I can finally say I’ve done string art.

Technology has not been my friend.

I’ve been trying to create a blog post for a while now but since my photoshop trial has expired due to my utter procrastination for not submitting the relevant information to obtain the license number all of a sudden, I have not been able to edit any of the photos I’ve been wanting to post until Adobe decides to reply me. Anyways, I imported the rest of the photos into my camera to see if there were any photos decent enough to be posted as is but since my macbook was severely running out of battery, I had to run upstairs to plug it in and had no chance to check if the photos imported successfully. I then fell asleep, which like Jon would say, “I had the right to because its a public holiday!!!” and finally woke up as my mom came into the room saying “oi! 7pm already!” and here I am at my macbook again to check out the photos but… alas! Why are the photos not in the Events tab?? I frantically tried to look for the photos, praying that the photos were not all lost. Long story short, I finally found them.

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String art has been all over pinterest and I’ve always wanted to try making one myself. I must say that it is definitely easier than it looks and all it took was patience and a little of faith that it would turn out all okay. The perfect opportunity arose as I was trying to think of a good wedding present for Sheryl and Ian. I was keen to do something that they could use at their wedding and at home and thought that a string art design would be a good wedding present.

I was lucky to have chanced upon this piece of wood by Walnut Hollow at Art Friend in Clementi. It is a nice slice of wood with all its bark attached. Last I went to Art Friend in Bras Basah, they said that they stopped carrying this particular piece of wood at their Bras Basah branch – what a pity! I had originally intended to do the string art in the words but since the wood was quite wide, the inverse would definitely be much nicer.

Here’s some advice for string art projects:
1. Quite a bit of attention is drawn to the nails, especially the head of the nails so it is important to consider the kind of nails you would want to use. I’ve seen other string diys online that use nails with larger heads or gold nails which give a different vibe. I chose silver nails with a relatively smaller head as I didn’t want too much attention to be drawn to the nails and…I’m not a big fan of gold so silver was a clear choice for me.

2. Print your design on a regular piece of paper and adhere your design to the wood using washi tape. Don’t use too strong tape as the last thing you would want to worry is having to remove the tape after all the effort on the nailing. Also, you won’t want to print your design on extra thick paper since you’ll be nailing through the paper. I used regular copy paper and it already took quite a bit of effort to remove the paper and I can only imagine that it would be exponentially harder with thicker paper.

3. Try to nail in the nails such that they are roughly the same height. After nailing your first nail to the desired height. Take a rough measurement with a ruler and measure this from time to time ensuring that the height of the nails are roughy consistent.

4. Some people use embroidery thread but I felt it was too much of an expense since embroidery thread is not that cheap and each roll doesn’t have a lot. Instead, I used a thicker form of sewing thread.

5. Online tutorials suggested using hot glue to adhere the thread to your first nail but since I don’t own hot glue and didn’t want to risk any form of glue dripping to the wood and darkening it, I tied the thread to the nails instead which I felt worked just as well.

6. Start by outlining the words first before working on the rest of the design. After which, have faith! Start slowly at the beginning and you’ll get the hang of it.

As I was taking pictures of the sign, Toffee was watching me and giving this bewildered look. He’s such a cutie!

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