String Art Wall Fun
Despite any reasons you will find, do not let your walls be bare. No matter what skill level you might have, you still can have smart art on your walls that will look amazing and will bring more of your unique creative expression to your home. You can be fascinated even with a piece of string and nail art. This is what it is called a string art. Have fun spending time for the string art.
String art is a mathematically patterned art that enables you to create geometric patterns and an eye-catching design. It is characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to form abstract geometric patterns or representational designs such as a ship’s sails, sometimes with other artist material comprising the remainder of the work. You do string art by wrapping colored thread or embroidery floss around pins in a defined pattern. Though straight lines are formed by the string, the slightly different angles and metric positions at which strings intersect may give the appearance of Bezier curves. Other forms of string art include Spirelli, which is used for card making and scrapbooking, and curve stitching, in which string is stitched through hole. You can get different string art designs and attractive art for your home’s walls by placing pins in different formations.
String Art History
The first recorded use of straight lines to form curves was by Englishwoman Mary Everest Boole (1832 to 1916). She used ‘curve stitching’ to make mathematical ideas more accessible to children. In 1909 Boole published a book called Philosophy and Fun of Algebra.
A modern version of these geometric curves is the Bézier curve. It is used today in computer graphics programs but was developed prior to modern computers. French mathematician and physicist, Paul de Castejau (born 1930) created an algorithm for subdividing a curve into two curve segments at an arbitrary parametric location. Another French mathematician and engineer, Pierre Bézier, developed a curve formula inspired by de Castejau’s algorithm. He was working for an automobile company where he needed an accurate way to describe a curve for design and manufacture. Bézier’s curve could describe any second-degree type of curve with just four points and it became known by the name of its inventor.
The Bézier curve was publicized in 1962 and is said to have inspired a number of artists even though it was intended as a serious mathematical tool. USA artist, John Eichinger, created geometric string designs. He called them “string mandalas” after the Hindu word ‘mandala’, which means, “circle within a circle.” His designs were first marketed in the late 1960s by the Open Door Enterprises, who were a leading distributor of hobby craft kits. A string art book called Symmography, by Lois Kreischer, was published in 1971. The popularity of string art kits reached its peak in the 1970s when numerous households had a homemade string art picture on the wall.
Popular and Fun
String art is very popular and fun. It is a great way to express your creativity. You can make many different shapes with many different colors. You can make your child name with strings for the kid’s room. It will look lovely on the wall. In addition, you can make string art as a gift for your love one. As a wall décor it can be very stylish and cool for your living room.
The colors are so fun. They can come out very cute on your work. You never really know what will be a success and what will sit there, but these string art tablets have taken off. You can decorate any room of your house with different pieces of string art: initials, names, animals, anything that comes to your mind and what you are inspired from.
The string art would make a great accent in any room, for a modern twist on the traditional string art craft. Makes a great gift. Add this to your room today.
Materials for String Art
Needed String Art Materials
String art pieces are quite easy to make and relatively inexpensive. Here are a list of all the supplies you will need to complete a project. Please see the How To page if you need instructions on what to do with these supplies.
- Wood – in whatever shape and size you choose
- Decoration – wood stain, paint, or cloth
- Paint brush – if coloring with stain or paint
- Wood staples – if attaching cloth
- 3/4″ nails
- String – size 10 crochet cotton works best
- Graph paper – 1/4″ spacing between lines
- Elmers glue
- Picture hangers – if making this a wall hanging
How do I do string art?
Well, pick a pattern, get your materials and go to it! Unfortunately, since there are not kits out there, it is hard to break into string art on your own. The best advice is to experiment on your own, until you feel comfortable with the process, and what nail patterns will make what kind of patterns.
It is preferably making a square or circle, spacing the nails evenly. String between in many different ways, seeing what kind of patterns arise from different stringing methods. Get a feel for the process. Move on to irregular shapes and/or irregularly spaced nails. Also, look at the works of others, not just from an ‘art’ point of view, but also with a technical eye. See the different shapes you get from various nail and string combinations.
Where can you get string art patterns?
That is a tough job. If you find string art books, many contains patterns that you can copy. Other than that, once you get familiar with string art, you should have no problem design your own patterns, whether they be a design of something real, or your own personal abstract.