STRING ART

This little lovely was created for my friend Nicole. Earlier this year Nicole and husband Scott were visiting, and Scott noticed the string art hanging in our office. Not long after their visit we began talking about a commissioned piece for Nicole’s birthday.  I made some preliminary sketches for how I wanted it to look, but first I needed to find a piece of wood so I knew the dimensions of my canvas. I found this piece at our local salvage store. After a little trim, wood glue, and sanding, it was ready. Then I began finalizing my design. I admit I was glad when Scott chose a small word :) Though string art is lot of fun, it is also a lot of work. I remember after doing it before, I didn’t think I would do this kind of project again. But who knows, when I look back at this, it makes me want to do another!

 

*TIPS
When we began our string art for Easter earlier this year, my friend gave me a couple of tips and I’ve added some of my own: First, create a guide for the distance you want between nails. For me, this was a piece of paper with a few drawn dots. You aren’t using this for every nail you pound in, but it is helpful to hold it up to your nails every so often to make sure you are still on target. Secondly, use pointed-nose pliers to hold your nail in place. I used small nails (5/8″ on my first pieces and 3/4″ on this one). You can use different length nails depending on the thickness of your piece of wood, but regardless, they are small. Next, outline the letters first and last. Wrap the string around the letter (or image) before you fill it in. Outlining at the completion of a letter/color will give it a crisp look. As you wrap the nails, you need to put a lot of tension on the string so it doesn’t unravel behind you. You could use a small screw-driver to hold the string down, or I preferred to use both hands and keep a finger on it. You can also play with how you wrap a nail. You may wrap inside or outside depending on the line you wish to achieve. I find this especially helpful on interior or exterior corners. Lastly, SUPER GLUE! Super glue your knots before trimming the string.

If any of you have made string art projects of your own, I would love to see them!

EASTER 2012

Better late than never? :) I just wanted to share a few photos of some fun we had this spring planning and creating our church’s Easter service. There are so many components to a special service like this, but I was able to be a part of planning the decor. A few of us made string art featuring “un” words that only begin to describe the awesome Man, Christ Jesus. Originally this started as an idea for the event invitation, but when I saw how cool “unbroken” turned out by my friend Carrie, I had to get in on the fun! By about the third letter on my first piece, I couldn’t believe what I was doing. If I hadn’t committed to doing this, I probably would have stopped right there. I love how they turned out, but it was a lot of work :) (If you are thinking of creating some string art, I’d be happy to share a few pointers I learned a long the way.) We displayed the string art on easels throughout the school where we meet.

Next, our visual arts team came up with this incredible idea for a back drop. We started by ombre dying over 100 yards of fabric. We used the fabric to create a backdrop but we also hung it in the trees outside the school and on a drift wood cross made by another team member. I wish I had pictures of this to share with you. It was truly breathtaking blowing in the morning air.

I could gush about how amazing this service was but it wouldn’t do it justice. You had to have been there :) (You can head here for bits and pieces of the morning. Search for “Easter”)

Well, friends, tomorrow I’ll have an ambient video for you, shot and filmed Dave. Stop back by to check it out!