I love spending time outdoors. I love sunshine, blue skies, and fresh air. I wanted to make an accessory to remind me to take a deep breath and enjoy my time outside with my family. I did it with one simple word…. air.
I decided to try my hand (and hammer) at nail and string art… and I love how it turned out.
I started out at my computer. I picked out a font (you can download it here), opened up illustrator and typed “air” with 700 pt letters. Then I dashed the line using 3pt dashes and 20pt gaps. I hit print and had a template.
I got a wooden plaque at the craft store, a box of nails at Lowes and a hammer out of AMGP’s tool box.
Stop. Hammer time.
I ended up not quite using my template exactly, since some of the dots are really close together. I learned to hammer carefully and be sure to only hit one nail at a time. If not, you will bend a nail. And let me tell you, it is hard to pull a nail out of the middle of all the other nails. I had to get a pair of pliers.
Once all my nails were in, I ripped off the paper template and got to stringing. I used size 10 crochet thread. I seemed like the Goldilocks of threads… yarn would be to think, sewing thread would be to thin, and embroidery floss would be too difficult to deal with. I went around the border of the letters first and then filled them with no particular pattern. A couple knots and she was done.
My nail and string art is just a breath of fresh air, don’t ya think?