Hello there lovely Buttoneers! I made it! I made it to the end of July! I made it to the end of Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft! If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed that for last month’s Photo-a-Day challenge it was the alphabet and a few numbers. I took this opportunity to revisit my hashtag #elistonbuttonatozofcraft from 2014 with the same photo prompts.
My aim then and again with last month was to fill the alphabet with art, craft and handmade goodness.
I remembered it being a lot easier last time and wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the end of the month but – I DID IT!!
You can find my 2014 version here.
Last time around, in 2014, I wrote an A to Z list and made my way thought it. This time around, I kind of winged it a bit and
went with the flow panicked most days. Not ideal. I did, however, find that I only referred to the previous photos to make sure that I was setting up and arranging each photo differently to the previous round, especially if I was photographing the same medium. Some days were a lot easier than others, some I wanted to cry, some days my brain had turned to mush so much that I couldn’t think of a single word beginning with that letter at all, let alone art and craft related! Yikes!
Looking back over the months photos I am so, so proud of all of them.
Even though they are all art and craft related, they all hold a little memory for me of how tough I found it or what I was doing that day. I feel like when I compare the photographs from this time around and 2014, I can see how much my photography and my ideas have come forward and improved and how much I have learnt about layout and colour and design. I am so proud of them.
I found my Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft a lot harder, more draining and more creatively intense than normal Photo-a-Day months. I had to set up and display objects with a lot more intention and a lot more imagination to create a visually pleasing display of products or items.
It takes a lot more creativity to display things like crayons and pencils in an aesthetically pleasing way than it does to take a photo in the garden or on an adventure.
For some of the A-Z of Craft I pushed myself to learn new crafts! Hooray! I have wanted to learn how to macramé for sooooo long and this challenge pushed me to dive in the deep end to get the good photo for that day – yes, that day!! I wasn’t my most organised last month! I thoroughly enjoyed macramé and definitely want to explore some more techniques in the future with a lot more cotton rope – it uses up so much for such short pieces of knotted beauty.
In a nutshell, I bloody loved it. I painted an Acrylic paint canvas, I arranged buttons in to rainbow colours (there are a lot of rainbows!) I picked out the most interesting and beautiful crayon names and colours and cooed over ‘Periwinkle’, ‘Dandelion’ and ‘Atomic Orange’. I dug out one of my favourite sketches of oranges and lemons that I was really scared to post because I hadn’t really shared my drawings like this before – I was so taken aback by the lovely likes and comments I received that it made me feel so much more confident in my art. I shared Embroidery hoops and a rainbow of felt and merino wool tops. I reignited my love/hate for playing with glitter. I Handmade a bouquet of felt flowers for my gorgeous sister who got an amazing work promotion (Go Saree!!)
I got messy with Ink and arranged Jars of buttons. I Knitted and French Knitted and wove on a mini Loom. I learnt Macrame and organised pretty knitting Needles…
I hated Origami and even roped in my Fiancé to help me
beautifully fold paper not screw it all up and have a cry. I swooned over a rainbow of pencil crayons and re-visited Quilling (Which I hated in 2014 and fell in love with a little bit this time around – Also super proud of my attempt, even if we were up to silly o’clock in the morning so I could finish it off) I rainbowed Ribbons and saw zigzag Scissors. I ‘borrowed’ some IKEA tapes and laid out my Tape measures on top. I stamped out Unmounted stamps (U was a tricky one!) and displayed my favourite wood Veneer scrapbooking embellishments (kind of had to embellish this letter!) I wondered over rainbows of Washi tape and made stickers with my Xyron creative station phew! Thank god for that craft brand!) I shared my yarn collection in the Eliston Button Headquarters and made vibrant stripes with Zips (which was featured on and received over 6000 likes on A Beautiful Mess!!!)
I then filled in the number photo prompts with crafty storage solutions around the studio and snippets of crafty goodness and new ideas.
I loved each and every one of them and put so much effort into each one. I would love to know your favourites! So without further ado…
Here is my Photo-a-Day – July 2016 – Eliston Button A-Z of Craft…
Day 1 – A is for… – Acrylic Paint. My favourite type of paint to play with and I sure did make a mess this afternoon! 💙
Day 2 – B is for… – Buttons 🎨 A happy rainbow of buttony goodness – My fave! ❤️💛💚💙💜💖
Day 3 – C is for… – Crayons 🎨 I love these old Crayola crayons I have, the names of the colours are fabulous! My favourites are Thistle, Carnation Pink, Dandelion, Outrageous Orange and Cornflower. Which are your favourite crayon names? 🖍❤️💛💚💙
Day 4 – D is for… – Drawing 🎨 I dug out my old art college sketchbooks this morning to help with this prompt and I sat for ages flicking through them in awe of the amount of work I created and how proud I am off them. It made my little creative heart fill with pride! 😍✏️🍊🍋