Introduction: Creating Pull-String Art
This is a fun, unique, and easy way to make art that looks professional. These are great for gifts, decoration, or just to satisfy your creativity.
Step 1: Choose the Size of Your Canvas.
*Make sure to use wood-framed canvas. Canvas without the wood frame will curve when it dries and it will not lay flat.
*Look for "gessoed" canvas; it is already primered so it is ready to paint.
Step 2: Choose Your Paints.
*You will need a large bottle for your base color. Smaller bottles can be used for the design.
*Acrylic paints tend to work better than oil.
Step 3: Gather Your Other Supplies.
You will need:
- parchment paper
- paint brush
- elevated rack (with holes for the paint to drip through)
- something to spread paint with (putty knife, paint stirring stick, old pie server, etc.)
Step 4: Prepare Your Work Space.
- Use the parchment paper to cover the surface you will be using to catch dripping paint
- Place the rack on top of the paper, and the canvas on the rack
Step 5: Plan Your Design to Measure Your String.
*Place the string on the canvas in your desired design in order to know how much string is needed.
Step 6: Cut Your String and Place It on a Separate Sheet of Parchment Paper.
Step 7: Generously Coat Your Canvas With Your Chosen Base Paint.
*Here I chose white.
Step 8: Spread the Paint With the Spreader.
*Be sure to spread it evenly, coating the entire surface of the canvas.
Step 9: Coat the String With Your Chosen Design Colors, Using the Brush to Cover It Completely.
*You can alternate two colors or create your own pattern with multiple colors.
*Leave a clean space at the end of the string so you have somewhere to hold it.
Step 10: Gently Remove String From Paper, Holding It at Both Ends.
Step 11: Carefully Place String on Canvas in Previously Chosen Design Pattern.
Step 12: Grab String From Unpainted Bottom and Slowly Pull Downward Off the Canvas.
*Be sure to keep the string in the same spot when pulling.
Step 13: Set in a Safe Place to Dry.
*Since the paint is thick, it can take up to 24 hours to dry completely.
Step 14: All Done!
*If you did the same pattern pictured, it should have a floral shape.