Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Heart String Art Tutorial (with video)

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Hi y'all!

I'm back for another CeCe Brand Rep Project! I truly love these products and if you follow along via social or any of the Facebook paint and DIY groups I belong to, you may have seen some snippets of this project back in February around Valentine's Day. I had the honor of hosting a workshop with a version of this project for the Make it Take it Station at the Philly Home Show.

Here's what you will need for this cute artwork project:

Supply List:

- A decent and heavy enough (but not so heavy that you can't properly handle it) hammer
- Scrapwood or a pine board cut to about 12x12 size
- Foam brush
- Twine or String
- 1/4 in. Wire Nails
- Sanding Sponge
- CeCe Caldwell's Stain+Finish in Beechnut Gray


Sand your board with your sanding sponge in order to remove the factory finish on it. Apply the Stain+Finish with the foam brush, always staining in the direction of the wood grain, never against it. You don't want to overload your brush, offload onto a paper towel if you think you have too much. Apply one coat for a slight weathered wood look, two coats for a deeper gray stain. Wait in between coats for stain to fully dry.

Next using a template that is taped down to your board, score the wood by taking one nail and lightly hitting it with the hammer to make one indent into the wood at a time, about 1/2 inch apart all the way around.I simply created a heart template using clipart in Word and fit it to the full page (8 1/2"x11") then printed it out. Once your board is scored, hammer a nail into each indent. Make sure to hit the nailhead dead on, and straight down about halfway into the board.

Once all your nails are in, begin to string. Tie off the string with a double know at your starting point. To create an outline you must go around each nail following your shape. Then you can string in a diagonal manner or in whichever way you decide to.

You can see how I did this in the video below.

For the record, the top of the buffet that my string art is sitting on was also done in CeCe's Stain+Finish! I used my two favorite colors for the top of that piece, Kukui and Walnut Grove!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon with more crafty fun!

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1 comment:

  1. Evey that is so cute. My daughter would love this. Think we might have to make one!


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