Pulled String Art Painting

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August 1, 2019

String Pull Abstract Painting - finished abstract paintingThis is a fun abstract painting technique using pieces of string to spread the paints around in lieu of just paintbrushes. This is a fantastic all-ages craft.


Make sure to put down newspapers on your work surface. You can place your painted strings on them between pulls.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 painting


  • 1 canvas
  • acrylic paints in several colours
  • 1 paintbrush
  • plastic containers (I used bases of water bottles)
  • string or yarn
  • gloves (optional)
String Pull Abstract Painting - supplies


  1. Spread the base colour of your painting down on the canvas.
  2. String Pull Abstract Painting - spread the base color on the canvas
  3. Make sure it's a nice thick layer and that you paint the sides of the canvas.
  4. String Pull Abstract Painting - paint a nice thick layer and paint the sides
  5. Pour other colours of paint into their own plastic container.
  6. String Pull Abstract Painting - pour out other paint colors

  7. Submerge a piece of string into each colour of paint.
  8. String Pull Abstract Painting - submerge a piece of string in the different colors
  9. Lay the pieces of string around the wet canvas.
  10. String Pull Abstract Painting - lay the pieces of wet string around the canvas
  11. Gently tap down on the strings to make sure they stick to the canvas.
  12. String Pull Abstract Painting - gently tap down on the string to make sure it is sticking to the canvas
  13. Pick up the end of a string and pull down and outward so it slides off the painting, mixing with the other colours, creating a marbled effect.
  14. String Pull Abstract Painting - pick up the end of the string and pull down and outward to spread the paint color, mixing and creating a marbleized effect

  15. Keep submerging strings in paint and pulling across the canvas until you're satisfied with your work of art.
  16. String Pull Abstract Painting - keep submerging the pieces of string and repeating the pulling step until you are satisfied
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May 10, 2018

Another type of fun painting is string art. The designs formed look mostly like flowers.

String Art Paintings - two finished paintings

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