Fall Tree Art: Pulled String Painting

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The boys and I had a creative morning. I grabbed some paints in fall colors (red, yellow and brown), along with some canvas paper and Paint Dab Markers we received from CraftProjectIdeas.com.

I had a really fun, fall art scene planned for the kids to make with an art technique I’ve been wanting to try for ages!

Make a fall tree painting by pulling strings

Turns out, the boys didn’t want to try it that way and just wanted to paint ‘the way they wanted’.

Boys being creative

And that’s okay.

Sometimes activities just don’t happen that way I planned. Actually, usually they don’t. That’s what makes them great. I usually just go with the flow and see what comes out of it.

The boys absolutely loved the Paint Dab Markers. Henry mixed the colors together to see what he could come up with. George just loved trying each one of them.

While the boys explored their paint, I still went on to try this art technique that I’ve been meaning to try for so long. I did this for two reasons. One, to do a trial run of it to see if I had troubles with it, and to see how to show the boys to do it. Secondly, I was hoping to entice the boys to want to do it by showing them the art technique. It didn’t work this time though.

Anyhow, I did a pulled string painting. Since I didn’t get the boys to do it, I didn’t think to take photos as I was going along. Recently, I saw pulled string painting done at Inspiration Laboratories, and she has great instructions to do it (with photos) that I followed (I did her Method 2).

In a nutshell, I had a piece of canvas paper folded in half. I dipped multiple pieces of yarn in the paint colors (red, orange and brown). I ran my fingers over them to smooth out the globs of paint. I laid them on one side of the folded paper. I kept them mostly towards the top half of that side too.

The trick to pulled string art is to leave the end of the string hanging off the edge of the paper. Once the string was laid out, I folded over the paper, and held it down with my hand as I pulled each string out. I tried to pull them out in multiple directions to get more variety.

Make a fall tree painting by pulling strings

Pretty cool art technique, huh?

I wanted to make this a fall colored tree. I added a brown trunk by the crease on one side of the paper and again folded the paper in half to continue the symmetry.

I then got the chance to play with the Paint Dab Makers and added dots of yellow, red and green paint throughout the tree.

My finished fall tree using a pulled string painting technique. I just love it. Maybe I’ll entice the boys into trying it someday.

Fall Art: Pulled String Painting

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  1. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says

    Wonderful – I love the pulled string picture and it’s on my to do list of activities (think I may wait till the kids are a little older though) but what an effective way to produce a tree and the dot markers are perfect as well.

  2. says

    Your tree looks great…and I can totally relate to the experience of having the children not do the activity as planned. Sometimes they come up with something better…sometimes not! I try to just remind myself it’s not about me and go with their flow. (I am more successful at going with the flow on some days than on others!)

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