Hey everyone! It's Nicole on the blog today. I've been drawn to string art for the past several years. I finally decided to try it out myself and I put a little spin on the final project using Helmar to put together my flower embellishments.
I picked up this wood slice with the natural bark edges at my local craft store.
I started by painting the inside black with acrylic paint.
My silhouette machine did the work of cutting the monogram using Samantha Walker's Par-Tay Thyme font. I then traced around the outside with a pencil.
Next up is a little hammering - hopefully you won't be trying to do this while your toddler is sleeping ;) I eyed where to place each nail making sure I accounted for keeping the nails closer together around the curves.
I've seen many different materials used, but I decided to use white embroidery floss. I had it handy and it was the thickness I wanted.
Begin by tying a knot around a nail and then I went around the whole perimeter before starting the inside.
I used a haphazard approach when doing the inside and filled in the rest of the C. Once finished I used a spot of Helmar Craft Glue to secure the ends.
I pulled my Silhouette out again and cut some beautiful paper flowers designed by Jamie Cripps. I added ink to the edges of both the petals and leaves.
To add dimension I rolled the petals using a shish kabob skewer.
I put the flowers together with drops of Helmar Craft Glue.
I used the same technique when putting the roses together, but added Helmar Zapdots between a few of the layers to give a little more dimension and height.
I love that the Helmar Zapdots come in black and white. The black worked great for these flowers and the foam dots stay hidden in the petals.
Once all the flowers had been put together I used more Helmar Zapdots to attach them directly to the wood background.
Once the flowers were placed I added the leaves and grass pieces behind the flowers with Helmar Craft Glue.
I just love the outcome and am excited to give it to the recipient. Have you tried this kind of project before? If so I would love to see. Thanks for stopping by the Helmar blog today.