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After working on "Foxing Around" I was still in a fox mood, so I tried my hand at the current nail-string art trend circulating Pinterest. The result was a fun 30-minute craft that I'm going to show you step-by-step how to do. You will need:
- a wooden board, pine or similar, at least 1/2" thick
- paint and a paintbrush
- nails, at least 3/4" long, and a hammer
- embroidery floss
- tracing or computer paper
1. Paint the board with whatever color you'd like. I chose a magenta purple to accentuate the orange string later. Make sure the paint is dry before you proceed.
2. On your thin paper, draw an outline of what you'd like to create. Make sure it is a recognizable silhouette, so your final product will be easily identified.
3. Lay the paper down on the board, and using one of your nails, make holes along the outline, just hard enough so that they are visible when you pull the paper away. I ended up putting the holes too close together, but doing it this way means that you can put the final nails at any sport, and the string above will cover up any extra holes.
4. Remove the paper, and begin hammering in your nails. I chose a round head golden nail 3/4" long, and hammered on top of an exacto board in case a nail made it all the way through the board. I left about 1/4" of nail above board, to make eventually weaving easy, but it's up to your discretion.
5. Once your outline of nails is complete, tie one end of your embroidery floss to a nail, and begin looping around the outline. I did this to make sure there was an intact outline in case my later weaving didn't hit every nail. I went two forward, and one back, to ensure a solid line.
6. Once the outline is finished, begin going back and forth within the interior. Hit smaller, detailed areas first so you don't end up forgetting them. I chose to have lots of different sized openings in my piece and random lines, but you can choose to be more geometric and organized. Again, it's up to your discretion and the silhouette you're creating.
7. Tie off the end where you started, so your two end can then be tied together for more security, and you are finished!
This was just my first one, but there are all sorts of creative nail-string projects out there, I'm sure I'll find another that inspires me later on. Thanks for following along, and again be sure sure to check out my Storenvy page for $6 prints.
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I'm Elizabeth Kidder, freelance illustrator currently located in Knoxville, TN. Please enjoy the site and Contact Me with any job inquiries or questions.