOOOO, what lovely results you aquired from your "accident". Those will be gorgeous coasters too.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! Look at all the mess! And I mean that in the good sense of the word. The happy accident came out really cool. I like the look of your canvas and coasters.

Lots of gray and gloom here too. We are up for 3 nights hard freeze now. Bleh.

Shoshi said...

Oh wow Sandee, this is true art! Serendipity run wild! I adore the results, and isn't it great when we are bold enough to think outside the box (if you'll pardon the expression lol) and be adventurous enough just to see what happens. One of the best things about the Dylusions inks is their unpredictability, in my experience. We all need to take a risk sometimes!

Shoshi

Katie said...

I love when messing around brings you to such a beautiful ending!

Terrie Purkey said...

what a lucky 'oops'! I just love the smooshy, colorful results - thanks for sharing the idea.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Cool! I love serendipity art projects, because they're so exciting. Yours is gorgeous too!

Barb King said...

I love how bright these are! The first ones look like marblized paper, so pretty. Thanks for the tip on the extra challenge over at SSS, I missed that one. Have a great weekend.

Laurart said...

I love it when stuff works out like that! I am just popping over here from the TIOT challenge to say hello! Love what I am seeing, I think I will just make myself comfy and carry on reading! From Laura xxx

Rita said...

Wow! I love everything, but it was especially cool what you got by wetting the spray box paper! Lovely. :)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Fabulous idea, thanks for sharing I will definitely have to try this
Lindsay xx