Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pulled String Painting

Pulled String Painting

Welcome to the June Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!


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 This month, I chose to create something very simple but quite interesting: Pulled String Painting. I first saw a short video that was shared on Face Book and I was amazed and intrigued! Then I jumped on Pinterest to see all the different variations and had to try it out myself!

To start, gather:
  • acrylic craft paint
  • string (dollar store)
  • card stock or canvas
  • plain paper
  • flat piece of cardboard (size of the card stock) 
  • paper towels
  • paper plates/paint brushes or skewer sticks 
  • plastic/parchment paper to cover work surface
This is a messy process, so be prepared by covering your work surface with plastic or parchment paper!


Then, cut long pieces of string - enough to curl, swirl and wiggle on your cardstock or canvas.  Next, you can either dip your string into paint bottles or .  .  .

pour a little paint onto a paper plate and using a paint brush or skewer stick to saturate the string with paint. I like using paper plates - it was much easier than dipping the string into the paint bottles. You don't want a lot of paint on the string - if you do, you will have blobs of paint instead of a nice design on the paper, so use a paper towel to remove any excess paint.

Next, lay the tip of the painted string where you want to start and begin curling and twirling, making loops and shapes with the string in one continuous motion. Leave enough string hanging out to pull. 
 *Once you start a string design don't pick up the string and move it in an attempt to change or you will have unwanted paint marks. 


Then, place a blank sheet of paper on top of your string creation .  .  .


and next lay a heavier piece of flat cardboard on top of the blank paper and hold down gently - not too hard! Then, pull the string out completely in any direction! If you have trouble pulling the string out - you are holding the top piece down too much. And finally, lift up the top pieces to uncover and expect to be amazed with the design you created!



You can repeat this process with as many different color strings as you like - the possibilities are unlimited for making designs! The fun is in your imagination to create and the wonderful outcome! It's oh, so pretty!
*CAUTION:  This can become addictive!



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18 comments:

  1. I've seen that all over Pinterest and it really looks fun. I will try with my daughters, thanks for the how to Gail. Pinning!!

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  2. Your string art is so pretty! This looks like a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless!

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  3. I have been wanting to try this technique in the worst way; it looks so fun and I just love the end results! Thanks for the tips. I can't wait to try it. Pinned.

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  4. I saw that video too & this is on my "must try" list! It's good to see someone else try it and know that it's really as easy as the video shows. :)

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  5. OMG Gail this is awesome! Why have I not seen this process before? I can't wait to give this one a try. I just love how yours turned out. Pinning to share!

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  6. The art you've created Looks so much like tropical jungle flowers and foliage to me and I LOVE THAT! I agree with you, I would be too impatient to dip the thread in the paint bottles. Looks much more doable with the paper plate. That craft will go on my list.

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  7. Pinning! Love this technique and I'd be super messy by dipping the string in the bottles...paper plates it is!

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  8. WOW! First time I have seen this! Oh it does look messy too. Girl, I would have the biggest mess ever but oh it is so neat. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  9. OOO lovely. A video for this was cropping up on my facebook feed a lot a little while ago but I've not actually tried it since I was at school. It really does look like fun. Wouldn't it make nice backgrounds for handmade cards or on flip chart paper for fun gift wrap.

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  10. Those look so cool! This would be a great craft to do with kids!

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  11. This does look like it is a lot of fun and can be addictive. I have everything on hand so I will need to play around with it.

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  12. What a fun painting technique! They look like Calla Lilies. So pretty.

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  13. Love it! Thanks for those tips on how to make the string painting/pulling technique work better.

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  14. Awesome! Your string art project came out beautifully!

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  15. You make this look and sound so easy. I am scared to death to try it but with your great directions, I am going to give it a go.

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  16. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. This is a technique that I've never seen before. The string makes really neat designs and I think kids would get a kick out of this too.

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  18. I have never seen this so I just got done saying What the What! LOVE the creativity in this method. I agree with Erlene. The kids would love doing this. I see flowers in your art. Wow!

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