Good instructions for string art are necessary if you are a beginning crafter. You will be wrapping colored string around pegs mounted on a backing and creating intricate patterns. String art sounds easy, but you need to understand the patterns and set up the board correctly for the best results.
Choose A Pattern
String art is all about making pictures or patterns from straight lines, often giving the illusion of curves, as the strings are pulled tightly between small nails or tacks. Deciding on a pattern is important to do first because it will determine the size of the mounting, the number of nails and the color and amount of string. Basic patterns include flowers, diamonds and circles. Patterns for string art are made of paper and have a mixture of points (for the tacks), lines and numbers to use as a guide.
Prepare The Board
A variety of materials can be used for the base board. Cork tile, wood, cardboard or heavy card stock are suitable for string art. Most string art is set against a black background to best set off the intricate string colors. Black paper or black felt is the most common background color, and the materials can simply be cut to size and glued onto the base. String art kits are available that contain all the materials needed to complete a single project, including the base, nails, string and pattern.
To prepare the string art board, place the paper pattern over the black felt. Start by gently hammering the little nails into each of the points as indicated by the pattern-through the paper and into the base material. When all the nails are in place, gently tear away the paper pattern. A string art kit may already have several of these steps completed.
Using cross-stitch string, begin to make the string art. Looking at the pattern to determine where to start, locate the number 1 point. This is the starting spot, so tie the end of the string to that nail. Clip any excess string after forming a knot tail. Now, following the instructions for string art, loop the string around the nail heads, and cross over other string to create the image from the pattern. When you complete the first color of stringing, knot the finished end and clip. Add other layers of colored string as indicated by the pattern.
Create string art earrings to complete a retro look or make a bold statement. While the technique of stringing is not too difficult, prepare a practice set of earrings before moving onto the real thing.
Who invented string art? Several people contributed to this popular -70s craft, but it really has its roots in mathematics.