When I was younger, I loved to paint and draw. I still do to this day however, I don’t make as much time for it as I should. Being a graphic designer by trade, most of my time is spent in front of a computer. It’s always nice to step away and create something with your hands every now and then, making happy mistakes that you can’t undo by simply hitting command+z. I’m a sucker for beautiful patterns and textures and sometimes the art that I love is simply out of my budget. Using a wood block with rope or twine, create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that you can treasure for years to come. Tackle this solo to get your creative juices flowing or get the kiddies involved!
- Scrap wood block
- Watercolour paper
- Picture frame
This example creates 3 different patterns
- Take your rope and cut about 15-24” off.
- Tie this piece of rope around the block, tying it on one side to secure it.
- On the side without the knot, arrange or move the pieces of rope to create your desired design.
- Dip the block in ink, making sure to cover each piece of rope.
- Using the block as a stamp, create a pattern onto your paper. Once you’re happy with the pattern, let the paper dry and frame it on your wall!