I recently became fascinated with string art and decided to play around with some ideas that could eventually work for a large, open wall in my living room. What resulted were a couple 2’x4′ wood panels with painted geometric forms and string outlines:
For my second piece, the process went like this:
Step 1: Model & Fit
I modeled the shapes I wanted to use by playing around in Processing using the HeMesh library which allows for quick 3d rendering and manipulation. After playing around I settled on a couple shapes like this:
Next, I brought these shapes into Photoshop to ‘posterize’ down to 2 distinct colors. I then placed the posterized images and their outlines on a canvas that matched the ratio of the 2’x4′ wood sheet.
Step 2: Project & Outline
Using a projector, I projected the shapes onto the wood and marked off the intersections of the lines. Once I had those markings, I took a single nail and left holes at each of the marks so I wouldn’t have to mark on top of the paint later on.
Step 3: Tape & Paint
I taped off the relevant forms and applied flat acrylic wall paint from the local hardware store.
Step 4: Nail & String
Finally, I nailed into the same spots that I nailed into during step 2 and wrapped embroidery floss along the nails in the same pattern as the modeled images.
The results! This was gifted to my friend Bennett. I’ll have to post a better pic once he hangs it.
What I like about these pieces is that they start out in a very rasterized way – Photoshop & crude lines – but increase in resolution once you lay down the paint & string. Very rarely do you see things in life go from raster -> vector. I also like how the shadows play tricks with your eyes. Even without the strings, you start seeing 3d shapes.
Here are the materials I used:
- A 2’x4’x1.5″ sheet of birch wood from Home Depot
- 2x cans of flat acrylic paint (light & dark blue)
- Nails – 3d 1-1/4″
- Embroidery floss
- Painter’s tape
- Flat mounting brackets