It can be a little tricky to get the scale accurate for a large scale mural from a sketch. We drew our design by hand first, with a rough scaling of 1″ to 1′. Once the design was almost fully formed, we transferred it to photoshop for the finishing touches.
Having a final design that would easily scale made the taping off process SO quick! We measured our drawing in inches and then transferred that to our wall in feet.
Blue painter’s tape was our best friend during this DIY project. Also, mapping out the color blocks with color chips helped us keep of track of what color should go…
Obviously we love painting- DUH!:)- but sometimes we like to dabble in other mediums. To add an extra layer of texture on our wall, we revived the lost but oh-so-cool activity of string art. Although string art was started in the late 1800s as way to help kids better understand mathematics, it moved out of the left brain and into the right as a contemporary craft in the 1960s.
Beginning with one point at the top of our triangle, we hammered a drywall nail halfway into the wall. We chose drywall nails because the flat head stops the yarn from going off the edge when pulled tight.
We followed along the bottom of our triangles and placed nails one inch apart along the edges.
Starting at the top, we pulled the yarn down to the first bottom nail, looped it once, pulled it over to the neighboring nail, looped it again, and then back up to the top nail.
Repeat til complete!
For more string art inspiration, check out our Pinterest board!