When it comes to string art, the string is the most important aspect of your final piece. It’s what brings your vision into reality and without it all you have is a piece of wood with a bunch of nails in it! So we present a “how-to” on how to string your project.
Here are just a few of the different techniques/patterns that you can use in string art to achieve your desired look…there are benefits for each of these patterns, but there are also drawbacks. Which one you choose is largely dependent upon what your design is and what you’re trying to achieve visually.
How To String Simple Designs
So how do you go about applying string to your project? Here is a step by step guide to teach you how to string your project with the highest quality and precision…
- Choose a starting point and tie a knot around that nail. (Depending upon what technique/pattern of stringing you are planning to incorporate, starting points may be very important or not important at all).
- One by one, wrap the string around the next nail you want to attach to and continue doing this until you are finished with the area you’re working on or until you run out of string. Be careful while you’re working though because the string has multiple threads that like to come apart and get caught on other nails. Also, please be sure to keep tension on the string as you go so the finished product is nice and tight.
- For the messy look, there is no specific order of sequence and you can string as much or as little as you would like to achieve the “density” of string coverage that satisfies your eye.
- For the criss-cross pattern, this technique requires you to pay more attention to where you’re stringing. Choosing a starting point in a corner of the design works best and the goal is to keep the string at the same angle at all times until you cover the whole design. Then you start at an opposite corner and repeat this process with an angle that is as close as possible to perpendicular to the first angle you used.
- The checkered pattern only will have limited appeal because it leaves a lot of gaps in the string. One way to cut these gaps down is to add more nails and closer intervals, but that adds both a lot of time to the project and a lot of hassle because the closer nails are to each other, the more difficult it is to hammer and this can also cause de-stringing (see below.)
- Once you have finished covering the area you are working on, the final step is tying a knot around the last nail. This can be tricky when you’re first starting out because keeping tension on the string is important for keeping your project’s appearance at the highest quality. Another helpful tip for this step is to double or even triple knot around the last nail to insure there is no de-stringing as you continue to work or in the future. You can also apply a drop of hot glue on the knot to help as well.
- The last step is to go back to the first nail and before trimming off the extra “tail” of string leftover from tying the knot, use that “tail” to double knot around the first nail. Again, this is to prevent de-stringing in the future. Applying hot glue here will help as well.
In addition to the coverage patterns discussed above, which are used to fill in large spaces of string art projects, there are also some more decorative and geometric patterns that one can include in their piece. These are very specific and each one needs to be strung in an exact sequence to garner the full effect. There are numerous different shapes that can be made but here are just a couple examples. As you can see, each of these designs is made with straight lines but creates the look of curved lines.