I am by no means an artistic guy. I can color between the lines like a champ and select the best PowerPoint template with ease, but anything more is a hassle. I appreciate colors and modern designs, but when it comes to producing it myself, I leave that for the visual arts majors. Regardless, I like to try new things. For that reason, and the desire for better looking walls in my apartment, I helped organize the Global Village Craft Night.
We decided on string art as the craft for the night, and people loved it. We cut out 12 inch long pieces of wood, painted them black, and printed out templates for residents to follow. To do string art, you just need to pick a design, nail in nails to outline the image, and then draw string between the nails to illustrate the image. The final result is a modern and colorful work of art to compliment any living room or coffee table. Hammering in the nails took some time, but we all sat around a table together and laughed about the designs we were attempting.
I made a soccer ball, which only used black and white string, while others used an array of colors to make small birds, Chinese characters, mountains, and even New Zealand. The warm spring evening was perfect for the event, especially since we were relaxing outside in the grass. Some residents even crafted friendship bracelets with the extra string. By the end of the night we all left with a new creation of our own. I still have plenty of wood pieces and colored string left over as well. I know what I’ll be decorating with this summer.