Inspiration Monday : DIY Fake String Art
Hey y’all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
I’m back today with a DIY that I customized for Halloween but that could be done for any season or holiday. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the cool string art around the web. Pinterest is FULL of ideas along with items available for purchase from Etsy. Ebay and local artists. I decided that I loved the look but wanted to try something a little different, with less pounding of nails.
I downloaded a skull shape from the Silhouette store and with some easy steps, created a piece of artwork for my guest bathroom.
First I cut the shape using my Silhouette. It’s slightly smaller than 12″ high and I centered it on a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock. Then I took the main outline of the shape and laid it on a second piece of 12″ x 12″ paper. I drew small dots all along the outside of the shape [skull] roughly every quarter of an inch. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t exact because once you start working, it’ll look really cool and you will never know. Trust me. I’m severely OCD and it didn’t bother me. No need to measure.
Then, using a white gel pen [THIS one is my absolute favorite in the history of ever!] and a ruler, start drawing lines from one point to the next, criss-crossing and zig-zagging your way across the skull. Continue filling in the entire skull until it looks finished. For me, this meant having three lines from every point. Obviously some will have a couple more and I might have missed one or two, but you’ll know when it looks “finished”.
I cut a second shape just like the first merely so I could use the background. I felt like I had some random smear marks from the pen, mostly because I was drawing lines in a hurry. I also laid the secondary cut out eyes and the nose over the originals, [and now, looking at the photo I realize the right eye is a little off. I’ll have to fix that!] I laid the secondary sheet over the one I drew the lines on and voila, instant frame. However, to finish it off I did put it in a 12″ x 12″ black frame I had on hand.
The final result:
And a close up:
I’m so, so happy with the way that it turned out. You could do this for any shape for any reason and in any color and it would look awesome. Just searching ideas on Pinterest has inspired me. This was such an easy project and was somewhat relaxing, just drawing lines and essentially playing connect the dots!
Are you ready to try one out? What do you have in mind? Link me to a photo if you decide to try this technique!
I’ll be back tomorrow with an Etsy Recap. Have a fantastic Monday and thanks for stopping by!