Abstract Painting With String! (No Artistic Skill Required!)

Introduction: Abstract Painting With String! (No Artistic Skill Required!)

About: Hi! My name is Hannah, and I'm a 15 year old maker in progress who loves chickens and sewing!

There are thousands of crafts you can make with string, but have you ever thought of painting with it? Yeah, it sounds a bit weird at first, but the result looks so amazing, people will never know it was painted with string! It's so simple yet satisfying to do!


  • String, almost as long as your canvas (or paper)
  • Acrylic paint
  • A pair of gloves
  • A canvas or painting paper
  • A piece of cardboard or plastic to cover your workspace

Step 1: Prepping the Canvas!

First, cover the whole canvas with titanium white. Don't let it dry!

Step 2: Time to Get Messy!

Put on your gloves and squirt some paint into a bowl or a dish with an edge. Take your string and mix it in the paint, except for the part you're holding.

Step 3: Create Your Design!

Lay your string on the canvas/paper in a zig-zag pattern. Then, carefully pull the string slowly towards yourself.

Step 4: Repeat!

Now repeat the steps again as many times as you want, with as many colors as you want! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this Instructable! Wish me luck in the contest!

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    2 years ago on Step 4

    LOVE THIS! I saw another version where you put the painted string on a dry canvas and put paper on top and pull the string. I tried this last night it and it DID NOT work. Your idea makes better sense! I am going to try this again tonight! Thank you! Voted!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes! You're welcome! I hope it turns out great!