Monday, May 13, 2013

Going Retro with Art

I was cruising Pinterest the other day, who am I kidding I'm on Pinterest every day, and I saw some string art. If you're old enough, you remember string art from the 70s along with macrame and others from that era. I thought it looked cool. The picture I saw was a custom name plaque. I thought I would try my hand at some.

I had the perfect little client, my 1.5 year old nephew, that it would work for.

He has this cute little quilt and I thought the whale would be perfect. I put in a call to my MIL. She's a whiz at patterns, so I thought she'd be the perfect helper for this project.

The board was selected. I was going for a bit rustic, but it needed a little somethin' somethin'. So I tested a wash on the back. It looked great so I decided to go for it.

My MIL blew up the whale, printed it and marked all nail spots.  She actually did it twice because I originally told her I wanted it 3feet by 4 feet. That was way toooo big. Big Fail!! We settled on 2X3 instead.

We nailed and we nailed and we nailed, then we nailed some more. Seriously it was a lot of nails.

I thought it looked pretty good with just the nails. Then we started winding string.

And winding...

And winding some more.

 I'm hooked! I want to string art everything. It looks great on my little nephew's wall. Many thanks to my MIL Nila Szweda for all the help.
Im linking to Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch, Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesday,  Suburbs MamaA Stroll Through Life,  Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap up party and the DIY Showoff


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How fun, I havn't seen any string art in years. This is such a fabulous art project and it looks amazing. Great tutorial too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

My name is Rita said...

I absolutely love this! What a great idea for big impact art that doesn't cost a arm and a leg. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:

Sew Pink said...

Thanks for the invite Rita. I did link up. Love your blog. it will be one of my new daily reads.