April 16, 2015

DIY Quote String Art + String Art Tips

Okay guys, this is a project I've been wanting to do for quite a while now. I've seen some amazing string art recently (lots at CHA!) and I finally did it!

It also just happens to be "Pallet day" on the Hazel and Ruby blog, which means a bunch of us on the design team are sharing projects using recycled pallets. This is mine.

I decided to use a quote rather than doing a shape or image, and one of my favorite quotes is "Not all those who wander are lost" by Tolkien.

If you want to learn how to make a quote string art, here's how:

Supplies: Wood to do your string art on, 1" Nails, Hammer, String, Letter Stencils (I used Hazel and Ruby stencil masks).

1. Find your wood! There are plenty of different wood options for your base. You could use a wood canvas, a piece of plywood, or an old pallet like I did.

For mine I disassembled a pallet and cut the wood down the the size I wanted and then screwed them together on the backside using some scrap pallet wood. It was pretty easy, you can see how I did it in the picture below.

2. Paint your wood! This is totally optional, you may prefer the wood look. I normally love the wood grain of natural wood, but I didn't like the dark color (too gloomy!) of this wood so I painted it.

 3. Next you'll want to decide on a quote and place letters on to your wood, spacing your letters equally and leaving about half an inch or so in between each letter.

Now you could print out and cut out paper letters to use as a guide, but I actually used Hazel and Ruby stencil masks and they were *perfect* for this.

(You can see in the photo below, I only had 1 W stencil so I used an M while placing my stencils, but when it was time to nail, I switched it to the other W.)

4. With your stencils placed, Take your hammer and nails and start nailing! You want to put nails in each corner of your letter, and then place them in between those nails as well, outlining your letter.

5. Repeat step 4 until you've done your entire quote.

I recommend leaving the stencils in place until you're ready to string the letter and then removing it. That way you can see your words and not just a bunch of nails.

6. Time for some string! Start by tying one end of your string into a know on to any nail on your first letter.

7. Next you just want to wrap your string around that letter until you have it covered. You can go around the entire outline of the letter first and then going back and filling the inside in or just randomly wrapping it. Just make sure you have the outline done!

Once you've finished a letter, knot off your string and repeat steps 6 and 7 with the next letter!

Some tips from a first time string art artist:

  • Buy enough nails!  I had originally only bought 1 pack (4oz) of wire nails to do this and only got about 1 third of the way done. 
  • The more nails the better when wrapping! Especially on curved letters, the more nails you use to outline the letter, the better it will look and the more places you'll have to wrap your string.
  • Take breaks! As I mentioned in the first tip, I underestimated the amount of nails I'd need. I also underestimated just how much hammering was involved. I had to take some breaks before I got a hand cramp!
  • String: I actually used embroidery floss for my string. On a practice piece of wood I used yarn- which while it produces a fuller/bolder look (than the thin embroidery floss) and is a little easier to see, I didn't like how it was fuzzy. So it's all up to you and what you like.

The Hazel and Ruby masks were perfect for using as a guide for where to place my nail! I'd definitely recommend them if you want nicely shaped letters!

You can find all 7 amazing Pallet DIY ideas by the Hazel and Ruby team here.

Have you done string art before? Any tips you would share?

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April 15, 2015

30 Days of Lists - March 2015

Today I wanted to share with you the little album I made last month for 30 Days of Lists. If you don't know, 30 Days of Lists is a creative journaling challenge for people who love to make lists. Which I definitely love to make lists. Ha.

You can learn more about the 30 Days of Lists challenge here.

I've been doing the 30 Lists challenge since it started, although I missed a couple of them because I was traveling, busy or needed a break. ;) You can see all of my "lists" here.

I'm so glad I did it this March though, it's always fun to document your life in lists.

I decided to make a simple mini album for my lists, bound with just 1 binder ring in the top. I wanted to use up a good bit of my paper scraps for this project, and rather than have them all random I decided to organize them by color!

I had so much fun in my little rainbow album. I found my self looking forward to when I got to the next color.

The next 30 Days of Lists challenge should be in September, so be sure to check it out!

Do you love lists as much as me?

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April 14, 2015

Custom Starry Night Shoes

Today I have a new pair of custom painted canvas shoes to share with you guys. You can see all of my custom shoes in my facebook album, here.

A friend asked for a pair of custom shoes with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painted on them- with the Doctor Who TARDIS on it.
I've never actually watched Doctor Who, but I do know what the TARDIS is, and this was a fun little scene to paint.

My etsy shop is closed for the Summer while I'm traveling, but please stop by my etsy store and save it for later! 

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April 13, 2015

DIY Scrabble Tile Journal

Today's normal "Make it Monday" post has been cancelled in honor of National Scrabble Day! Yep, April 13th is National Scrabble day, are you celebrating?

Scrabble tiles have always been popular to use in crafts, because you can use them as charms, or make art by spelling names and things. I wanted to create a fun journal using scrabble tiles as the covers.

Supplies: Scrabble tiles, chipboard or acrylic (for the covers) hole punch, paper, adhesive, ribbon.

1. Start by making your covers from somethings sturdy like chipboard or acrylic (what I used).
My acrylic covers are 3.5"x5.5" with 3 holes punched along one side.

2. Choose your Scrabble tiles! You could just choose random letters or spell things!
I spelled a few words, like Artsy, Journal, Crayon, etc, and filled in any blank spaces with random letters.

3. Squirt a little adhesive onto the backs of your tiles and glue them down onto your covers.

4. Let your letters dry and cut your inside pages. You want them the same size as your covers.

I used newsprint paper for my pages, but also cut half a dozen patterned papers to place in between the newsprint pages.

5. Using the holes on your cover as a guide, punch the holes in the same places in your pages.

6. Cut 3 8" (or whatever size you think you need, 8" is what I used) pieces of ribbon.

7. Stack your covers and your pages, lining up the holes and thread your ribbons through the holes.

8. Tie you ribbon in a loose knot- loose enough so that the book opens up but tight enough so that it's all held together.

9. Trim up the extra ribbon (or leave them long if you prefer!).

This was such an easy project and makes the cutest (in my opinion) little journal! If you use a real Scrabble board this could be used as a journal to keep score!

I love playing scrabble, I don't play the actual board game real often, but I play online against my Mom all of the time!

Are you a Scrabble fan?

Happy National Scrabble Day!

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