So excited for today’s project! I have caught the crystal fever, not the kind where you become so obsessed that you blow millions on them like our good friends Speidi (did you know that they are still married?!) but obsessed enough that I want the design everywhere.
Finding affordable, inspiring art for your house is somewhere that a lot of people (myself included) come up short. It seems like time and again you have the option of unique and inventive art that is uber pricey. Or boring and well…boring and is readily available.
Creating art for your house with elements that inspire YOU, is one of the best ways to build your creativity. And the good news? Its not permanent, so if you have rapidly changing design hormones, you can change it up as often as you need.
Supplies for this Geode String Art project cost a meager $1.59. That is what I spent on a roll of Embroidery Thread. Everything else I had on hand. Sometimes great art does not have to be expensive.
When you are rockin a project like this, you want to make sure that you are using really thick high quality paper. I used Watercolor paper because it is what I had on hand and I am mildly obsessed with the texture. If you want though, you can totally use poster board, foam core, or even fabric.
Start by finding an image that you love. This is mine. (Thanks Jamie!!)
Notice that there are only a few points that all of the lines meet. This is what gives it the crystal structure design. If your lines are all over the place with no rhyme or reason, it just doesn’t have the same effect.
Start by marking where your intersection points are. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can absolutely free hand it.
Poke a small hole in each of your marks with your needle and then start threading your design.
Make sure that the thread only crosses each line on the front once, you can overlap as many times as you need to on the back of your project, but keep the front beautiful.
This is a great project to do while you are catching up on, oh…something like Breaking Bad for instance. I am only on Season 3 and everyone in my life is telling me to hurry and watch it so we can discuss.
Now for the REALLY good part.
Have you ever fallen down the blogging rabbit hole? You know where you click somewhere and it takes you somewhere else, and then that takes you somewhere else and so on, until your kids are screaming at you because they are starving? I know that personally, I have gotten into the habit of living in the DIY bubble and don’t regularly read blogs outside of this niche. Everyone that I chatted with about this phenom is in the same boat. So one night (really really late) I got to thinking. I was thinking about all of these amazingly talented people that are queens of their own respective niches and how much I loved what they were doing. And how people just didnt know. Then it hit me like a wall of bricks (rainbow of course)
What if everyone came together with a common element?
An element like color.
Introducing the quarterly Color Challenge. Dun dun dun duuuuun!! 7 amazing bloggers working their respective magic with one specific color. Then it is all prettied up and delivered right to your keyboard. Everything from parties (Studio DIY) to makeup (Maskcara), and cookies (Bake at 350) to kids crafts (Small Fry). And of course fashion (Cara Loren) to furniture (yours truly) to organizing (iHeart Organizing).
I am so excited about it I cant even contain myself.
It is like Christmas with a big fat pink bow. Pink because it is the color for this quarter. More specifically Hot Pink. Hope you guys find inspiration for every aspect of your life.
Oh, and please enjoy the rabbit hole. You have my permission to not do laundry today.