Sample Project From Fresh Prints

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2011
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Printing with buttons gives a quirky alternative to a polka dot print. One colour makes them more sophisticated, but more colours = more fun!

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Fresh Prints by Christine Leech

Published by Quadrille

© 2018 Christine Leech / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission. · Simple Makes series: Fresh Prints by Christine Leech (Quadrille, £12.99) Photography by Keiko Oikawa


Instructions

  • How to embellish a pair of button shoes. Button Boots - Step 1
    Step 1

    Make two rough semicircles from the cardboard to place inside the toes of your shoes. This gives a firmer base to print onto. Also stick some tape around the rubber edge and remove any shoe laces.

  • Step 2

    Choose a variety of buttons in different shapes and sizes. The buttons that work best are ones that have a very flat side and no indentations or ridges. If they are shiny, give them a light rub with sandpaper on the flat side to help the ink adhere better.

  • Step 3

    Mix up a grey ink on the glass plate and roll it out to a fine consistency.

  • How to embellish a pair of button shoes. Button Boots - Step 4
    Step 4

    The best way to get firm and even pressure on the button is to stick it directly to your index finger using double-sided tape.

  • How to embellish a pair of button shoes. Button Boots - Step 5
    Step 5

    Roll the ink onto the button and begin printing. To get a good print, use your index finger and thumb in a pinching action with the boot fabric inbetween, pressing the fabric onto the button. Swap buttons occasionally so you get an attractive random pattern.

  • How to embellish a pair of button shoes. Button Boots - Step 6
    Step 6

    Roll out some orange ink and print a few buttons to add colour. Leave to dry overnight.

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