I wrote last summer about how I got a new gig teaching art classes for the city of Akron in the Parks and Recreation department. I have to say that It’s taken me a while to get my bearings with this job. Supplies aren’t easy to get, more crafty classes don’t necessarily go over well with the general population but are wildly popular with a smaller group and larger art pieces take quite a lot of time to develop. Also, I’m teaching in four different recreation centers so I always have boxes and tote bags full of supplies rattling around in the back of my vehicle.
Considering that I am a self-taught artist I find myself teaching myself all sorts of new things these days. Frankly, I find that pretty exciting and slightly exhausting all at the same time!
Don’t ask me why I haven’t shared any of the projects here yet because I don’t have a good answer for you. But HERE. Is the string art I did for February and it was a big hit even if it is more crafty.
Because it was February I wanted to do a project related to Valentine’s Day but not. I mean, not EVERYONE wants to celebrate the day. Ya know?
So I opted for an I LOVE Ohio project.
And here is what you’ll need to make your own:
- 12×12 cut of wood
- Nails with smaller heads – I preferred brass Escutcheon nails
- Print out of your state (right click and then click on “print” to print the Ohio image above)
- Wood stain of your choice
- Paint Brush
- Rag or paper towels
- Sanding sponge
- Painter’s Tape
- String of choice – I used size 30
- Lightly sand the wood and stain according to manufacturers directions
- Sand again once the stain is dry if needed
- Print out the image of your state – or the one above
- If creating your own – Cut out a heart and draw its outline over the area of your choice.Place dots where you want the nails with a marker or pen.
- Center and align the printout on the dry and sanded wood
- Tape in place with painter’s tape
- Using the pliers to hold the nails pound a nail in the wood at each dot – be sure to do the heart in the center first
- Once all of the nails are in – tear the paper off the background
- Tie the thread to one nail and randomly wrap it around another nail head across the board.
- Repeat crisscrossing the state in a random manner wrapping the thread around the nail – be sure not to go inside the heart or outside the state outline with the thread – not easy along the Ohio river!
- Once all of the nails have been wrapped go around the outside to create an outline. You are simply connecting the dots.
- Once the outline is finished cut the thread and tie it to a nail to finish off.
- For the heart, repeat as you did for the state
That’s all there is to it.
What state do YOU love?