Thanks for joining me today! A little bit ago a video came up in my Facebook news feed for a great technique called String Art. I am sorry I can’t remember the person’s name to give credit for and link the video. But apparently this is not a new technique! If you look under String Art (also known as Spiral String Art) on Google you get a totally different art technique using colored string and nails pounded in a board to make beautiful pictures and designs.
The String Art I am talking about is also called Pulled String Art. People use all kinds of media on the string including ink, watercolor and acrylic paint. My cards are made from ink refills from Stampin’ Up!® I had so much fun making these cards. I hope you will try it.
All you need is a light cotton string like Baker’s twine or embroidery floss, an old telephone book or catalog, paper towels, nitrile or other type of disposable gloves (if you don’t want stained hands), a couple paper plates and ink refills of various colors. I first cut about thirty 4″ X 5 1/4″ rectangles from Whisper White (100730) card stock. I ended up cutting more Whisper White (100730), Shimmer White (101910), and Watercolor paper (122959) later, because I was so into the zone with making these images I did not want to stop. I found that Whisper White (100730) made the clearest images with Shimmery White (101910) a close second. The Watercolor paper (122959) image was blurred. I spent most of a day making these cards so be warned! 🙂 It is addictive!
Below is a good YouTube video by Valerie Flynn of Art a la Carte that demonstrates the process very clearly. I thought the colors she chose were beautiful. I did my cards with a similar process except I used an old catalog instead of a book and two pieces of card stock instead of folded card stock, white baker’s twine instead of embroidery floss and Stampin’ Up!® ink refills.
With my method I used a paper plate and made a small puddle of ink on the plate. I dipped sections of the twine in different colors soaking up each color. My string was layered on the paper in a snake like pattern but I like the effect of Valerie’s loops. I put quite a bit of pressure on the catalog as I withdrew the string. I found if I left the string on the paper longer, the main lines would be thicker. Which was something I am not sure I liked. I used different cuts of string each time I changed colors. I saved the Baker’s twine that was stained with color thinking that I could use the used string to make bows to decorate later cards. One thing important tip I can share is to keep one hand clean at all times. That way you can put the new paper in the catalog and not smear it. Ask me why I know this! Ha!
I kept my cards fairly simple to show off the String Art for the best. On the featured card I stamped the sentiment from a retired Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Happy Wishes right over the String Art with Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) ink and I think it’s quite clearly visible. Then I layered the card with the same colors I used for the String Art portion. In the case of the featured image I used Bermuda Bay ink refill (131156) and card stock (131197) and Cherry Cobbler ink refill (119788) and card stock (119685). While the card below was made with Real Red ink refill (103287) and ink pad (147084) as well as Real Red (102482) and Basic Black (121045) card stock. I stamped the sentiment from Bunch Of Blossoms (141573) with Real Red(147084). This stamp set has some great stamps for flower petals as well as sentiments and an awesome coordinating punch called Blossom Builder (141469).
Well are you willing to try this technique? If you do please share the outcomes with me! I would love to see what you do! If you would like to do this with me guiding you in person, I plan to demonstrate this technique (and give you a chance to try your hand) at my class on Saturday Oct 27th. I will be ready anytime from 10-2pm and you will get a chance to make 6 cards (2 of each type of card). You can choose from the colors of ink refills I have. (I am slowly working on getting them all and already have quite a few!) The cost is only $10 or free with a $25 Stampin’ Up!® order.
My next upcoming class is on Saturday August 25th from 10-2pm. I will be demonstrating how to make your own DSP (Designer’s Series Paper). Our cards will incorporate this technique so you can practice! The cost is only $10 or free with a $25 Stampin’ Up!® order. I will have the new Holiday Catalogs for all who come! Orders from the new catalog start on September 5th! This is a great catalog so you will get to see it first! If you can’t make it let me know and I will mail/deliver you a copy the next week.
I will have a different technique each first Tuesday 7-9pm and fourth Saturday 10-2pm.The cost for doing 6 cards (2 of each type) is only $10 or free with a $25 Stampin’ Up!® order. Details on what techniques are being demonstrated each class are on my page Upcoming Events .
Register to get my latest blog entries and then you will not miss when I later send pictures of the cards we will be doing on Saturday August 25th! Hope to see you there! If you need directions to my house just leave me a comment and I will email you!
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