Button Artist Belle Papiers Interview

If you’ve searched for “button art” on Pinterest or Google Images chances are you’ve run into the gorgeous detailed button art creations by Belle Papiers.  They are usually very detailed for 1-layered button art which personally blows me away.  The colorful shading and the lines are so defined around each object it makes it hard to believe it was created with buttons – and crystals!   She does use Swarovski rhinestones in her work, which definitely makes them sparkle.  My personal favorite from her Etsy shop is the crescent moon and the stars design! I also really appreciate the portrait of Miss Piggy 🙂  Read on for our interview with Belle Papiers!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re from and what you do!
My name is Laura Bell and I live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband, Ryan. I am a full-time artist and create art with Swarovski crystals and buttons. I am also very passionate in creating unique calligraphy art.

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How did your creative relationship with buttons begin?
My creative relationship with buttons began about 4 years ago. At the time, I was very into mixed media and was using all kinds of beads and embellishments in my work. I created an ocean wave out of beads and embellishments and my girlfriend saw it. She asked me to make her a monogram for her daughter in the style of the wave but with buttons as the main focus. I was hooked and have been obsessed (to put it lightly) with buttons ever since!

What is the longest you’ve spent on one of your creations?
The longest I have spent on a button piece is 106 hours.

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What are some buttons you are in love with right now? Whether its color, style or brand!! Share it with us…

I am completely in love with all buttons, of course, but right now I am loving anything that is light mint in color. I am also loving buttons that have interesting cutouts or designs in them. I can never get over how such a small object can be its own intricate piece of art. La Mode buttons are my go-to favorites for general buttons that are also unique and pretty, and come in beautiful colors.

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Where do you go to find buttons to add to your collection?
When shopping for buttons, I spend an embarrassing amount of time in craft stores… I also shop online at your store! Estate sales are also a favorite place of mine to hopefully find buttons. When I do find them, they are always vintage and one-of-a-kind.

Do you have any crafty or artist tools that you cannot live without?
A tool that I cannot live without is my wax pick-up stick. It is the only way that I can successfully place tiny items perfectly in my work.

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Do you have any advice for those just learning or attempting to make button art?
Advice I can give those starting out in button art is patience. When people create button art for the first time, I think that they are very surprised at how long it can take to complete a piece. Patience is the key.

Where can we find you online? Facebook, website, etc.
Main Website: http://www.BellePapiers.com. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bellepapiers.
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellepapiers. My Traditional Art: laura-bell.artistwebsites.com

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5 Comments on Button Artist Belle Papiers Interview

  1. Gloria Hill
    July 22, 2015 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I learned of Laura’s wonderful art a few years ago. I commissioned her to create a unique picture for me combining my love of buttons and of hippos (purple in particular). I sent Laura a picture of a “Victorian hippo”, gave her a list of changes I would like made and she helped me choose the size that would work best. The result far exceeded my expectations! The loving care Laura obviously used in creating “Lady Madelaine” (my name of choice for such a delightful creature) truly brought her to life. She has caused family, friends and even complete strangers fall in love with Laura’s amazing talents! I wish there was a way for me to share Maddie’s picture with you all. She beautifully showcases Belle Papiers artistic abilities.

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    • Laura Bell
      July 30, 2015 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

      Gloria!!!!!! Thank you so much for such kind words. You’re the absolute sweetest!

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  2. Jessie
    October 23, 2015 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

    Laura is a true inspiration! Her work is beautiful and looks effortless – even though I am positive that it is far from it.

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  3. Darlena Mixson
    February 25, 2016 at 12:42 am (1 year ago)

    My mother-in-law recently passed. When going through her stuff I found a box of old buttons. I want to make crosses for the granddaughters out of the buttons. What do you use to glue them to an object? I plan to frame them but want something that will last for many years. Thanks. Your things are beautiful…hope mine will look half as good.

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