Monday, February 14, 2011

String Tree




I was on re-nest blog and I found this post on how to make as string tree wall mural. Which I’m actually going to try to put in my room. I think it’s great. Since, it uses materials that I would have never though of using to make a mural. It also gives a lot of visual interest into any room. I think it can be use on a kid’s room. Therefore, “this impressive mural was made by artist Kathryn Anderson.” Here are the steps on how to make it and what you need.

Materials:
PushpinsBrown yarn or stringA piece of wood to use as a thimble

Instructions:

1.
Make the Outline: Begin by putting pushpins into the wall in the general shape of the tree you'd like to create. Using a piece of wood as a "thimble" will spare your fingers from blisters and from becoming numb. Kathryn begins with a photo of a tree printed out to give her the basic guide as to the shape she's going for.
A few tips from Kathryn on designing your tree:
Don't be too symmetrical or regular with the branches, trees are not ladders.
Generally odd numbers of things look better than even.
Don't try to make it too perfect. Trees grow kind of wonky.
Don't be too linear. Jump around with the string.

2. Begin to Wrap the String: Using a brown yarn, begin to wrap the string around the push pins. Start with the trunk and then do each brand individually. Kathryn advises not to be too linear—jump around with the string and double back to give more texture or the appearance of bark. Feel free to use the same pin many times.

3. Add Character: To make knotholes, make a ring or two of pushpins and wrap the string in a circle while weaving in and out. Vary the size of branches and the spacing between them. Let branches overlap.

4. Starting and Stopping: To take a break, simply tack the string firmly into place with a pushpin and wind it around a few times to maintain tension.


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