Garden Art forum: String Art

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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Nov 20, 2016 3:04 AM CST
I've been working on some string art pieces, which were mostly logos (football teams, batman, etc.), but finally decided to do a couple for myself. The first one is a family surname with daylilies surrounding it. The second one is just a clump of daylilies. All of the flower portions were inspired by a real plant growing in my garden Smiling You will have to click on each picture to see all of the piece of art.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Nov 20, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Love the flowers!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 20, 2016 11:21 AM CST

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That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL - WoW!

How long does it take for you to do this?
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 20, 2016 12:38 PM CST
Regina, that is beautiful work! I've never seen that done. Many years ago when I was a kid I had a string art kit, but nothing I made was as pretty as yours.
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Nov 20, 2016 2:26 PM CST
Thanks, everyone.

Vicki, the small daylilies one took about 2.5 hours. It takes the longest to hammer in all the nails and make sure they are straight. The one with the lettering took about 6 or 7 hours. I usually work for a while, then go do other things, then work on it again. That way I'm not sitting and hovering for so long at one time Smiling

I enjoy doing them though. It's fun to have an idea in your head and see how it turns out in the end. Here's a state one I did a few weeks ago:

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 20, 2016 6:39 PM CST
I love this. I might have to try one again. Long ago I made an owl, and gave it to the Owl Bar in San Antonio, NM. They had jillions of owls in their decor.
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Nov 20, 2016 11:52 PM CST
plantmanager said:I love this. I might have to try one again. Long ago I made an owl, and gave it to the Owl Bar in San Antonio, NM. They had jillions of owls in their decor.


Karen,
It's not too difficult, just time consuming. If you look for 'string art tutorial' on YouTube, you can find some good info there. I read up on it on a few sites after watching videos, then gathered some materials and let my artistic instinct take over Smiling

You will probably encounter some issues along the way, but usually you can look at someone's pieces and figure out how theirs was made and apply it to yours. I did crossstitch for a number of years, so some things with the string I knew how to do from there. Please ask if you need help, and I'll be more than willing to help you if I can!
Here's the first one I tackled (sorry, it's not garden related) with pics taken along the way:

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For the flower ones in the first post, I drew those on printer paper by hand, then cut them out. I used Word to create the lettering, then taped the flowers where I wanted them around the name. You may be able to see that on this pic: (note that I didn't like the black nails on the petals, so I swapped them out for white ones)
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You'll have to click on this one to see it better:
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A few other tips:
*I use a sheet of cork board (bulletin board) from a craft store, then use a jigsaw to cut it into the size I need; this makes the finished project lighter weight for hanging
*I buy cloth to cover the board (a slightly stretchy cloth works great)
*I use 1" panel nails (16 gauge) from a hardware store
*I use DMC craft thread (same as for cross stitch); usually I split the thread so that I have 3 strands instead of 6 (this keeps it from binding and slipping off the nail head at certain points in the design

Okay everyone, get busy! Smiling If I inspired anyone, please share when you are finished!!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Nov 21, 2016 5:56 AM CST

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Great info and photo's Regina - thank you!

Keep posting Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Nov 21, 2016 9:45 AM CST
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 21, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Thank you for the extra photos and instructions, Regina. It looks easy enough with lots of patience. I did cross stitch for about 20 years so that might help.When I did my owl, the tacks were about 1/2 inch high without a very large head. My problem is that I'm horrible at hitting nails on the head! Getting them in straight was very difficult. It probably would get easier with lots of practice!
Do you have a site where you sell these?
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Hybridizer Region: South Carolina Dahlias Butterflies Cat Lover
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scflowers
Nov 21, 2016 9:14 PM CST
plantmanager said:
Do you have a site where you sell these?


I started putting them on my facebook page...send me a friend request there and you can see the album of them. It's Regina Ready Cochran
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Nov 21, 2016 10:32 PM CST
Thanks, wish I could, but I'm a FB holdout. I'll have my girls take a look and show me.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Feb 17, 2017 9:04 AM CST
I know about string art, at least in the circle sense. I discovered it in the 70s and figured out the nail thing.

I made them in circles, I made them in ovals, and I made them in 3 dimensions. In an apartment, I made them with yarn 8' in diameter.

I really love those.

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