How to make pictures of threads and nails
String art is an interesting, modern and inexpensive way to bring something new to the design of your interior. It all looks great, and it takes about half a day to manufacture and absolutely does not require artistic skills.
- 12-millimeter plywood or furniture board with dimensions 60 x 60 cm;
- White acrylic (interior) paint;
- Brush or roller;
- Template (sample from the sample can be downloaded here);
- Nails 1,6 x 25 mm;
- A hammer;
- Sandpaper (optional);
- Threads for embroidery (in the example used: black, dark blue, 2 x blue, blue, light blue, 2 x dark turquoise, green, light green, pale green, white);
- Duct tape;
- Edge band (optional).
So, we proceed.
1. Substrate preparation. Examine the board, especially check the edges for rustiness. If there are any - treat them with sandpaper. Then wipe the board and edges with a damp cloth and proceed to painting. To paint it is necessary by long smears in one direction. If you are going to use edgeband, you do not have to paint edges, otherwise paint them too. Allow the paint to dry and if necessary, apply one more coat of paint. If you planned to use the edge band, then after the final drying it can be pasted.
2. Prepare the template. The template used in the example can be downloaded here. Print it and use adhesive tape to join all the sheets (as shown in the picture).
Use the scissors to cut off the edges. Place the template on the front side of the board (make sure the board is completely dry). Make sure the pattern is in the center, and secure it with adhesive tape.
3. Hammer and nails. Black dots on the template indicate places for nails. Beginning with the upper row begin to hammer nails, row after row. Be careful not to drive unnecessary nails. Try to drive the nails at the same level, so they are all about the same height.
4. Delete the paper template. Starting at one corner, pull the paper up and remove it from the nails. If pieces of paper are stuck in some nails - remove them with finger pinches or tweezers.
5. "Weaving". To find the starting point, look at the template and count the necessary number of nails from the edge. ("Weaving" begins in the lower right corner of the letter "O"). Take the tip of the black thread, wrap 2 around the nail and tie the knot on the "starting point". Cut off the tail of the nodule. The knot should be located approximately in the middle of the nail.
Further, referring to the template, we begin to stretch the thread around the outside of the "O". Around each nail make a turn (to fix). Watch the tension of the thread (it must be stretched and not sag). Make sure that you wrap each carnation, and this turn is located approximately at the center of the nail.
Continue "weaving" around the letter "O", until you reach the nail from which you started. Wrap the thread around it, and then go sideways and down (as shown in the picture) to start the letter "K". Like the letter "O" go all the way around the outside of the letter "K", referring to the template as a guide, until you reach the initial nail of the letter "K". Make sure that the thread is wrapped around each nail and the winding is approximately in the middle of the nail.
6. Fill the background. Lower the thread down from the lower part of the letter "K" (as shown in the picture) and begin wrapping it around random nails (at your discretion). The main goal of this step is not to act on the template, but to improvise. Threads must intersect and overlap each other in a random order. Do not forget to wrap the thread around each nail and maintain tension. Please note: the threads must not cross our letters.
If the tangle of black thread ends, start using a new one with a different color. Note that you can not end one thread and start another on the edge of the image or on internal letters. To achieve a smooth transition and a blending effect, use the colors next to the palette (for example: black - navy blue - blue, etc.)
Do not get carried away, gently move to the right side of the letter "K" and so on counter-clockwise (or in the right one as you like).
7. Periodically take a step back to look at your work entirely, make sure that the colors are blended and do not cut the eye, and there are no gaps.
8. Similar to the above process, fill in the blanks inside the letter "O".
9. Towards the back of your painting, add mounts and hang on the wall. Done!